In its Real Estate practice, the Firm represents local, regional and national real estate owners, developers and investors in the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and sale of office and industrial properties, retail shopping centers, apartment projects, hotels and raw land. The Firm is well known for its expertise in structuring and documenting complex business ventures involving multiple investors and various payment priorities. Members of the Firm counsel clients on federal and state income tax matters (with particular emphasis on entity tax matters) in the context of real estate and other business transactions and in estate planning. Firm clients include individual and institutional real estate developers, hedge funds, pension funds and property managers.
In its Banking practice, the Firm represents lenders in connection with structuring and documenting real estate and other asset-based lending. In addition, the Firm assists lenders with loan work-outs, borrower bankruptcy matters, and foreclosures. Firm clients range from local community banks to large Wall Street investment firms. The Firm often is retained as local counsel by other law firms seeking the Firm's jurisdictional expertise.
The Firm's Litigation practice focuses on commercial litigation in support of the other practice areas of the Firm. Members of the Firm engage in commercial litigation and arbitration matters in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as in federal courts. The Firm is widely recognized for its representation of contractors and property owners in resolving complex construction disputes.
In its Corporate practice, the Firm represents clients in the structuring, formation and documentation of corporations, limited liability companies and other legal entities. The Firm assists clients in buying and selling business entities and assets and in financing business acquisitions and operations through debt and equity placement. We regularly serve as general counsel to clients and assist in employment and other business matters.
SUCCESSION AND ESTATE PLANNING:
In its Succession and Estate Planning Practice, the Firm assists high net-worth individuals, families and family businesses in structuring and effectuating estate and business succession plans. This includes the drafting and implementation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, including life insurance trusts, grantor trusts and charitable trusts, buy-sell agreements and gifting programs utilizing family limited partnerships and other entities. In all cases, we strive to achieve income, estate and gift tax savings and wealth preservation. Most importantly, we fully appreciate and respect the very personal and sensitive nature of the issues which arise in this practice area, and thus we take great pride and interest in developing and maintaining close and trusted relationships with our clients.