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A changing economy has produced an increasingly turbulent commercial real estate market, leading players to unwind old deals to secure more profitable new ones. Given the complexities of the deals and the parties jockeying for position, disputes are almost inevitable. Seasoned counsel can play an integral role in avoiding disputes and, when disputes arise, effectively and efficiently resolving them both in and out of court. Akerman’s Real Estate Litigation Practice Group is recognized by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as a national tier one law firm for Real Estate, Construction, and Land Use and Zoning Law. Our lawyers—who have experience in all aspects of real estate litigation across major markets nationwide—handle bet-the-company litigation for public and private entities, Fortune 500 companies, REITs, financial institutions, landowners, and some of the largest real estate investors and developers in the United States. We craft legal strategies that are driven by our clients' priorities and approach each case with a strong sense of ownership.

In addition to extensive experience in general real estate litigation, our lawyers are nationally recognized for handling landlord and tenant matters – from big box retailers to REITs – and serve as national, regional, and local litigation counsel on a wide an international range of commercial, industrial, retail, and mixed use disputes. We also handle disputes regarding the acquisition of property, regulatory approval of a development, construction of a project, management and leasing of buildings, environmental and regulatory compliance, government eminent domain and regulatory takings, foreclosures and restructuring of financial obligations, and the management and operation of business entities focused on real estate investments. We have represented clients with respect to disputes surrounding everything from premier office buildings, hotels, and condominium developments to citrus groves, golf courses, and undeveloped land, to specialty projects such as power plants, tunneling, pipelines, arenas, hospitals, airports, and transportation facilities.

To help clients achieve their objectives without litigation, we provide pre-dispute guidance to anticipate and forestall disputes. If a dispute does ensue, we explore alternatives to lengthy court proceedings, such as pre-suit mediation. We work closely with the parties to resolve the dispute, potentially salvage the relationship, and narrow the issues for litigation if necessary. When litigation or arbitration is unavoidable, we offer a deep bench of lawyers who routinely appear in federal and state courts, before regulatory agencies, and in arbitration proceedings.

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