Womble Bond Dickinson's real estate leasing work ranges from developing and executing strategies for portfolios of leases for high-rise office building complexes to the negotiation of industrial and warehouse/distribution centers, office space, and retail space leases.

Our real estate lawyers routinely represent landlords and tenants in real estate leasing and subleasing matters throughout the US and UK. Real estate leasing services include:

Tenant Work

A number of large corporations turn to our firm for representation when they lease space and sites for their operations. We also represent various public and private companies with office leasing needs throughout the US and UK. When representing a tenant, we pay particular attention to operating cost pass-throughs, market rent provisions, tax issues and other matters that affect the client’s occupancy costs, as well as issues which impact client operational needs. We also help businesses obtain rights to expand, reduce the size of their leased space or otherwise adjust the lease terms to react to the demands of their businesses. Our work includes drafting and negotiating build-to-suit leases, sale-leasebacks, master leases, space leases, ground leases and subleases.

Landlord Work

We also represent clients who own and manage properties for lease. We have streamlined leasing procedures for landlords who require adherence to their forms for a particular project or type of lease. This standardization relieves our clients from much of the burden and cost of lease negotiation and administration. In representing landlords, we often develop a form lease tailored to each client’s specific property, whether it is a multi-use waterfront hotel, industrial warehouse, shopping mall or a first-class office building.

Leasing Litigation and Dispute Resolution

As part of our leasing transactions work, we negotiate resolutions to conflicts that arise between tenants and landlords, or landlords and lenders. Wherever possible, we attempt to find non-litigious solutions to business problems. When such resolution is not possible, our litigation attorneys have significant experience litigating in state and federal courts all types of leasing disputes, ranging from common area maintenance claims, lease audits, enforcement actions and evictions to construction-related build-out disputes. We have successfully handled such litigation for public company owners of corporate real estate, office developers and owners, national shopping center owners and developers, state pension funds, retailers and lenders.