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Real Estate Transactions

Christopher M. Dargan
Christopher M. Dargan
Marc Schwartz
Marc Schwartz
Brian S. Weinhart
Brian S. Weinhart

SW’s real estate lawyers get deals done.  We are particularly adept in guiding clients through acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing and development.  The firm represents national and international institutional entities, small and mid-sized corporations, individual entrepreneurs and family groups in virtually all real estate endeavors.  Our experience dealing with many of the nation’s most active real estate players assists us in successfully negotiating with them on behalf of our clients.

Acquisition & Disposition

SW lawyers are skilled in the structuring of acquisitions and dispositions for syndicators, funds, REITs, large and mid-sized developers, and other investment vehicles, using combinations of commercial debt and institutional or private equity.  We assist in multi-state transactions and are particularly skilled with regard to complex finance, restructuring and lease transactions.


SW’s real estate finance attorneys are skilled in a wide range of financing methods serving lenders, developers, investors, owners and syndicates. We provide counsel on ownership vehicles, acquisitions and dispositions of projects and portfolios, as well as interests in direct and indirect investment vehicles; venture capital, equity and special opportunity investments and recapitalizations and restructuring of properties and entities.


Our extensive commercial and office leasing practice includes high-volume leasing programs and multiple transactions with many of the nation’s largest commercial tenants. SW’s focus is on landlord representation in commercial lease transactions, including retail, office and industrial properties.


The firm’s lawyers are skilled in the development, drafting and review of contract language intended to successfully avoid conflict and resolve claims based on disputes or alleged defects in construction. When our clients are contemplating or defending a lien claim or lawsuit, they seek our counsel for the most effective representation before mediators, arbitrators, judges and juries. We are knowledgeable and highly qualified to analyze construction issues in a multitude of different projects, and we provide seasoned representation in the prosecution and defense of contract, lien and bond claims, as well as property damage and personal injury claims that can arise during the construction process.


The firm advises on real estate brokerage, development and management.  Our real estate development expertise includes  risk analysis, and the formation of limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and tenant-in-common structures in the real estate context.  Our practice extends to complex real estate litigation and appearances before local, state and regulatory commissions.

Risk Management

The firm’s extensive experience and in-depth expertise in risk management and insurance assists our clients in cost effectively managing all real estate business risk. We provide consultation to develop strategies for underlying claims, review and analysis of insurance policies for defense and indemnity obligations, and negotiation and/or litigation regarding coverage issues.

From the outset of a project, our number one goal is to help clients avoid litigation and manage insurance policy compliance. SW attorneys carefully examine every contract to discover any and all potential third party, partner or other claims.

Please contact Brian Weinhart for more information on the firm’s Real Estate Practice.

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