Alston & Bird LLP

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for

Counsels a client base that includes private and public companies, investors and developers on the full complement of real estate transactional matters. Regularly handles land use, environment, construction and tax issues relating to real estate ranging from industrial warehouses to residential properties. Also recognized for its strength in the real estate capital markets space, handling the full range of debt and equity transactions. Clients include sports clubs, restaurant groups and hotels.


Clients say: "They are strong and very value-oriented."

Sources appreciate the team's "ability to offer creative solutions to complex problems."

Commentators describe the team as "a sophisticated real estate practice" that does "very good work, they provide good input and advice."

Work highlights

Represented a life insurance company in the redevelopment of a two-block area in midtown Atlanta. The proposed project includes office space, retail areas, a hotel and residential units.

Notable practitioners

Allison Ryan works on real estate transactions, advising clients such as developers, investors and institutions. Sources describe her as being "extremely organized" and highlight her as "a fine lawyer."

James Farris is recognized for his capabilities in matters such as real estate finance and leasing. Clients report he is "very accessible, pragmatic and solution-oriented."

Mark Rusche frequently handles the negotiation and drafting of commercial real estate leases for landlords and tenants. Sources say: "His clients are in good hands," and describe him as an "outstanding" lawyer.