Verrill Dana, LLP

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Well-established practice with a deep bench of experienced real estate practitioners. Renowned for its work on complex real estate transactions and also a good choice of firm for issues concerning land use, zoning and title insurance. Esteemed for its capabilities in the energy sector, advising on hydroelectric, natural gas, wind power and electric transmission line projects. Assists clients in the telecommunications and healthcare industries, regularly providing support on real estate issues arising during complex M&A. Also demonstrates expertise in condominium development matters.

Strengths One client says: "It is a very well-rounded real estate practice. They have a wealth of knowledge, work well with opposing counsel and do not bring egos into the transaction."

Another client comments on the team's "very seasoned and strong attorneys who can handle complex transactions but also keep costs down."

Work highlights Acted for J.B. Brown & Sons on the development of a five-story, mixed-use development consisting of 63 residential condominiums and approximately 17,000 square feet of retail space.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Calcagni continues to be the chair of Verrill's real estate department. He frequently works with clients from the energy sector, including wind and solar power developers. One client describes him as "easy to work with and impressive." Another source reports: "He makes arguments that are persuasive and takes positions that are reasonable and credible. He moves the transaction forward for the mutual benefit of all involved."

David Galgay regularly represents borrowers and lenders in connection with the acquisition and development of real estate. One client comments that he is "efficient, knowledgeable and conscientious."

James Palmer is well regarded for handling an array of commercial real estate work, including lease negotiations and financings. "He has extensive knowledge and deal-making experience," says one impressed source.