Real Estate Transactions

When negotiating a real-estate transaction, hire the best representation available.

In 1803, Thomas Jefferson sent skilled negotiator James Monroe to France to join eminent lawyer Robert Livingston and negotiate for the purchase of New Orleans and its strategically-placed port at the mouth of the Mississippi River.  Turns out Napoleon Bonaparte was interested in selling the whole of the Louisiana Territory. Understanding the geopolitics of the day, Monroe and Livingston (despite their personal differences) negotiated the deal. John Quincy Adams called the Louisiana Purchase “next in historical importance to the Declaration of Independence and the adoption of the Constitution.  It was unparalleled in diplomacy because it cost almost nothing.” Cerami, Charles A. Jefferson’s Greatest Gamble: The Remarkable Story of Jefferson, Napoleon and the Men Behind the Louisiana Purchase.  Naperville, Ill. Sourcebooks, 2003.


Weiss Zarett’s real-estate practice group comprises some of the most skilled attorneys in the state, handling all types of real-estate transactions. Our team’s integrated, interdisciplinary approach leverages in-depth knowledge, creativity, and practical cost-efficiency to negotiate and close deals in the most sophisticated real-estate transactions.  Our clients’ matters reflect every conceivable transaction structure.

Our wide-ranging transactional experience includes sale and acquisition of land; joint ventures involving land development; mortgage-loan financing; development-project negotiation; boundary-line agreements; leasing of office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, and development sites. Weiss Zarett attorneys deal with multi-party, joint-ownership arrangements; like-kind exchanges under §1031 of the Internal Revenue Code; and workouts of distressed properties. 

Our client base includes purchasers, sellers, and investors in office, retail, industrial, and residential properties; developers of mixed-use properties; landlords of office, retail, and industrial space; borrowers of construction, mezzanine, and permanent loans; institutional lenders; and commercial tenants.  

Working in concert with our healthcare practice group, our real-estate attorneys are uniquely qualified to represent national, regional, and local medical institutions, physicians’ groups, and other owners and operators of healthcare-related real estate in connection with their acquisition, development, financing, leasing, licensing, and sale of medical office buildings, hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, treatment centers, medical-research and laboratory facilities, and facilities dedicated to continuing care, independent living, skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care, and urgent care.

Weiss Zarett’s attorneys strive to successfully negotiate every deal cost-effectively, to conserve time and expense, and to avoid future disputes or litigation.  Indeed, our broad litigation experience and expertise gives us the acute ability to anticipate problems and take preventive action. Our seamless, collaborative representation provides guided assistance through all phases of any transaction in virtually all types of real-estate and development matters.

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