Counsel From the Earliest Stage of Development Through Disposition of Projects

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Throughout the continuum of financing, acquiring, developing, leasing and selling real estate are a multitude of complexities to address and challenges to overcome—from regulatory hurdles and shifting capital stacks to construction liabilities and environmental considerations. Real estate projects and deals require strategic planning, creative solutions, and careful oversight of countless moving parts to help avoid risks and maximize profitability.

Attorneys in Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Real Estate Practice employ a comprehensive and pragmatic approach to help clients navigate complexities to realize their real estate vision. We serve a wide range of clients on local, regional and national levels, including developers, lenders, managers, purchasers, sellers, owners, investors, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and regulatory authorities. Our attorneys provide a broad array of services to address the unique needs and challenges that arise at every stage of a real estate project or transaction, including in the following areas:

  • Acquisitions/dispositions
  • Financing
  • Leasing
  • Construction
  • Land use: zoning, land development, permitting, environmental, transportation, utilities
  • Condemnations and regulatory takings
  • Extractions and entitlements
  • Public private partnerships(P3)/government contracts
  • Regulatory compliance (licensure and business permits)
  • Resolution and/or litigation of landlord/tenant disputes or property disputes

We advise on the entire lifecycle of an asset across a variety of classes, including:

  • Retail
  • Offices
  • Multi-family residential
  • Industrial warehouse/distribution
  • Hotels/motels/resorts/golf courses
  • College and university buildings and properties
  • Hospitals and medical offices
  • Public properties (museums, stadiums, convention centers, churches, parks)
  • Mixed-use buildings and properties
  • Land projects

We have particular experience in the robust expansion of higher education and health care facilities and mixed-use properties. For colleges and universities, we have assisted with the development of numerous on-campus dormitories and hotels, including P3 structures and mixed-use properties with retail stores on the ground level. In the health care industry, we have advised on the development and expansion of hospitals and the acquisition and disposition of medical offices. In addition, our team has extensive experience handling a variety of matters for large mixed-use properties that include hotels, multi-family housing, retail stores, entertainment centers, public spaces and parking garages.

Our team’s core qualities as creative problem solvers who are sophisticated and responsive with a keen attention to detail have contributed to our successful track record of getting matters done quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. For example, we regularly advise on innovative projects such as waterfront and urban revitalizations, sports arenas, and large mixed-use complexes. Our attorneys have helped clients negotiate projects with sophisticated structures and delicate environmental considerations. We also have written and proposed ordinances tailored to meet the creative nuances of complex mixed-use development projects, and we have coordinated multi-state transactions for the disposition or acquisition of multiple properties in a single transaction.

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Legal Services for a Variety of Real Estate Classes


The group includes attorneys who have received the following recognition:

  • Chambers USA

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  • Super Lawyers

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  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys

    To be considered for Fellowship in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a qualified lawyer must be nominated by an ACMA Fellow and must meet rigorous criteria.

Trade Groups & Associations
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
  • North American Land Trust
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Lambda Alpha Land Economics Society
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Real Estate Finance Association
  • Baltimore County Planning Board
  • Baltimore City Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals
  • Alexandria Industrial Development Authority
  • Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
  • Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
  • NAIOP National Forum: Trends in Development


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