Real Estate

Civil Litigation

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP has significant experience in sophisticated regional and national real estate matters. We work closely with individuals and companies—including commercial real estate developers, operators, owners, brokers, financiers, contractors, and architects—in the acquisition, development, leasing, and financing of real estate assets. Our clients range in size and financial strength from start-up and entrepreneurial ventures to more established players in the real estate industry. In addition to traditional real estate clients, we have assisted a number of international labor unions and nonprofit organizations with their real estate needs, including purchasing, financing, and leasing office properties.

Our attorneys have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for real estate litigation, and U.S. News and World Report recognized our Baltimore office for real estate litigation in its “Best Law Firms” ranking. The Washington Business Journal named Zuckerman Spaeder a finalist in its “Best Real Estate Deals of 2002” feature.

Experience Highlights

Zuckerman Spaeder represents a broad spectrum of businesses and individuals whose real estate holdings require protection or development. We frequently represent real estate investors in disputes concerning the adequacy of performance of the general partner in an investment vehicle, and we have assisted community groups and individuals in zoning disputes. Our practice is not limited to real estate business professionals, as we have also represented individuals in complex transactions and in protecting their property interests. We are accomplished and comfortable in litigation and in arbitration, and we endeavor to achieve settlements as quickly as possible to enhance the value of our work for real estate clients.


An integral part of the commercial real estate industry is the acquisition and sale of real property. Zuckerman Spaeder has helped clients acquire and sell undeveloped and developed land, commercial office buildings and shopping centers, apartment and industrial buildings, hotels, motels, and office parks. We have represented clients in various forms of build-to-suit projects, such as projects built for sale to or lease by the future occupant. We have also represented clients in the negotiation of construction contracts and contracts for professional services, the formation of legal entities, the negotiation of equity positions in real estate projects, and the transition of ownership, among other matters.

Zuckerman Spaeder lawyers have also represented clients in a wide range of commercial leasing matters, including both large and small offices, commercial, retail, and shopping center leases. In addition to representing landlords and tenants in prime leases, we advise parties in subleasing and lease assignment matters. Frequently, businesses or other entities that do not regularly engage in real estate transactions, such as labor unions, law firms, nonprofits, or local businesses, look to our lawyers for advice and assistance. Additionally we represent clients in traditional construction and permanent financing transactions, in equity financing, and in ground lease and sale-leaseback transactions. We have also helped clients faced with unique or unusual situations and have developed the expertise to address nontraditional real estate problems.