Real Estate Development / Construction

2011 Gold Supporter of USGBC-Minnesota

From early project conceptualization through final sale or leasing, real estate development is a complex process involving many issues and stakeholders. It’s also a fast-paced one, with important decisions that have to be made quickly in order to keep the project on track. Add considerations like LEED/Sustainability certification to the mix, and smart management of the development process becomes absolutely critical.

Having worked with clients on a wide variety of development projects over the years, our team gets the big picture, as well as the importance of attention to detail. We know the law, but just as important, we understand the relationships among the parties, and how to align everyone’s efforts to accomplish your goals

Development Process

Preliminary Issues


Site Control
Ownership Entity
Tax Issues
Due Diligence
LEED/Sustainability Consideration






Land Use
Building Requirements



Title Clean-Up
Title Transfer
Complete Financing



Contract Negotiation
Contract Management
Construction Disputes
LEED/Sustainability Legal Issues

Post Completion

Sale or Lease Management
Ongoing Legal Maintenance

We help our clients in the construction and real estate development industry deal with a wide array of legal issues, including:

  • Claims for changed conditions and extras
  • Defective design and construction
  • Dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and trials
  • Environmental
  • Independent contractor and employer/employee related claims
  • Insurance
  • Land use
  • Mechanic's lien and bond claims
  • Negotiation and preparation of design and construction contracts
  • OSHA

Our Clients in the Construction Industry

Our Construction team represents virtually all parties involved in the industry, including businesses large and small:

  • Architects and engineers
  • General contractors
  • Lenders
  • Owners and developers of real estate
  • Subcontractors
  • Tenants

The members of our team work closely with you to understand your situation and identify the most effective solutions for you. Many of our lawyers have personal experience as developers of residential and commercial project developments, so we have first-hand knowledge of the challenges you face. Drawing on the legal expertise of other departments in our firm, we assist you with:

  • Estate and succession planning
  • General business counsel
  • Tax planning and advice, including like-kind exchanges

Solving Problems

While no one welcomes disputes, when they do arise, we’re here to represent you efficiently and cost-effectively. Besides expertise in litigation, Gray Plant Mooty lawyers are experienced in alternative approaches such as mediation and arbitration. Contributing to the depth of experience we offer, several members of our team are commercial and construction mediators, and arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association.

Representative Clients

  • The Luther Company
  • Ziegler Inc.
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