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Sometimes Disputes Are Part of the Deal in Real Estate Litigation—whether it involves purchase and sales contracts, partnership disputes, claims involving breach of fiduciary duty, commercial leases, property insurance, property tax assessments, design and construction defects or boundaries—is part of the real estate landscape. Typically beginning with a transaction of some sort, many factors, including land use, regulatory issues, capital and financing, then lead to situations requiring litigation. The complexities and financial risks involved require experienced professionals who understand sophisticated deal, financing, and ownership structures, as well as the unique rules and regulations that apply to real estate to help clients achieve the most favorable outcomes.
A Multidisciplinary ApproachManatt harnesses the power of our leading Real Estate and Land Use practices—as well as the firm’s top lawyers in diverse and related fields—to provide clients with seamlessly integrated counsel whenever the need arises. Real estate litigation is a true subject matter practice, where we bring to bear our know-how in many different disciplines in resolving disputes.
Our experienced litigators have worked on a wide range of real estate-related issues, including eminent domain, inverse condemnation, land use, construction defects, complex leases, owner and partnership disputes, commercial evictions, homeowner conflicts, environmental regulation, title insurance, zoning, planning, foreclosure, bankruptcy, real estate fraud, property damage, landlord/tenant issues, and commercial insurance coverage.
Tough When Tough Is Called ForOur attorneys are tough, demanding and outcome-oriented. We understand that our approach reflects as much on our client’s business as it does on us. By starting with a goal of achieving win-win solutions, we embody our client’s business philosophy. And rest assured, when a tougher stance is required, we do tough as well as any firm. We know how and when to turn up the heat, often leading to effective resolutions.
Additionally, the current economic climate has had a tremendously negative impact on the real estate industry, lenders and developers. During this difficult time, our team works closely with Manatt’s financial services and corporate lawyers to help banks get distressed assets off their books. When an existing development implodes, we can simultaneously manage all the real estate issues involved as well as construction disputes with laid-off contractors and unions, the environmental impact of the unfinished property, bankruptcy proceedings, insurance claims and investor payouts.
Covering the Full SpectrumWith our broad scope of experience, we can assemble a team to suit the specific needs and achieve the unique goals of our clients. The matters we have handled for clients are as varied as the properties, developments, transactions, and financings that make up the field of real estate. The common ground is that for all of our clients, we focus on an effective strategy that often means moving more capital into a project, limiting losses on a distressed project, or collecting what is owed to our client. Drawing upon the legal talents and litigation experience of our lawyers, we create the most effective and efficient strategies for successfully resolving real estate-related conflicts in the following areas:
Ranked in California for Real Estate Law 2009–2014
Ranked for Litigation – Real Estate 2011–2013
Ranked Nationally for Real Estate Law 2012–2014
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