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Real Estate



Future-focused, business-grounded advice and thoughtful solutions to help you structure, negotiate and close the most complicated real estate and finance deals.

Our approach

The real estate industry is driven by constant changes in capital markets, finance opportunities, new tax incentives, business demand, demographics and entirely novel technology-driven industries.

Our clients are looking for counsel that can identify trends and tap resources to multiply their opportunities.

Whatever the project, we are constantly thinking about what’s next for our clients. Which means a focus on sustainability, transforming communities and leveraging incentives to get shovels in the ground. Real people, real knowledge, creating real partnerships and opportunities.

Who we work with

We work with the full range of participants in the market and with every class of asset, for example:

Affordable housing

We work with every kind of affordable housing—from communities designed for the elderly, to those needing supportive services and housing for veterans. And we use every type of financing resource from HUD, including tax-exempt bonds and tax credits.

Corporate real estate and institutional owners and investors

We work with corporate on their real estate strategies addressing changing needs, especially in a down market when companies are consolidating space, whether they own or lease. By the same token, institutional owners and investors need to satisfy financial growth demands. Since real estate is one of any company’s biggest expenses, paying attention to opportunities pays off.

Entertainment, sports and convention centers

Some of the most successful sports franchises have engaged us to help build new stadiums, including the New York Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets. Whoever your team is, we have the capability to steer your stadium build from the ground up.

Higher education

Colleges and universities are a sweet spot in our practice. We can help you establish and maintain a solid governance structure and tap into available public and private financing for new infrastructure projects—all in accordance with exempt status requirements.

Industrial and manufacturing

We help manufacturing companies find and build their large, often-specialized facilities. We also connect owners with developers looking to repurpose old industrial sites for contemporary public and commercial use.

Military

We assist developers and investors who build housing or install solar power for various branches of the U.S. military.

Museums, theaters and the arts

We have helped nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations to expand their facilities or relocate. We bring the added benefits of tax credit financing experience, nonprofit knowledge and an Arts and Cultural Institutions team that knows arts-related issues inside and out.

Retail

We work with some of the world’s biggest franchises and brands on their headquarters and retail spaces—whether negotiating leases or constructing entirely new buildings.

Comparing real estate restrictions in 2 great cities

Law360 | July 28, 2017

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara and San Francisco real estate associate Ian O’Banion co-authored this article comparing the real estate markets of Boston and San Francisco.

Cell tower woes: Pittsford public skeptical of proposal

Democrat & Chronicle | June 12, 2017

Rochester real estate senior counsel Tom Greiner is quoted in this article about a proposed Verizon Wireless cell tower in a residential neighborhood.

Lusk takes uncommon path to lead Nixon Peabody office

Rochester Business Journal | May 26, 2017

Rochester office managing partner Jared Lusk is featured in this profile discussing his background and path to partner at Nixon Peabody.

Pelican Point Marina seeks boat storage expansion

The Daily Messenger | May 12, 2017

Rochester real estate associate Rob Brenner was quoted in this article about the new rezoning request made by East Lake Road business owners for 6.4 acres behind the Pelican Point Marina.

Law360 names attys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | April 28, 2017

This article mentions recent leadership promotions at the firm including David Brown, Jared Lusk, Jim Vallee, Graham Beck, Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Emily Crandall Harlan, Daniel Gibbons, Linda Huber, Ilana Kameros, Haydon Keitner, Darren Miller, Neal Pandozzi, Edward Puerta, Stephen Reil, and Elizabeth Young.

Legal Risks of Using Automated Drones in Construction

Engineering News-Record (ENR) | April 27, 2017

San Francisco commercial litigation partner Matt Richards and associate Aldo Ibarra contributed this article about legal risks construction companies should consider as automated drone technology becomes more widely used in the industry. Click here to read the full article.

The future is in...a parking garage? Here's one way driverless cars will change urban development

Los Angeles Times | April 16, 2017

Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson is quoted in this article about how autonomous vehicles will impact building developments and urban planning.

Downtown Boston's vibrant again, but its future can't be taken for granted

Bisnow | January 24, 2017

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara is featured in this article as a result of his recent participation in Bisnow’s future of downtown Boston event that focused on the transformation of the city in recent years.

An open letter to Dr. Ben Carson: Nixon Peabody’s Deborah VanAmerongen shares her thoughts for the next HUD secretary

Affordable Housing Finance | January 04, 2017

In this open letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary nominee Dr. Ben Carson, New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen shares her insights on working with HUD and advice for the future.

2017 predictions: What’s ahead for the affordable housing industry?

Affordable Housing Finance | January 04, 2017

This story focuses on the 2017 affordable housing industry outlook. New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted discussing the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

How drones will affect commercial real estate

National Real Estate Investor | December 23, 2016

Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson and associate Garth Bostic co-authored this article about how drones will affect commercial real estate and property rights.

Swedish investor pays $64.25M for South Boston apartment tower

Banker & Tradesman | December 20, 2016

Boston real estate partner Christopher Froeb and associate Christina Ricotta are mentioned as counsel representing the buyer in the sale of a South Boston, Massachusetts apartment building.

Legal Implications of Hotel Brand Proliferation

Hotel Executive | December 12, 2016

Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson and associate Erin Kansy contributed this article about legal issues resulting from the recent expansion in hotel brands.

Industry leaders cautiously optimistic post-election

Affordable Housing Finance | November 21, 2016

New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this article about impacts the election may have on the New York City affordable housing industry. In the article, Deborah emphasizes that President-elect Trump knows real estate finance, is from New York, and likely understands the importance of affordable housing programs.

Boston business leaders react to news of President-elect Donald Trump

Boston Business Journal | November 09, 2016

This article is a roundup of Boston-area business leaders’ reactions to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Boston Real Estate partner Chris Froeb comments on the impact the Trump administration may have on the Boston real estate community.

Swedish Investor Adds To Cambridge Multifamily Portfolio

Banker & Tradesman | October 04, 2016

Boston real estate partner Christopher Froeb and associate Christina Ricotta are mentioned in this article representing Akelius US LLC in its acquisition of Forest Court Apartments in Massachusetts.

People on the Move

Los Angeles Business Journal | October 03, 2016

This news brief highlights the arrival of Los Angeles real estate partner Bryan LeRoy.

Real Estate Giants: 30 Hudson Yards, New York

Law360 | September 30, 2016

This article, the eighth story in a series looking at the law firms and lawyers behind the 10 tallest U.S. towers currently being built, focuses on 30 Hudson Yards in New York. New York City real estate partner David Portal is noted as representing Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corp.

Nixon Peabody Snags Ex-Manatt Real Estate Partner in LA

Law360 | September 29, 2016

This feature story highlights the arrival of Los Angeles real estate partner Bryan LeRoy.

Jewelers Exchange won't help advance plan for high-rise

The Boston Globe | May 05, 2016

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara provides commentary in this feature article on a proposed new high-rise building in Boston’s Downtown Crossing area.

Over A Dozen Firms Guided Largest Q1 Real Estate Deals

Law360 | May 04, 2016

The $390M purchase of a premier site within New York’s South Street Seaport Subdistrict by Oceanwide Center NY LLC, a subsidiary of Oceanwide Holdings Co., is among the 10 largest Q1 real estate deals. Nixon Peabody advised Oceanwide on the transaction. The coverage notes the deal team was led by partners Denise Pursley, Colette Dafoe and David Cheng.

Driverless Cars Pave the Way for Real Estate Development

Law360 | April 07, 2016

Los Angeles partners Justin Thompson, Rudy Salo and associate Daniel Eliav co-authored this piece discussing the potential impact driverless technology could have on real estate development as well as infrastructure financing.

Gold Coast Development Scaled Way Down After Major Legal Battle with City

DNAinfo: Chicago | March 28, 2016

Chicago partner Chuck Bernardini is quoted in this feature article discussing the issue of zoning and development in Chicago.

In-House Counsel Profile: FreshDirect LLC's Mike Brizel

National Law Journal | February 01, 2016

This profile features FreshDirect’s Mike Brizel and provides an overview of the company, the in-house counsel’s background and current legal team. The section dedicated to “Outside Counsel” prominently features Nixon Peabody as Brizel’s go-to for all Bronx-based real estate matters.

Revived Real Estate Market a Boon for Transactional Attorneys

Daily Journal | December 30, 2015

Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson provides commentary in this story on real estate market trends.

The Current Legal State of Hotel-Condo Development

Hotel Executive | December 01, 2015

Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson authored this column discussing notable legal developments paving the way for a resurgence in developer interest in condo-hotel projects.

Condo proposal stirs zoning flap in fast-growing West Loop

Crain's Chicago Business | December 01, 2015

Chicago Real Estate partner Ron Cope is quoted in this story discussing the dispute over a proposed nine-story condo building in Chicago’s West Loop.

Firms Feted for Pro Bono Work

New York Law Journal | November 06, 2015

The Lawyers Alliance for New York presented the 2015 Cornerstone Awards for outstanding pro bono legal services provided to nonprofit organizations. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen and Long Island real estate associate Ed Puerta were among the those honored.

Dealbook: Firms Wrestle with Making Room for Younger Lawyers

The New York Times | November 05, 2015

Nixon Peabody is positioned in this feature article as a firm focused on creating an entrepreneurial environment where attorneys can pursue their passion and thrive. CEO and Managing Partner Andrew Glincher is quoted discussing the need for attorneys to focus on the future. Associate Joe Carello, a member of our Labor & Employment practice and Food, Beverage & Agriculture industry team, is also quoted within the story discussing efforts to grow a practice providing legal services to craft breweries and how these efforts are supported by the firm.

Swedish Investor Acquires South Boston Properties for $169M

Banker & Tradesman | October 16, 2015

This coverage notes Akelius Residential AB’s purchase of two properties in South Boston. Real Estate partner Chris Froeb and Real Estate associate Christina Ricotta are noted as Akelius’ counsel.

Andrew Glincher of Nixon Peabody, on the Gears Inside Rebranding a Firm

Forbes | September 15, 2015

Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Glincher is featured in this leadership profile. Andrew discusses his leadership style and strategy in this in-depth piece.

Succession Planning

Bloomberg BNA | September 01, 2015

Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Glincher provides commentary in this piece on identifying and developing future leaders.

City rife with untracked development tax breaks

Boston Globe | August 02, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is mentioned in this article about his representation of Liberty Mutual in 2010 when the insurance giant opted to stay in downtown Boston.

Drought in Calif. is Changing the Real Estate Landscape

Law360 | July 23, 2015

San Francisco Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing how California’s historic drought conditions are impacting the real estate industry.

Mayor backs plan for Widett Circle, even if city loses Olympics bid

The Boston Globe | July 07, 2015

CEO and Managing Partner Andrew Glincher is included in this article discussing plans to redevelop a prime area of Boston real estate. Andrew, a Real Estate partner, comments on potential construction costs.

Boston, Casino Developer at Odds over Roads

The Boston Globe | July 02, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is quoted in this story on the politics surrounding possible road improvements leading to and from the proposed Everett, MA, casino complex.

Immigration Program Has Bright Outlook

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | July 01, 2015

Chicago Real Estate associates Greg Jeffers and Greg Linde coauthored this article discussing efforts to attract foreign capital investment into domestic projects through an employment-based preference visa issuance category. Click here to read the full article.

Back Bay Towers Offered for $1.5b

The Boston Globe | June 04, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is quoted in this article discussing two well-known office and retail buildings in Boston’s Back Bay that are on the market for $1.5 billion—among the highest asking prices for commercial space in Boston history.

How to Give Regular Feedback and Still Get Work Done

Fast Company | April 21, 2015

CEO and Managing Partner Andrew Glincher is quoted throughout this article sharing best practices in leadership.

End downtown Boston's Busmageddon

CommonWealth | March 31, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara authored this article discussing the need for the MBTA to add reworking bus routes in an effort to ease Boston’s commuter problems.

Kid-Free Boston

CommonWealth Magazine | March 19, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara co-authored this column discussing the decline in children among Boston’s population that is dramatically reshaping the city.

Marketplace

New York Law Journal | March 04, 2015

This coverage notes law firm Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman’s office move. New York City real estate counsel Tom Diorio represented the new building’s ownership in the deal.

China: The Wild, Wild East

Seniors Housing Business | March 01, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner and leader of the firm’s Seniors Housing team Allen Lynch authored this column discussing China as the new frontier for the U.S. seniors housing and care industry.

On Fairmount Line, Opportunity Knocks

CommonWealth | February 18, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara authored this column discussing the importance of transit-oriented development.

Nixon Peabody Nabs Manatt Real Estate Pro In LA

Law360 | February 12, 2015

This feature story highlights the arrival of Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson.

Looking for the Man or Woman on a Horse

CommonWealth | January 20, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara co-authored this column discussing whether the 2016 presidential race can produce a transformational leader.

Walsh's State of the City

WBUR (NPR Boston) | January 13, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is featured in this coverage discussing Boston Mayor Walsh’s first year in office, what’s been working and his goals for the next year.

The Outlook for 2015

Boston Business Journal | January 02, 2015

CEO and managing partner Andrew Glincher is quoted in this cover story dedicated to what Boston business leaders see for the coming calendar year.

The Year in Review: Law Practice

Daily Journal | December 17, 2014

This coverage in California highlights our Health Care and Real Estate practices. Los Angeles Health Care partner Jill Gordon and San Francisco Real Estate Paul Schrier are quoted in this feature story highlighting the hottest areas of law this year and looking ahead to 2015.

Tricky Business: Taking Down Old Coal Plants

POWER | December 01, 2014

Rochester Real Estate partner Bruce Baker is quoted in this article on the unprecedented retirements of U.S. coal-fired power plants. Bruce's NP alert/blog post is the source of the commentary.

What's the Matter with Blackstone? The Steady Move to the Right of Worcester County's Small Working-Class Towns

CommonWealth | November 17, 2014

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara authored this column examining a shift among the voting public in a few select Worcester County towns.

Thomas M. Menino: A View From City Hall

WGBH (PBS) | October 30, 2014

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara, a former Boston City Council president and one-time candidate for mayor, authored this piece reflecting on the legacy of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Christian Science Parcel Sells for $22M

Boston Business Journal | October 22, 2014

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara provides third-party commentary in the implementation of long-term use restrictions reflecting Christian Science teachings in the nearly $22M sale of land near Boston's Christian Science Plaza.

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