With one of the largest, most experienced and diverse real estate and development practices, Sheppard Mullin represents corporate owners, investors, retailers, developers, builders, major landowners, lenders and local agencies on every aspect of development. Our range of expertise and practical experience includes:

  • Site evaluation, purchase and sale
  • Entity formation
  • Equity, debt and mezzanine financing
  • Land use entitlements and related litigation
  • Environmental and regulatory due diligence
  • CEQA and NEPA environmental documentation and defense
  • Condemnation
  • Commercial Leasing and Sale/Leaseback Transactions
  • Transit-oriented development
  • New markets, low income housing, historic and renewable energy tax credits
  • Redevelopment and other agreements with public agencies
  • Public finance, including Mello Roos, 501(c)(3), parking revenue, certificate of participation and Build America bonds
  • Wetlands, endangered species, and water quality/water rights permitting
  • Acquisition, development and disposition of hotel properties and ownership interests
  • Representation of developers of hotels and mixed-use and master-planned resort communities in negotiation of ground leases, land use entitlements and any subsequent land use litigation
  • Contracts with architects, engineers, consultants, and contractors
  • Contract, mechanics lien, stop notice and surety bond claims
  • Real estate purchase and contract litigation
  • Construction defect litigation

We have represented clients in many types of developments, including:

  • Office, R&D and industrial parks
  • Distribution and data centers
  • Retail and shopping centers
  • Urban infill mixed-use
  • Planned residential and recreational communities
  • Redevelopment
  • Coastal and urban waterfront development
  • “Brownfield” and industrial site reuse
  • Renewable energy plants
  • Affordable housing
  • Hotels, resorts and recreational facilities
  • Educational/academic institutions and campuses
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Transit-oriented developments
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Senior Care and Assisted Living Facilities

Sheppard Mullin is consistently recognized as one of the top real estate firms nationally and in California. Commercial Property Executive ranked Sheppard Mullin as a Leading Real Estate Law Firm (2012). Sheppard Mullin has the most California real estate lawyers amongst AmLaw top 75 firms. Chambers USA has recognized the firm as top tier in California for Real Estate; Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use and Environmental Law (2012). U.S. News & World Report (with Best Lawyers) ranked Sheppard Mullin nationally as among the “Best Law Firms” in the country in including Tier 1 rankings in Land Use and Zoning Law and Natural Resources Law, Tier 2 for Environmental Law and Tier 3 for Litigation – Real Estate, and Real Estate Law. Additionally, we were recognized for Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco (2013). Our land use group has ranked first in California by The Legal 500 (2012). The Recorder, the California daily legal publication, recognized Sheppard Mullin as having a leading environmental practice in Northern California (2012). Several of our partners have been annually individually recognized by the Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and The Legal 500 and elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).

Our lawyers function as an integrated team. Not only do we have bench strength with more than 60 real estate, land use and environmental attorneys; we also have significant depth and breadth. Our lawyers bring concrete and cost-effective advice in connection with any issue facing our clients. We pride ourselves on practicality and problem-solving.

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