Practice Areas & Industries: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP


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Effective leasing hinges on industry-specific knowledge—knowledge Sutherland has in areas ranging from retail, office and industrial to data centers.

Along with the legal concerns inherent in leasing transactions, business, economic and financial uncertainties are inevitable. That’s where Sutherland’s experience sets us apart. When addressing the many legal aspects of leases, our attorneys focus on the issues that are truly important to our clients without getting bogged down in trivialities. We have the industry-specific knowledge necessary to get the best deal, be it in the retail, mixed use, multifamily/affordable housing, office, warehouse or industrial space. We have a dedicated data center practice, devoted to the many specialized aspects of these tech-centric transactions.

Sutherland’s nationally recognized team is experienced in virtually every kind of lease activity on a local, regional and national basis, and we regularly represent both landlords and tenants. We pride ourselves on our deal-making attitude and our ability to work with all parties, including the other side's lawyer and broker, in a non-adversarial and cooperative manner. We also understand when time is of the essence in lease negotiations, and move quickly to ensure that deals aren’t thwarted due to lack of information or the inability to finish up paperwork.

Our attorneys represent a wide variety of landlords that lease space across the United States. We represent developers, owners and tenants of shopping centers and are deeply familiar with all aspects of retail leasing matters. Our attorneys possess substantial experience with the special issues involved with office, industrial and data center leases. Our clients include players involved in all aspects of the lease brokerage business, and our experience is exceptionally deep around large, complicated transactions.

Why Sutherland
The inside track.
We know the industry players and how they view the world. Our experience and special insights allow us to provide our clients with an advantage when negotiating leases.

A dedicated team. Sutherland has more than 20 lawyers and legal assistants in our office and industrial development and leasing practice area.

Fast, efficient deals. Our real estate attorneys act quickly and cost-effectively to draft, review, negotiate and document lease agreements and work letters, construction provisions of leases and related documents such as subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreements (SNDAs).

The right priorities. We are highly experienced in technical legal concepts such as indemnities, waivers of subrogation, subordination provisions, insurance provisions, provisions regarding the assumption of takeover of existing leases and fire, casualty and condemnation provisions, but we focus on the truly important financial provisions such as rent, work letters, use provisions, assignment and subletting.

Specialized transactions. We work with clients on unique deals, including mineral and timber leases and master leases employed in industrial revenue bond financing.

Industry-specific knowledge. Our deep, wide practice allows our attorneys to drill down into the challenges particular industries face, including retail, office and industrial and mixed use. We also have a dedicated data center practice that includes leasing as part of the practice.

Tech savvy. We understand the intense time pressures often involved in lease transactions and how deals can be derailed when leases fail to be promptly negotiated and documented. We enthusiastically embrace technology and use it aggressively to manage costs and to accelerate delivery and transmit documents and complete of transactions.

Local, regional and national presence. We represent clients in virtually every major market in the United States.

Thought leaders. Our real estate lawyers are active members of key legal and professional associations, including the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, NAIOP, ICSC, ULI, PREA and national, state and local bar association sections and committees.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Office
    • Represent landlords in leasing first-class office space in Atlanta and throughout the United States
  • Retail
    • Represent developers and owners of shopping centers and in all aspects of retail leasing matters
  • Warehouse and industrial
    • Represent owners of warehouses and other industrial properties understand the special issues that can arise with their leases
  • Other lease transactions
    • long-term ground leases
    • mineral, timber and other natural resource leases
    • master leases of income producing property
    • leases used in industrial development financing transactions
  • Brokerage
    • Lease brokerage business
    • Negotiating commission agreements, particularly in large, complicated transactions
    • Represent real estate brokers in brokerage matters

Take Action
Clients seeking attorneys who understand both legal and financial aspects of lease transactions turn to the team at Sutherland. We provide shrewd advice in a fast, cost-efficient way to help clients negotiate the best deals.

Selected Experience
Sutherland represents the Sembler Company in major retail developments throughout the Southeast and Puerto Rico.
Sutherland represented the Sembler Company, a regional developer of retail and mixed use facilities in the development, purchase and sale of projects in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Puerto Rico consisting of more than 5 million square feet of retail space.

Sutherland represents developer of enterprise and wholesale data centers.
Sutherland represented T5 Data Centers in the development, leasing and sale of enterprise and wholesale data centers in six states.

Sutherland represents Holder Properties in South Carolina office space development and leasing.
Our attorneys represented Holder Properties in its development and leasing of an office building in Charleston, South Carolina and two of the premier class A office buildings in Columbia, South Carolina.