Real Estate

Client and Industry Challenges

The outlook for real estate has changed dramatically over the past several years, presenting owners, developers and real estate-related businesses with an array of new challenges and opportunities. Real estate transactions have grown increasingly complex, and commonly require guidance and legal advice on specific elements that are highly focused or particularly sophisticated.

Snell & Wilmer’s real estate attorneys provide a comprehensive approach to legal services for the real estate industry. We assist with real estate projects that range in size from single-tract transactions to multi-use developments and planned communities covering thousands of acres. Working closely with our clients, we strive to accomplish their goals and protect their business interests.

Areas of Service

Having a large, comprehensive real estate lawyer team allows our attorneys to focus their work on a range of practice areas including:

  • Acquisitions and Dispositions

    Our real estate lawyers have the industry knowledge and experience to negotiate and document real property acquisitions and dispositions and assist clients in conducting due diligence investigations in connection with these transactions. Depending on our clients’ needs with specific project, we routinely conduct investigations and reviews involving title, land use, zoning, leasing and other contractual obligations that impact development. We also have a sizable team of attorneys experienced in environmentally-challenging redevelopment matters. We frequently represent companies involved in the acquisition and disposition of a wide array of real estate projects, including master-planned communities and subdivisions as well as office, industrial, retail, mixed use and medical projects.

  • Project Development Services

    Our real estate lawyers can help our clients navigate and understand virtually any aspect of real estate project development. Our team can assist with a broad range of regulatory approval processes, including those involving infrastructure development, project finance, construction, master planning, permitting, environmental compliance, public utilities, water law, historical landmarks, public hearings, city, state and federal regulatory requirements and real estate tax challenges.

  • Project Management Services

    Our real estate team has experience in a range of real estate project management services, including leasing, ongoing improvements, operational issues that arise in connection with the ownership or use of real estate, property management and regulatory compliance matters.

  • Specialized Project Services

    Our real estate team has experience with a diverse range of specialized real estate projects and the unique, often complex transactions and issues they involve. These include most types of specialized development found in our footprint and beyond, including, without limitation, healthcare facilities, hotels and resorts, arenas and other entertainment districts, energy generation facilities, housing, agricultural enterprises, tourism destinations and natural resource development projects. We also have a very active role in commercial development on Indian lands throughout the Southwest.

  • Real Estate Finance

    Snell & Wilmer's real estate finance team represents clients in virtually any type of real estate financing being done in the United States today. While we represent most of the leading national and regional financial institutions in our footprint with a full range of lending services, we also represent dozens of specialized lenders. Given our vibrant development practice, we also routinely represent borrowers needing financing for their real estate projects, whether those projects be portfolio facilities in excess of $1,000,000,000 or single tenant commercial locations occupied by the neighborhood drug store. We also represent clients in sophisticated lease financing transactions involving office, industrial, retail, mixed use and medical projects.

Clients We Serve

As one of the largest law firms in the western United States, our real estate attorneys have been involved in many high-profile projects throughout the region, nationally and internationally. We work with leaders in a broad range of industries, including real estate, healthcare, hospitality, banking, telecommunications, construction and natural resources. These clients understand the value that our attorneys bring to each deal through professional experience, insightful collaborative strategies, technical skills and complete dedication to quality legal work and client service.

Why Clients Select Us

Comprehensive, Collaborative Service: With more than 100 attorneys practicing in the areas of real estate, construction and commercial finance in our Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Mexico offices, we can offer our clients customized solutions tailored to their needs. We work with our paralegals and urban planners to form well-versed teams adept at developing collaborative strategies for virtually every type of real estate transaction.

Knowledgeable and Invested: Our real estate attorneys actively participate in organizations dedicated to educating and enhancing the industry. Our attorneys have collectively written thousands of real estate-related articles, regularly participate in seminars and roundtables and frequently provide clients with timely legal alerts and newsletters that highlight shifting trends and new or revised legislation affecting the real estate industry. Our team is currently ranked as National Tier 1 for Real Estate Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”