Real Estate & Land Use

Our attorneys have experience and expertise in all aspects of real estate and land use law, and are supported by a highly qualified staff. Whether you’re buying your first home or developing a major project, we can help you achieve your goals.

Our real estate and land use services include:

Transactions and Title Work

We represent individuals and businesses in the purchasing, financing, leasing, and selling of all kinds of real estate, from single-family residences to multi-state commercial transactions. We are agents for First American Title Insurance Company, and can assist you with title insurance.

Financing

Our attorneys provide advice to borrowers, as well as numerous banks and other financing institutions, on all issues related to real estate financing.

Development

We assist developers in the establishment and management of their operating entities and the acquisition, financing, permitting, management and sale of a wide variety of commercial and residential projects, including condominiums.

Foreclosures and Workouts

Our attorneys represent borrowers and lenders in the foreclosure, management, and resale of distressed properties.

Condemnation

Our firm represents landowners and municipalities in a variety of condemnation projects, including appeals of necessity and damage awards.

Leasing

We represent both tenants and landlords in negotiating and preparing a wide range of leases, including retail, office, commercial and residential properties.

Condominiums and Communities

Our attorneys can prepare documentation to create condominiums and common ownership communities, and amendments to condominium documents to conform to evolving regulations.  We also represent homeowner associations.

Permitting

We can assist in obtaining necessary state and local land use permits for any real estate project. We represent land owners, developers, municipalities, and neighbors in land use matters before local planning and zoning boards, Act 250 commissions, the Environmental Court and the Vermont Supreme Court.

Conservation

Our firm works with land owners, land trusts, and conservation organizations to transfer development rights and create conservation easements.

Property Law Litigation

We represent individuals and businesses, including title insurance companies, in all types of property law disputes, including title defects, boundary disputes, easement issues, adverse possession claims and public and private road issues.

Environmental Litigation

Our attorneys have significant experience in all aspects of pollution and environmental law, including environmental due diligence, permitting, compliance, clean-up, liability, and redevelopment issues under CERCLA and other state and federal environmental laws, insurance coverage for pollution claims, and common law nuisance claims. We represent clients before state and federal environmental agencies, as well as in state and federal courts.

National and International

Our membership in Meritas, a global network of independent, mid-sized law firms, allows us to provide our clients with experience guidance, quickly and efficiently, on doing business throughout the country and around the world.