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Berliner Cohen’s real estate attorneys have been advising clients for over forty years. We began by representing some of Silicon Valley’s earliest developers with the development of concrete tilt-up buildings. Over the years, our real estate practice has grown, matured and evolved into one of the largest transactional real estate groups in Northern California. Our group has been involved in thousands of projects in the Bay Area, the Central Valley, and throughout California, such as Santana Row and the San Jose Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles and the Paseo Nuevo Center in Santa Barbara.

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Today, we represent a wide variety of sophisticated real estate clients, including some of Silicon Valley’s largest and most active developers, technology companies, multinational corporations, housing developers, construction lenders, individual owners and investors, and nonprofit corporations.

We provide advice to clients in real estate matters ranging from the most complex to the routine, including:

  • Complex, multistate, multi-property acquisitions
  • Disposition and loan transactions
  • Development, purchase and sale of corporate campuses and commercial, retail, residential and industrial properties
  • Subdivision development
  • Tax-deferred exchanges
  • Space leasing of research and development, office, retail and industrial properties
  • Ground leasing
  • Agricultural leases
  • Redevelopment projects
  • Construction
  • Permanent financing, loan workouts and settlements

In collaboration with our colleagues in Berliner Cohen’s corporate, tax and land use groups, we also counsel clients on entity structuring and formation, tax issues and land use matters.


Experience and Expertise

Berliner Cohen’s transactional real estate practice offers its clients a highly experienced group of lawyers. Our attorneys have an average of over twenty-three years experience in transactional real estate practice. Experience breeds expertise. We draw on our vast experience to provide innovative and practical solutions to our clients’ real estate issues.


The size of our real estate group also allows for tremendous flexibility in staffing of client matters. We can assemble a team of experienced attorneys to handle a complex single matter or a team of lawyers to handle multiple leasing, financing, acquisition or disposition matters. Our depth also allows us to staff projects with attorneys at the appropriate experience level to allow for cost efficiency.


We understand that responsiveness is one of the paramount concerns of our clients. Our clients can expect that they will receive personal attention and that their matters will be handled by experienced counsel who can efficiently analyze, resolve and address their real estate issues.


In our real estate financing practice, we represent commercial and residential developers as borrowers as well as real property secured lenders, including large institutional lenders and mortgage companies. For our lender clients, we assist in structuring loan transactions, reviewing title and land use approvals, and documenting loans and loan modifications.

We provide advice to our developer-borrower clients in connection with acquisition loans, construction financing, “mini-perm” and permanent financing and real property secured lines of credit from a variety of lending institutions, for all types of real estate investments, including residential, office, research and development, retail, mixed use and hotel projects, and for single asset as well as portfolio financings.


Berliner Cohen’s transactional real estate attorneys have broad experience and expertise in structuring, documenting and negotiating agreements for the acquisition or disposition of real property, including multi-property portfolios, office buildings, corporate campuses, retail shopping centers, raw land or infill properties for residential development, research and development, and industrial buildings and office condominiums.

We provide advice in this area to developers, high tech companies, multinational corporations, pension fund advisors, condominium developers and individual owners and investors.

We counsel clients on a broad range of issues related to the acquisition or disposition of real property, such as tax-deferred exchanges, environmental issues, due diligence issues, title matters, and land use and entitlement matters.  We provide meticulous attention to document drafting and detail so that issues are resolved in the early stages of a transaction and transactions proceed to a smooth closing.



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