PRACTICE AREA CHAIR: Philip J. Truax
Our Real Estate and Construction team provides dependable counsel to real estate developers and the construction industry, whether in the negotiation of agreements, managing risk during the construction or development process, or enforcing claims and disputes related to commercial, public, or residential properties. Our lawyers represent developers and builders, buyers and sellers, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers, landlords and tenants, real estate investment trusts, and individual investors, as well as brokers, lenders, sureties, insurers, and business owners.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Board of Revision/Real Estate Tax Appeals
- Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions
- Condominium Developments and Disputes
- Construction Claims and Change Order Management
- Construction Contracts
- Construction Financing
- Construction Litigation
- Delay and Acceleration Claims
- Design and Construction Defects
- Due Diligence and Survey Analysis
- Easement Agreements
- Land Use and Zoning
- Landlord/Tenant Law
- Lease Agreements
- Mechanic’s Liens and Bond Claims
- Purchase Agreements
- Real Estate Disputes
- Risk Management
- Standard Form (e.g., AIA) Contract Preparation and Review
- Title Insurance
PRACTICE AREA CHAIR
Get to know us
- Amanda Barreto is one of only 22 OSBA-certified specialists in residential real property law.
- Our team has negotiated construction contracts for projects as typical as schools, retail and office buildings, and as unusual as the pavilion for the Euclid Beach Carousel in University Circle and a stamping plant built to manufacture parts for military vehicles.
- Our construction lawyers successfully defended against the secured claims of several sub-trades and vendors on a large public project totaling several millions of dollars after the owner refused payment, resulting ultimately in workable resolutions with both the owner and the lower tier contractors.
- Amanda Barreto has orchestrated the dissolution of a condominium association, which might be just as complex as creating one.
- Shareholder & Practice Area Chairperson Phil Truax worked in the field for several contractors during college and law school, providing a wealth of practical knowledge in construction.
- Our firm has effectively represented clients in various commercial real estate sales and acquisitions ranging from multi-tenant apartment buildings to mobile home parks to industrial properties.
- Brian W. Bonham, Esq. can be found in the Moeller High School Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 1989) for Soccer and still holds the single season record for most goals and total points and second all-time in goals.
OUR SATISFIED CLIENTS
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A major strength of the firm is their people. They are very charismatic and relatable – a great group to work with!
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Our team of attorneys and paralegals understands what it means to be a trusted advisor. Sure, we provide legal counsel but we do so much more. We provide a business partnership, support, advice and protection to our clients who become our family. Get to know us better and decide for yourself.