Commercial Real Estate Lawyers & Services

Acquisition and Sale of Real Property 

Our Commercial Real Estate Team of lawyers in NJ represents purchasers and sellers of commercial and residential real estate throughout the state involving individual parcels or tracts of land; apartment, office, retail and industrial buildings; shopping centers; office and industrial parks; and residential subdivisions and multi-family developments.  Our commercial real estate lawyers have extensive experience with multiple or portfolio properties, improved office, commercial and multi-family properties, Section 1031 exchanges and assemblage of land for development including brownfields sites and acquisition for redevelopment purposes through both private transactions and the use of eminent domain.

Common Interest Ownership and Community Development Associations 

Wilentz lawyers represent developers and owners with respect to the structuring, and operation of various mixed-use and common interest developments featuring shared parking, open space, and amenities such as schools, golf courses, marinas, water features, environmental and open space reservations, sports arenas and retail facilities.  The firm has experience with structuring and documenting various types of common interest vehicles including condominiums, deeds of apportionment, air rights and multi-tiered use rights.  We counsel sponsors regarding project registration approvals from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in connection with the Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act (planned unit developments, age-restricted communities, residential condominiums), including preparation of public offering statements, master deeds, association by-laws and PREDFDA applications. Creation, operation, control and turnover of owners associations is also part of our experience.  Projects on which we have represented clients have included a mixed use transit village development, mixed use retail and low and moderate income housing, condominium hotel projects, residential and commercial condominiums and planned communities, as well as urban hotel and mixed-use projects with community and common interest restrictions and regulations.


The Wilentz construction practice group provides advice and counsel to contractors, subcontractors, owners, government agencies, and developers relating to negotiation, administration and disputes involving virtually every type of construction contract, including: design and design-build contracts; contracts with architects, engineers, and construction managers; fixed-price contracts; guaranteed maximum price contracts, project manuals; specifications; subcontracts; change orders; delay and other construction claims; liens; construction defects; contractor defaults; surety bonds; performance bonds; bid bonds; public bidding and bid challenges, State, local and school contracts, and Federal contracts.  Our construction dispute resolution experience ranges from ADR methods, such as mediation and arbitration, through litigation in State and Federal trial and appellate courts.


Our Environmental Team has substantial experience in regulatory permitting, regulatory compliance and policy matters involved in development and redevelopment projects.  We practice before many state and federal governmental agencies, including the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  Our clients' complex projects include landfill redevelopment, brownfield redevelopment, energy and infrastructure projects, climate change and sustainability matters, air compliance, site remediation including remediation under the oversight of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals, Industrial Site Recovery Act compliance, cost recovery and environmental litigation, solid waste facility permitting, Coastal Area Facilities Review Act and Coastal Zone Management Act and Waterfront Development permitting, environmental enforcement, riparian/tidelands permitting, grants, leases and licenses and administrative proceedings at all levels of government.

Interdisciplinary Areas 

As part of a full service firm, the Commercial Real Estate Team of lawyers in NJ calls on and supports other Wilentz lawyers in the formation, structuring and restructuring of equity ownership entities, all forms of private and public financing transactions including bond and tax credit financing, construction contracting including school and other public entity contracting and bid challenges, construction and general commercial real estate litigation, foreclosures and bankruptcy related matters.

Land Development Planning and Approvals

The Land Use Team has provided skilled guidance and representation to generations of developers and owners in the land development application process for residential, commercial, retail and industrial projects ranging from single lots to shopping centers, industrial parks, office parks, parking decks, energy generators and solar farms.  The commercial real estate team has extensive experience in local and regional land use issues including Meadowlands Development Commission, Highlands, Pinelands, State Plan and affordable housing and litigation of land use matters at all levels of State court and Federal court.

Leasing - Commercial, Industrial, Office, Retail

Our Commercial Real Estate lawyers collectively have decades of experience representing landlords and tenants in preparation and negotiation of large and small office, commercial, industrial and retail leases and subleases.  Projects handled by our attorneys have included large scale industrial and office leasing and subleasing and the representation of office, retail, industrial and restaurant users (large and small).


Our Redevelopment Strategic Business Unit provides a broad range of services to redevelopers, redevelopment entities/agencies, lenders, tenants and purchasers regarding redevelopment agreements, real estate tax abatement, property acquisition, designation of redevelopment areas, redevelopment plans, redeveloper selection, designation of redevelopment entities and entitlements including various loan, grant and bond financing tools. 

Tax Appeals 

We handle real estate tax appeals for all types of industrial, commercial, office and residential properties.

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