Real Estate

Morton McGoldrick’s real estate team brings focused diligence to help you understand, maximize value, and avoid surprises when buying, selling, financing, developing, and leasing real estate. We listen carefully, then guide you to your objectives with our experience to structure, negotiate, document, and manage your specific real estate asset transaction.

We have broad experience with all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions. We know the perspective of lenders and investors in project financing, as well as the urgent project cycle demands of developers, long-term owners, and major tenants in residential, commercial, retail, and industrial real estate projects. Our real estate team also utilizes the experience of our other practice groups to coordinate specialized tax, land use, estate planning, entity formation, litigation, and environmental issues that sometime occur so that your real estate project can move forward timely and with reduced risks. Our attorneys provide legal assistance to developers, owners, lenders (both financial institutions and private), landlords, tenants, and contractors in every facet of real property transactions.

  • Residential & Commercial Development
  • Residential & Commercial Leasing
  • Residential & Commercial Transactions

  • Lending
  • Environmental
  • Land Use


The attorneys at Morton McGoldrick represent lenders and borrowers in all types of real estate-related financing. Our attorneys structure, negotiate and document a variety of commercial and real estate financing transactions including acquisition loans, project development financing, private loans, loan refinancing, and work outs. The firm’s financing experience ranges from complex, multimillion-dollar projects to smaller business and personal loans in both the real estate and commercial finance areas. We have significant experience in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans for multifamily and commercial projects. Below are some examples of the lending services we provide:

  • Institutional Lenders
  • Private Lenders
  • Leasehold Financing

  • Fannie Mae/ Freddie Mac
  • HUD Multifamily Loans

Residential and Commercial Leasing

For over 70 years, Morton McGoldrick’s attorneys have helped commercial and residential buyers and sellers, and landlords and tenants, manage their lease agreements. Our experienced real estate attorneys advise clients on both sides of commercial and residential rental and leasing agreements. We are committed to providing proactive solutions not only to solve real estate problems, but to avoid them altogether. We will guide you through every step of the leasing process. Below are some examples of the residential and commercial leasing services we provide:

  • Landlord and Tenant Matters
  • Lease Preparation

  • Lease Management Agreements
  • Ground Leases

Residential and Commercial Transactions

Property development, purchase, and sales often require a significant investment of your money and time. Therefore, at Morton McGoldrick our attorneys are prepared to take on a full range of real-estate transactions. We regularly assist clients in the negotiation and closing of real estate acquisitions and sales, including the preparation of purchase agreements, conveyance documents, financing documents, tax-deferred and multiple-party exchange agreements, escrow instructions and other related documents. The majority of our new clients come from referrals from developers, realtors, and property owners in the real estate community, which is reflective of the high quality of work that we produce in this area of law. The following are some examples of the residential and commercial transaction services Morton McGoldrick provides:

  • Purchase
  • Sales
  • Financing
  • Lender representation
  • Foreclosure
  • Boundary Disputes

  • Title Claims
  • Title Insurance and Escrow
  • Title Review
  • Workouts and Remedies
  • 1031 Exchanges

Residential and Commercial Development

Our firm assists clients in all types of real estate development, including commercial and industrial property, vacant land, agricultural, timber, development or leasing, subdivision, planned community and condominium projects, while providing strategic planning advice throughout the development process. We assist in the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships to help reduce the risks to owners. Below are some examples of the residential and commercial development services we provide:

  • Developer Representation
  • Family Estate Properties
  • Construction Associated with Development
  • Liens
  • Multifamily Development

  • Mixed Use Development
  • Condominium Owners Associations
  • Contract Preparation or Review
  • Easements and Covenants
  • Timber Sales

Environmental Law

Our attorneys bring with them decades of experience representing clients in connection with a wide variety of environmental matters to include compliance, enforcement defense, property damage and clean-up work with governmental agencies as well as handling complicated litigation at all levels of state and federal courts. The following are examples of some of the environmental law services we provide:

  • Due Diligence Review
  • Responding to Governmental Agencies

  • CERCLA and MTCA Cost Recovery Actions
  • Remediation of Contaminated Properties

Land Use

When it comes to urban land use and zoning, policies become increasingly complex. Robust growth has spurred the proliferation of county and municipal land use regulations. Traditional zoning has evolved into conditional uses, planned unit developments, neighborhood conservation districts, historic districts, downtown redevelopment districts, and more, while subdivision regulations are books unto themselves.

Morton McGoldrick’s real estate team helps clients find their way through the maze of rules. We will not only assist you with proposals and applications, we will guide you through negotiations and hearings with local government officials and administrative boards who oversee land use, subdivision, and zoning matters. We understand the nature of the government process, and we know how to use our relationships to make that process work successfully and efficiently for our clients. The following are examples of some of the land use services we provide:

  • Zoning & Permitting
  • Applications & Proposals

  • Shoreline Management Act