Duane Morris represents a wide range of land developers and property owners in multiple jurisdictions at the local, state and federal levels. Our real estate development and land use attorneys have extensive experience with site assemblage and acquisition, planning, zoning, subdivisions, use permits, environmental issues and construction contracts. Duane Morris attorneys coordinate all of the disciplines involved in land development, from federal and state environmental and coastal regulation, climate change, air and water quality, discharge permits, water supply, endangered species and critical habitats, to vested rights, development agreements, exactions and affordable housing and redevelopment. We even assist clients with obtaining acquisition, construction and mezzanine financing. Our real estate development and land use attorneys are well-versed in the wide variety of regulatory matters that need to be addressed in relation to development projects.
Duane Morris attorneys advise clients on a vast array of commercial, residential and industrial projects. They include master planned communities of thousands of acres; downtown high-rise towers; smaller, intensive urban infill development; hotel resorts; internationally known tourist attractions and iconic community treasures; retail buildings; medical facilities; educational institutions; and market rate and affordable housing.
The laws, procedures and requirements for development projects necessarily vary by jurisdiction. Leveraging the firm’s expansive geographic reach, Duane Morris real estate and land development attorneys in offices throughout the U.S. provide legal counsel, guidance and advice specific to the issues and needs of that region—from negotiating transfers of air rights in New York to redeveloping federal building sites in Washington, D.C., and from rewriting local zoning ordinances in Pennsylvania to guiding projects through the maze of environmental, water supply and coastal zone laws in California.
Several Duane Morris attorneys are active in professional associations, such as the Urban Land Institute, and serve in civic capacities as members of zoning boards, planning commissions and other development and regulatory bodies. With knowledge and experience from the perspective of both decision maker and advocate, our real estate and land development attorneys are well-positioned to assist clients from the evaluation process through the completion of construction.