Locke Lord LLP

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for A highly respected real estate team, noted for its consistent performance in matters such as financing, acquisition and development. Particular experience in connection with affordable housing projects, while also offering strength in matters pertaining to office, energy and hospitality sectors. Able to handle matters throughout the state and nationally, aided by an extensive network of offices.

Strengths"The firm's real estate lawyers are very experienced and knowledgeable and are a pleasure to deal with," reports an interviewee.

According to sources the team is "really seen as a go-to in the affordable housing space."

Work highlights Represented Related Affordable in financing and regulatory matters in connection with the acquisition of 14 affordable housing properties.

Notable practitioners

Brad Hawley
is considered a “very skilled lawyer” by an impressed interviewee, while another praises his problem solving abilities. He primarily focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions and corporate clients in complex real estate financing transactions.

Brett Hamilton
heads the firm's real estate lending group and is regularly called upon by lender and borrower clients to handle a wide range of real estate financing matters.

Cynthia Bast
is sought out by clients for her expertise in the affordable housing space. One impressed interviewee says: “She takes very complicated matters and explains them in a logical way,” adding: “She is very helpful on both the legal and business side."

Stephen Jacobs
' real estate practice encompasses joint ventures, asset diversification and investment as part of a wider transactional practice. Sources describe him as “a smart lawyer who gets deals done.”

Tai Tran
primarily focuses his practice on the handling of complex real estate transactions for an array of institutional lenders. His expertise includes acquisitions and dispositions, loan agreements and development matters.