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Our commercial real estate attorneys bring experience and a variety of perspectives to every project, including outside counsel experience with local, regional and national law firms, and in-house experience with regional and national shopping center developers and master planned community developers. Lee Kaess PLLC's client-driven, focused and practical service approach has become the hallmark of our firm.

Some of our commercial real estate practice areas of emphasis include:

  • Commercial real estate acquisition, disposition and development

  • Commercial real estate debt and equity financing

  • Joint ventures

  • Shopping center and other retail leasing

  • Student housing projects, including public-private partnerships

  • Master developer representation, including tiered covenants structures and contract negotiations with homebuilders and contractors

  • Evaluation and acquisition of in-progress master developed communities

  • Lender representation

  • Office and industrial development and leasing

  • Secured commercial debt acquisition, complex foreclosure and restructuring

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Our zoning and land use practice provides guidance throughout the land development and zoning process, working with clients, architects, planners, traffic engineers and community partners to negotiate the process of evaluating, rezoning and developing retail, commercial, multifamily, mixed use projects and master planned communities.

Our dedicated involvement in the public life of our local communities, and our long-term, relationship-driven approach to client service, allow our zoning and land use attorneys to apply a depth of knowledge and unique sense of place to each project and the community that surrounds it.

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We provide comprehensive advice and counsel to clients with complex estate planning and trust and estate administration issues. Lee Kaess attorneys apply innovation and insight to identifying and helping clients achieve their estate planning goals.  We also assist clients through the estate administration process.


Our Trusts & Estates practice areas of emphasis include:

  • Taxation & Wealth Preservation

  • Trust & Estate Law

  • Estate & Trust Administration

  • Comprehensive Estate Planning

  • Estate Tax

  • Gift Tax

  • Charitable Gift Planning

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Our commercial litigation team has extensive experience in a diverse array of civil litigation contexts, such as:

  • Will contests, claims against estates, breach of fiduciary duty cases, and trust modifications.

  • Real estate matters, including title insurance claims, boundary disputes and partition actions, reformations of title instruments, disputes as to priority of security instruments, contested foreclosures, evictions and ejectments, landlord-tenant actions, disputes over restrictive covenants and easements, and other land use and zoning matters.

  • Disputes over commercial contracts and negotiable instruments, the collection of debts, the recovery of collateral under security agreements, and insurance policies.

  • Representing employers and employees in employment law matters, including cases over non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, trade secrets, and wrongful discharge claims.

  • Personal injury litigation, including matters involving automobile accidents, slip and falls, product liability injuries, and medical malpractice claims.

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