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Otten Johnson represents shopping center landlords and tenants, developers, managers, investors and lenders as well as local, regional and national retailers. Our retail team has assisted in all phases of development, redevelopment and leasing for many large retail centers, malls of all sizes, outlet malls, power centers, large format single or multiple user sites and mixed use projects. Our real estate attorneys also handle acquisitions/dispositions and financing issues and represent both tenants and landlords in connection with leasing matters. Our litigators also have substantial experience representing retail industry clients on a wide variety of disputes. Along with development, real estate and other general business disputes, our litigators handle all aspects of disputes between landlords and tenants, including breach of lease/collection actions, commercial evictions, UCC foreclosures, and bankruptcy issues. Rounding out our services for retail industry clients, our corporate transactional attorneys can assist retail clients with entity formation, tax and related matters.

The retail team has provided legal counsel and business advice to retail clients throughout North America.

Representative Services

  • Leasing (landlord and tenant representation)
  • Entity formation and joint ventures
  • Site selection and evaluation
  • Real estate acquisition due diligence
  • Land use planning, environmental compliance, annexation and zoning and regulatory compliance
  • Infrastructure financing and public financing (including urban renewal, sales and other tax sharing arrangements)
  • Acquisition, construction and investment financing
  • Tax planning and structuring; tax credits
  • Title work
  • Land assemblage
  • Ground leases
  • Retail and commercial leases (landlords and tenants)
  • Design and construction documents
  • Reciprocal easement agreements
  • Development agreements
  • Management contracts
  • Municipal and government relations
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Exterior signage regulations
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Mixed use and Transportation Oriented Developments (TODs)
  • Transportation
  • Renewable energy (rooftop solar, wind generation, geothermal)

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