Real Estate

Whether buying, developing, or selling real estate is your primary business, or you have transactions requiring in-depth knowledge of the real estate market, having experienced lawyers to lead you through the complexities of real estate deals is necessary for your success. Mintz Levin has represented domestic and international clients in sophisticated, large-scale real estate, acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and leasing transactions for over 25 years.

Our extensive real estate experience includes analyzing and structuring complex deals, coordinating projects of significant scope and complexity, providing strong negotiation throughout the acquisition, disposition, and development process, plus a range of other real estate matters and transactions throughout the US and internationally. Our clients include Fortune 50 to 500 companies, large and small landlords and tenants, corporate institutional and individual owners and developers of office, retail, industrial, waterfront, multi-use, and other commercial projects, and developers and other property owners in complex financial structuring and restructuring transactions.


Quick Facts

  • 35+ real estate attorneys
  • 25+ years’ experience in sophisticated, large-scale real estate, acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and leasing transactions
  • Practice and attorneys recognized by Chambers USA for real estate law
  • Strategic real estate consulting services with our affiliate, ML Strategies, LLC
  • Senior lawyers include a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Integrated group of attorneys and professionals with Environmental Law, Litigation, Energy & Sustainability, Tax Law, and Government Relations experience

Areas of Focus

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Practice and 4 attorneys recognized by Chambers USA for real estate law
  • National Tier 1 ranking for Real Estate Law – U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” (2017)
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Paul Churchill

Paul Churchill

Member / Managing Member, San Francisco Office

Daniel O. Gaquin

Daniel O. Gaquin

Member / Co-Chair, Real Estate Practice

Jennifer M. Kiely

Jennifer M. Kiely

Member / Co-Chair, Real Estate Practice

Rebecca A. Lee

Rebecca A. Lee

Member / Chair, Real Estate Development Practice

R.J. Lyman

R.J. Lyman

ML Strategies - Senior Advisor
Special Counsel

Jeffrey R. Porter

Jeffrey R. Porter

Member / Chair, Environmental Law Practice

Case Study: Synata Bio Wins Bankruptcy Auction for Kansas Ethanol Plant

Attorneys from our Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Real Estate and Corporate & Securities practices collaborated to represent Synata Bio, Inc., a bio-based renewable energy company, as the winning bidder in a bankruptcy auction of a cellulosic ethanol plant and electricity cogeneration facility in Hugoton, Kansas. The seller, a subsidiary of Spanish company Abengoa S.A., is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

To facilitate the $48.5 million deal, the Mintz Levin team negotiated the asset purchase agreement, prepared Synata’s winning bid package, and spearheaded a complicated real estate due diligence process. Attorneys also attended the 14-hour auction and counseled Synata on how to effectively compete against the stalking horse bidder, Shell Oil Company. In addition, the firm represented Synata at the subsequent sale hearing in bankruptcy court. With Mintz Levin’s assistance, Synata closed the deal a week and a half after the bankruptcy court approved the sale.

The acquisition of the facility, ideally located for Synata’s purposes, will allow the company to commercialize the technology it purchased from Coskata in another distressed asset sale in which Synata also was represented by Mintz Levin.

Case Study: Broadcom Corporation

Mintz Levin continues its long-term engagement with this Fortune 500 company and serves as its primary leasing and acquisition counsel in the United States and as coordinating counsel to Broadcom on its real estate transactions in foreign markets.

Recent Transactions

  • Advised Broadcom on a 150,000-square-foot build-to­-suit lease transaction in Rancho Bernardo, California
  • Advised Broadcom on its leasing of over 200,000 square feet of office and R&D facilities in Santa Clara, California, along with a 200,000-square-foot Internet data center
  • Acted as real estate counsel in Broadcom’s acquisition of the digital television business of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), including owned and leased facilities in the United States, Canada, and Asia

Colony Realty Partners

Mintz Levin continues to serve as lead national real estate counsel to Colony Realty Partners, a Massachusetts- and California-based real estate investment firm, which owns more than 150 individual investments valued at over $4 billion in 22 major metro locations across the country. Mintz Levin attorneys handle all the acquisition, financing, and leasing issues for this real estate investment firm.

Recent Acquisitions, Dispositions Financings, and Leasing

  • $16 million office / industrial portfolio in the Baltimore / Washington, DC industrial corridor
  • $60 million Pillar at Desertview multifamily property in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • $31 million Spectrum Corporate Plaza in San Diego, California
  • $67 million industrial portfolio in Atlanta, Georgia; St. Louis, Missouri; and Kansas City, Missouri
  • $20 million office property in McLean, Virginia

CVS Caremark Corporation

For more than 15 years, Mintz Levin has represented CVS Caremark Corporation in its acquisition, disposition, and sale and leaseback transactions involving more than 2,400 of the company’s retail properties located in over 40 states with an aggregate value in excess of $9 billion. CVS/Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation, is the largest retail pharmacy in the United States with over 7,400 CVS/Pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores.

Representative Matters

  • Represented CVS in the sale and leaseback of over 112 stores in 27 states, representing over $575 million in value
  • Represented CVS Caremark Corporation in the largest retail sale and leaseback transaction in the nation’s history, a transaction that involved 340 stores with an aggregate value of $1.5 billion
  • Oversee all aspects of CVS’s very complex sale and leaseback transactions, which involve both 144a and private placement financings
  • Oversee all aspects of transactions, including deal structuring, negotiating, and drafting the acquisition, leasing, and other transaction documentation, managing the land use and environmental diligence process, and overseeing the related securities law matters

Representative Experience

  • Closed 18 transactions for a privately held real estate investment company, including acquisitions, dispositions, and financings valued at approximately $450 million.
  • Collaborated with ML Strategies professionals in representing the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in connection with its plaza revitalization plan on its 14-acre world headquarters, Church Plaza, in the Back Bay of Boston, including all aspects of community planning, historical landmarking, environment, development, and project entitlements, and a development of approximately 900,000 square feet.
  • Construction financing and construction document negotiations for an approximately 2.2 million-square-foot R&D / office/ manufacturing facility campus (including up to $95 million of tax increment financing) in Emeryville, California, on multiple ground-leased parcels.
  • Obtained building access rights, leases, or licenses to wire over 500 million square feet of office, residential, and retail properties for communications services.
  • Represent a national multifamily residential developer and property manager in acquisition, development, and financing projects. Ongoing projects include developing a $70 million complex in New York and developing an $80 million complex in Massachusetts.
  • Represented a developer and third-party owner of roof-mounted and parking pavilion solar PV systems in the development of more than 7 MW of distributed solar PV capacity.
  • Represented a nationally recognized developer in the acquisition, permitting, and sale of over 1 million square feet of land in the Seaport District of Boston.
  • Represented a property owner in a 1 million-square-foot rooftop solar lease to a solar developer that installed the solar panel system and sold the solar energy to the building’s tenant.
  • Represented bondholders in connection with marketing a disposition of a hotel condominium unit that served as collateral for defaulted tax-exempt financing.
  • Represented bondholders in restructuring of tax-exempt debt issued to finance development of military housing projects on US Air Force bases in Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, and Massachusetts.
  • Represented the owner of an industrial park in structuring power sale agreements for a combined heat and power plant and the related sale of a parcel to a solar manufacturer.
  • Representing a REIT in installing distributed antenna systems within the office buildings and other properties in its portfolio. The goal is to have neutral host distributed antenna systems that will improve wireless telephone and data service for all carriers in these properties. The systems will also improve public service emergency communications and building staff and building system monitoring communications within the building.

Representative Clients

  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • Broadcom Corporation
  • Colony Realty Partners
  • CVS Health Corporation
  • General Electric Company
  • GenOn Energy Holdings
  • Gillette (Procter & Gamble)
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Manulife Financial / John Hancock Financial
  • Northeast Utilities Systems
  • Pulte Homes
  • Sentinel Properties, Inc.
  • Spectra Energy Corp.
  • The Moinian Group
  • UrbanAmerica Advisors, LLC