Real Estate

Leasing

The commercial leasing market is ever-changing and always challenging. And landlords and tenants often have very different objectives. Having experienced counsel on your team advocating for your interests will help you close the best deal possible and limit your risks both during and after the term of the lease. Our leasing lawyers are actively engaged in the market and handle hundreds of leases a year for landlords and tenants and for all property types.

If you are a landlord or tenant with a portfolio of leases, we can help create and implement processes to streamline the leasing process, create consistency among leases, and reduce overall costs. We are deal makers and pride ourselves on providing practical, creative advice for everything from the everyday aspects of renting commercial properties to complex, large-scale leasing transactions — no matter the size, term, complexity, property type, or purpose of the lease. We work to understand and address your specific needs in order to deliver the highest quality legal representation in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Quick Facts


  • 500 lawyers in 8 offices
  • 35+ real estate attorneys
  • Attorneys with 25+ years of experience in sophisticated, large-scale real estate, acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and leasing transactions
  • Leasing programs with designated client service teams and set processes for institutional and corporate tenant clients
  • Practice and attorneys recognized for real estate law in Chambers USA
  • Deep sale / leaseback experience
  • 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 and clean tech, tax law, and government relations experience

Areas of Focus


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Practice and attorneys recognized for real estate law in Chambers USA
Case Study: CVS Caremark Corporation

Mintz Levin has represented CVS Caremark in sale and leaseback transactions involving more than 2,400 retail properties, located in over 40 states, with an aggregate value in excess of $9 billion. CVS/Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark, is the largest retail pharmacy in the United States with over 7,400 CVS/Pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores. Our attorneys oversee all aspects of these very complex transactions, which involve the following:

  • 144(a) and private placement financings
  • Deal structuring, negotiating, and drafting the acquisition, leasing, and other transaction documentation
  • Managing the land use and environmental diligence process
  • Overseeing the related securities law matters
  • Representing CVS Caremark in the largest retail sale / leaseback transaction in the nation’s history, a transaction that involved 340 stores with an aggregate value of $1.5 billion

Case Study: Colony Realty Partners

Mintz Levin counsels this multibillion-dollar private real estate investment fund in its acquisition, financing, and leasing of numerous US properties, including the acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and leasing of the following:

  • $16 million office and industrial portfolio in the Baltimore / Washington, DC industrial corridor
  • $60 million Pillar at Desert View 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

Case Study: Broadcom Corporation

Mintz Levin is Broadcom’s primary leasing and acquisition counsel in the United States and its coordinating counsel for real estate acquisitions in foreign markets. The firm has had a long-term engagement with this Fortune 500 company and its corporate facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Recent transactions include the following:

  • Build-to-suit lease transaction of 150,000 square feet in Rancho Bernardo, California
  • Leasing transaction of over 200,000 square feet of office and R&D facilities in Santa Clara, California, along with a 200,000-square-foot data center
  • Acquisition transaction of the digital television business of AMD (Advanced Micro Devices), including owned and leased facilities in the United States, Canada, and Asia

Representative Clients

  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • Broadcom Corporation
  • Colony Realty Partners
  • CVS Health Corporation
  • GenOn Energy Holdings
  • Gillette (Procter & Gamble)
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Manulife Financial / John Hancock Financial
  • Northeast Utilities Systems
  • Sentinel Properties, Inc.
  • Spectra Energy Corp.
  • San Diego Daily Transcript Office Space Market Continues to Favor Tenants is quoted discussing San Diego County’s office space real estate market. She warns that while the market currently favors tenants it is important to be aware of additional costs associated with the lease, especially building repairs.