In today’s world, real estate and environmental matters go hand in hand. Brownfield sites are remediated and turned into major redevelopment projects. A real estate transaction without environmental due diligence is almost unthinkable. The list goes on.
It is natural, then, for real estate and environmental attorneys to work very closely together. At Gibbons, the close collaboration is embodied in a joint practice, the Real Property & Environmental (RPE) Department. Today, the Gibbons RPE Department is one of the largest such departments of any New Jersey-based firm, combining highly experienced attorneys in every facet of real estate development, transactions, and environmental law. The result: the Gibbons RPE Department is ranked in the first tier nationally by U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers 2014, the only New Jersey-based firm in that category.
Gibbons RPE Department lawyers think strategically and proactively. We see the terrain, know the issues, and solve problems. We are committed to complete client satisfaction, building long-term relationships with our clients, and helping clients achieve their business objectives.
Real Estate Land Use and Development
The Gibbons Environmental Team is recognized among the region’s top-tier environmental practices. Our Team fields top talented attorneys with decades of environmental experience in both the public and private sectors and includes attorneys who are former environmental scientists and engineers who possess strong working ties with the regulatory agencies. We handle all areas of environmental law. Most recently, the Team has been called on to play leading roles in various multi-party remediation matters that have arisen in large and complex sediment remediation sites in New Jersey and New York. Our sophisticated client base has repeatedly turned to our attorneys in multifaceted environmental litigation; for example, the firm has served as common counsel or lead counsel in developing strategy for groups of potentially responsible parties (PRPs). That level of experience also serves our clients well in individual representations.
Transactional Real Estate
On the development side, few other law firms in the Northeast have the level of local and regional land use experience that Gibbons can boast, with the firm leading development projects in almost 450 municipalities, including more than 50 pending, in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Unlike most larger firms, Gibbons is recognized for its significant experience in zoning, planning, and permitting matters, with particular emphasis on commercial, office, retail, and industrial uses. We consistently work with some of the most highly respected and best-known architects, professional planners, landscape architects, traffic engineers, engineering firms, and environmental consultants in the region.
Buying, selling, leasing, and financing properties are the core activities of the transactional real estate group within the Real Property & Environmental Department. The Transactional Team represents sellers, buyers and developers of office buildings, industrial facilities, resort properties, hotels, shopping centers, and land and handles condominium developments and conversions. We also conduct due diligence investigations in connection with property acquisitions. The Team handles leases ranging from ground leases for development projects to office, industrial, and retail leases, on behalf of landlords and tenants. Attorneys on the Team are also experienced in every kind of real estate financing transaction, from simple, “plain vanilla” mortgage loans to the most complex, multi-property, multi-jurisdiction financings and tax-driven transactions, including sales/leasebacks and unconventional financings. Our Transactional attorneys are equally adept in handling real estate workouts and distressed assets, both debt and equity, representing lenders, borrowers, and purchasers.