Burr’s real estate and construction attorney are experienced in managing financial institutions’, contractors’, or owners’ claims, and the resolution of disputes, including cost overruns, mechanics and materialmen’s liens, retainage issues, and Prompt Pay Act concerns.
We advise clients to help mitigate potential disputes and are experienced in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) techniques, including arbitration, mediation, dispute review boards, and mini-trials.
Our attorneys advise financial institutions in closing construction loans, including facilities used to construct multi-family residential developments, mixed-use projects, planned unit developments, office buildings, retail properties, warehouses, health care facilities, hotels, and industrial facilities.
Our team advises lenders’ in every aspect of the construction process including:
- Construction contracts
- Contract administration
- Environmental issues
- Municipal concerns
- Operational management agreements
- Project management agreements
- Title problems
Our attorneys advise clients in various types of economic incentive finance, including tax credit and bond financing, conservation easements, state and federal home loans, industrial revenue bonds, and public and private ventures. In addition, we assist clients with letters of credit and other securitizations involved in closing specialized transactions.
Environmental, Land Use, and Zoning & Planning
Our team represents clients in ensuring their real estate ventures comply with environmental laws, addressing zoning issues and ensuring the project assimilates into the larger land use scheme of a municipality. We assist clients with permitting, development, water use, site investigation, and regulatory issues, and are involved in all diligence and planning aspects of developing a project.
Land Acquisition Financing
At Burr, we represent financial institutions with the issues involved in borrowers’ initial acquisition of various types of property, including vacant land, timberlands, farm lands, and all types of improved properties.
The firm advises clients in permanent loan financings which arise once a construction project is complete or a project has been acquired. Our attorneys are experienced in navigating the loan transition process from a short term facility to a longer term arrangement while representing the permanent lender’s interests.
Sales and Leasebacks
Our attorneys advise clients through the various phases involved in sales and leaseback transactions, including the purchase of the premises, sales to related or unrelated third parties, 1031 exchanges, and the final leasing of the premises back to the original land holder. We also work closely with our tax team in order to ensure the financial benefits of the transaction are realized.
Burr represents lenders and borrowers in timberland loan transactions ranging from a few thousand acres in a single state, to hundreds of thousands of acres in multiple states. Our team also represents clients in the purchase and sale of timberlands. These services often include other relevant disciplines such as corporate, limited liability company and partnership organization, timber sale contracts, timber management contracts, easements, and timber deeds.