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Real Estate Investment Trusts

One-Stop Counsel for REITs

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) must navigate numerous business, legal and regulatory challenges, including executing high volumes of acquisitions and dispositions on expedited bases, frequently accessing capital markets, complying with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requirements, and addressing shareholder disputes.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr attorneys represent public and private REITs across a broad spectrum–from formation through public offerings to acquisitions and divestitures of investments and portfolios to disputes. Given our deep corporate and REIT experience in Maryland–where most REITs are organized–and our sophisticated securities and real estate experience, we serve as one-stop counsel for REITs. We advise REITs with properties across the United States who are active in all real estate asset classes, including: retail; offices; multi- and single-family residential; industrial warehouse and distribution; hotels, motels, resorts, and golf courses; colleges and universities; hospitals and medical offices; public and government buildings; and mixed-use facilities. Our corporate, securities, real estate and tax attorneys work effectively and efficiently together to close time-sensitive transactions.

Our team regularly handles matters related to:

  • Formation 
  • Real estate development, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, mergers, financing and leasing
  • Financings and capital raises
  • Initial public offerings
  • Securities and regulatory requirements
  • Maryland REIT governance 
  • Corporate governance 
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Special trusts
  • Tax compliance
  • Labor and employment
  • Employee benefits
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Tenant bankruptcies 
  • Redevelopment analysis
  • Construction contract negotiations
  • Proxy solicitation and 14a-8 Shareholder Proposals
  • Implementation of shareholder rights plans and other takeover defenses

With deep experience advising REITs on their unique matters, our attorneys excel at client service, employing a high level of responsiveness and a personalized approach while leveraging keen industry knowledge to identify pertinent issues and handle complexities.




The group includes attorneys who have received the following recognition:

Trade Groups & Associations


Jacqueline A. Brooks
Eric G. Orlinsky
Erik F. Williams