DLA Piper LLP (US)

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Preeminent team offering top-tier advice across a range of areas, including permitting and entitlement matters and property transactions. Also offers expertise in real estate financing. Particularly highlighted for its strength in complex, large-scale projects. The team maintains a diversified portfolio of deals, which also includes a range of sophisticated transactions and multiphased projects. Client base includes developers, public agencies and investors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the "great level of support from the broader team" the firm provides.

"Their thoroughness and work product is excellent," says another client.

Sources add: "They can adapt from one market to another much better than a lot of counsel."

Work highlights Represented Millennium Partners in the $1.1 billion redevelopment of the Winthrop Square garage in downtown Boston as an mixed-use tower including residential, office and retail uses.

Notable practitioners

John Sullivan impresses with the breadth of his capabilities in real estate law and is a go-to advisor for transactional mattes. Clients consider him "an excellent communicator" who is "very astute to the commercial needs of a transaction."

John Rattigan wins high praise for his expert counsel on complex real estate acquisitions and projects. "He has an unbelievable wealth of knowledge," says one client, who also adds: "He has a very nice manner about him in terms of presenting the issues and then coming up with the best and cleanest path for getting through the issues."

Richard Rudman continues to be a leading practitioner on real estate transactions. "He manages the negotiation in a superb way," reports one impressed client.