Real Property

Our extensive real estate transactional practice involves the acquisition, development, leasing and financing of a wide variety of real estate projects for public agencies and private parties.  The Firm’s transactional practice includes the negotiation and preparation of purchase and sale agreements, real property exchange agreements, environmental cost recovery and indemnity agreements, owner participation agreements, disposition and development agreements, ground leases, commercial leases, land use development agreements, environmental remediation agreements, easements, access agreements, license agreements and financing agreements.

Our real estate attorneys are deal makers and strive to provide creative, practical advice and innovative solutions to our clients’ legal and business needs in a variety of transactions and development projects.  We represent and assist private entities ranging from individuals to large, publicly traded businesses in connection with both commericial and industrial properties. Our experience includes the acquisition and development of commercial and industrial parks, mixed use urban redevelopment projects, country club projects and marina projects.

In addition, our attorneys are skilled and well-versed in handling sophisticated transactions for public agencies.  For example, we have represented the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles Unified School District, and numerous other cities, school districts, and redevelopment agencies in the Southern California area.   This experience is especially valuable when assisting private party clients in transactions with public entities – we have negotiated and finalized intricate contracts between public entities and private parties, including representation of the California Yacht Marina in connection with the privatization of the landmark Cabrillo Marina in the Port of Los Angeles.

In addition, we regularly structure and negotiate lease-equity deals and other creative approaches to lease transactions.  We counsel both landlords and tenants in the negotiation and documentation of commercial, industrial, retail and other business leases.  Our leasing practice ranges from short term small space leases to long term major lease transactions, as well as complex ground leases, tenant improvement agreements, and sale-leaseback transactions.   We often address issues such as tenant and landlord bankruptcies, terminations, workouts, enforcement actions, payment disputes, tenant improvement work letters, assignments and subleases, as well as ground leases. 

We represent numerous clients in litigation involving real estate matters, and our eminent domain and land use practice has been well respected in Southern California for over sixty years.  Because of DDSF’s longstanding reputation as one of the premier environmental practices in Los Angeles, we are especially well versed in handling real estate transactions complicated by environmental issues.

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