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Joseph Yoshimitsu Viola

Joseph Yoshimitsu Viola

Partner| Phoenix

Joe Viola's practice is concentrated in real estate, leasing, and construction.  His practice includes purchase and sale of real property, landlord and tenant representation, negotiation of architectural services and construction work agreements, and settlement of real property disputes.

Representative real estate transactions include general acquisition and disposition of office, retail, industrial, hospitality and multi-family projects; deed in lieu of foreclosure and debt settlement negotiations; sale of bank-owned assets following foreclosure; and sale of assets subject to receivership.  Joe's practice includes work on real property development issues in health care and renewable energy projects.

Joe has served as both landlord and tenant counsel in leasing transactions for office, retail, and industrial projects.  Representative transactions include ground leasing, lease restructurings on retail projects, and settlement of lease-related disputes.

Construction-related work includes representation of owners and contractors in negotiation of construction agreements.

Joe has represented state agencies in real estate related transactions and worked on development transactions on Native American lands.

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Real Estate
  • Represented state education provider in acquisition of research, academic and mixed-use projects
  • Represented purchaser of industrial property from tenancy-in-common owners and provided local counsel services for the related loan forbearance
  • Represented court appointed receivers in asset operations, preservation and disposition for multi-family, office and retail projects
  • Represented health care provider in property acquisition transactions
  • Served as local counsel to financial institutions in deed in lieu of foreclosure transactions and disposition of bank-owned assets
  • Represented renewable energy service providers in negotiations for real property rights necessary to install and operate solar energy systems
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of distressed multi-family property and related debt negotiations
  • Represented foreign investment entity in acquisition of broken condominium project
  • Representation of property owner associations in master planned projects
  • Represented health care provider in lease of medical office space to practitioners
  • Represented tribal organizations and private parties in ground lease and commercial lease negotiations on Native American lands
  • Served as landlord’s counsel in lease of mixed-use retail and office project
  • Represented landlord in negotiation of lease restructurings, disputes and retaking of leased premises
  • Served as counsel to education providers of elementary to post-secondary services in lease of classroom space in retail and office projects
  • Represented health care providers in development of form construction agreements and project specific construction agreements
  • Represented contractor in settlement negotiations for distressed residential project
  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 1999)
    • Executive Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
  • University of Notre Dame (B.Arch., magna cum laude, 1993)
    • American Institute of Architects Award
    • Tau Sigma Delta, Architectural Honor Society
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Real Estate Section, Treasurer (2007-2008)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law (2013-2018)
  • U.S. Green Building Council-Arizona Chapter
  • Shearman & Sterling, Associate
  • O'Melveny & Myers, Associate
  • Arizona
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of New York