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Real estate plays a major role in the life of your business. Whether or not real estate is your core business, it’s the location where your team makes it all happen, and is a vital component of your operation. It takes time, energy, and resources to manage.
Mintz Levin has represented clients in sophisticated, large-scale real estate, acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and leasing transactions for over 25 years. We combine professional skill with practical judgment and political acumen to advance clients' real estate interests. We take a multidisciplinary approach to solving your business issues, calling upon attorneys and resources from other practice areas within the firm as necessary. Those practice areas may include tax, environmental, communications, health law, life sciences (biotechnology), energy and clean technology, and corporate.
Focused Service, Broad Expertise
Principal areas in which Mintz Levin provides real estate representation include, but are not limited to:
With nearly 45 attorneys and senior professionals, our extensive real estate experience includes analyzing and structuring complex deals, coordinating projects of significant scope and complexity, providing strong negotiation throughout the acquisition, disposition, and development process, plus a range of other real estate matters and transactions throughout the US and internationally.
We represent owners, developers, lenders, tenants and landlords, as well as investors in and users of:
Mintz Levin’s real estate clients include “core-plus” and “value-add” real estate funds, public agencies, developers, syndicators, and financial institutions involved in the development, financing, and ownership of all real estate asset classes of multifamily housing. We represent developers of major urban mixed-use projects, large regional shopping malls and retail “power” centers, and public and private corporations with facilities around the world. In addition, we represent telecommunications service providers and building owners in leasing, licensing, and related transactions.
Representative Real Estate Experience
Case Example A:
The example of Mintz Levin’s work with CVS aptly illustrates the breadth of skills we bring to our clients. Over the past several years, Mintz Levin has served as national counsel on all of CVS’ complex sale leaseback transactions, involving over 2,000 retail properties located in 30 states around the country with an aggregate value in excess of $7 billion. Our sale leaseback team is comprised of ten real estate and environmental partners, associates, and paraprofessionals. We have also served as national coordinating counsel for CVS on hundreds of real estate acquisitions across the country. We call upon the combined resources of our 50-person real estate and environmental department, as well as the firm’s tax lawyers, commercial lawyers, and securities lawyers when the need arises.
Case Example B:
Our Mintz Levin/ML Strategies team worked successfully with Canada-based Manulife Financial to develop, obtain permits for, and construct its US operations headquarters, a 470,000 sq. ft. complex on a ground lease with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) in the Seaport District of Boston. The project required city, state, and federal approvals, and due to its proximity to Logan International Airport, issues related to funding for the adjacent roadway system, and to environmental and general development and permitting issues, the project required the approval of the FAA, the State and Federal Highway Administration, CA/T, the MBTA, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, the Massachusetts Housing Department, DEP, and other state and city regulatory agencies. In addition, our attorneys negotiated complex agreements with the MBTA to address the Silver Line, which runs through the building.
Case Example C:
Mintz Levin/ML Strategies represented our client in connection with the acquisition of a partially-permitted mixed-use 150 room hotel, 100 unit residential condominium, and retail and parking garage project on Battery Wharf in Boston’s North End. The team successfully strategized to maintain the validity of various permits set to expire, and to amend the Chapter 91 License to restructure the development program into a financially feasible project. In addition, we negotiated the hotel management contract, the construction contract, and advised on community benefits. Our attorneys and consultants also handled a complex three-tier financing and developed a unique condominium structure to permit “sale” of parking spaces in a precedent-setting deal in Massachusetts. The project is currently under construction.
Public Sector Experience in Institutional Master Planning
ML attorneys and ML Strategies consultants have senior-level public management experience in large, complex master planning projects. A representative list of institutions/projects includes:
Major Ground-Up Commercial Developments
ML Strategies, LLC
Mintz Levin’s consulting affiliate, ML Strategies, LLC, works closely with our real estate professionals to provide strategic planning and professional services in government, community and media relations, crisis communications, and on environmental and healthcare issues. Collaborative teams of attorneys and the professionals of ML Strategies afford clients a breadth of integrated experience not traditionally available from a single law firm. In short, ML Strategies is unique and offers our clients a competitive edge. From offices in Boston and Washington, D.C., MLS is a specialized consulting firm—staffed by senior-level team members—that helps clients deal with complexity, provides informed stewardship, anticipates potential areas of vulnerability, manages fallout, and builds constituency.
Subprime Practice Group Formed
Responding to an increasing demand from clients seeking guidance on the legal complexities associated with the collapse of the subprime lending market, Mintz Levin has formed a dedicated Subprime Practice Group. The group taps into the expertise of more than two dozen attorneys across multiple offices and practice areas including litigation, securities, bankruptcy and restructuring, structured finance, governmental investigations, insurance coverage, white collar crime, and real estate.
Fallout from the collapse of the subprime market is becoming increasingly widespread and the reverberations will continue to be felt for some time. From investigations by government authorities to claims against directors and officers to bankruptcy, the firm has already seen a growing demand from businesses and individuals seeking advice related to a range of complex issues stemming from the situation. By forming a dedicated subprime practice group, Mintz Levin brings to bear the deep expertise of attorneys from across the firm to serve clients with a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach.
Representative Pro Bono Work
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I have know Bret for several years. I hired him and worked with him for a couple of years. I hired him as outside special counsel when I served as Gen... Read more
I have know Bret for several years. I hired him and worked with him for a couple of years. I hired him as outside special counsel when I served as General Counsel for Employment Affairs for a Health Care System. I am slo proud to say Bret is a close friend.
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At 6'7", Dan's physical presence is more than matched by his courtroom bearing and litigation savvy. In a complicated commercial matter, he was... Read more
At 6'7", Dan's physical presence is more than matched by his courtroom bearing and litigation savvy. In a complicated commercial matter, he was quickly able to identify the issues, assign the appropriate personnel, and bring a satisfactory resolution for my company. I highly recommend retaining him for tough and cost-effective litigation advocacy.
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Mr. Demuth was very helpful and also expressed genuine interest in my concerns which he continues to follow. Read more
Mr. Demuth was very helpful and also expressed genuine interest in my concerns which he continues to follow.
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My attorney Peter Chavkin from Mintz, Levin saved my life, career and integrity.
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Michael was supremely prepared for our litigation and took a personal interest in our products and the impact that foreign infringers were having on our US business. He was in all manners an exemplary litigator.
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Our attorneys and staff may come from many ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds, but when it comes to pursuing success for our clients and ourselves, we are cut from the same cloth. We know overcoming challenges, both legal and professional, takes dedication and support from our colleagues.
Founded in 1933, when it was almost impossible for a diverse attorney to thrive at one of Boston’s larger law offices, Mintz Levin was established by two young Jewish attorneys who knew how it felt to be excluded. The firm’s commitment to diversity is a natural outgrowth of their struggle to carve out a more inclusive professional path -- a history that helps explain our dedication to celebrating the differences that create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in which to practice law.
My father and his partners were committed to building a firm that was inclusive and progressive in terms of its approach to diversity. He often reminded me that as an immigrant child from the age of six, he had benefited from opportunities, and that it was his joyful duty ‘to give back.’
— Richard Mintz (1921 – 2011)
We strive to support diverse attorneys and have formal and informal mentoring programs to help diverse attorneys succeed. Mintz Levin’s Professional Development programs support the professional growth of our attorneys, with specific programs for women and minority attorneys.
Mintz Levin is a demonstrated leader in promoting the rights of women, people of color, and the LGBT community. Our core values spell out our goal of creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in which to practice law or work in the legal profession.
Rankings & Recognitions
There was a partner here with a large number of higher education clients. It was great to be able to raise my hand and say, ‘I’m interested in learning that,’ and then have the firm say, ‘We won’t look outside for this capability; we’ll see how you develop.
— Tyrone Thomas, Associate
We participate in and support numerous diversity-related efforts throughout the country aimed at recruiting and supporting the professional development of diverse attorneys and promoting diversity.
In addition to hosting an annual interview workshop in Boston for law students of color, the firm participates in job fairs for students of color in Boston and DC, and the National LGBT Law Association’s Lavender Law Job Fair. We also participate in the Boston Lawyers Group 1L Summer Diversity Clerkship Program.
Partners in Diversity Nationwide
· American Intellectual Property Association Education Foundation
· Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Law (ALPFA)
· Athena San Diego
· Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth (BAGLY)
· The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG)
· Boston University Law School Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)
· The Commonwealth Compact
· DC Minority Attorney Networking Series
· Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association
· Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
· Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP)
· Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
· Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF)
· Korean American Bar Association of San Diego
· Lambda Legal
· Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
· Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
· National Black Law Students Association
· The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association
· New York Asian Women’s Center
· New York Minority Attorney Networking Series
· La Raza Lawyers of San Diego
· South Asian Bar Association (SABA)
· Women Lawyers Alliance
Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship
The Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship is designed to help make our workplace and profession more diverse. Named in memory of Richard Mintz, a partner in the firm for 57 years and the son of one of the firm’s original members, the scholarship provides the recipient with a paid summer position in the firm’s Boston office, $10,000 toward the second year of law school, and a continuing working relationship with our firm throughout that year.¿¿
"My father and his partners took their responsibility very seriously -- to build a firm that was inclusive and progressive in terms of its approach to diversity," said Richard Mintz.
The Diversity Committee’s mission is to understand and value diversity in our firm and clients and to integrate diversity into our vision, culture, business, mission, policies, and practices.
We weave our mission into the firm’s strategic planning and direction. We are responsible for leading the firm’s ongoing diversity efforts. In addition to focusing on expanding opportunities at the firm for attorneys and staff who are of color, women, or part of the LGBT community, we are committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and throughout our communities.