Real Estate Law
Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. is home to one of the most active and experienced real estate law practices in Chicago representing developers, lenders, investors, governmental entities, insurance companies and pension funds as well as the real estate needs of Fortune 500 companies.
Unlike a boutique real estate firm, Burke Warren's depth of services provides clients with additional legal resources important to the business of real estate including tax, litigation, and ERISA.
Whether we are assisting property developers or managers with the broad range of real estate concerns that form the core of their businesses, real estate entrepreneurs with the issues that profoundly affect their ventures or lenders and investors, we never lose sight of the underlying business and legal issues that shape your real estate concerns.
Buying & Selling Real Estate
Our real estate attorneys provide skilled assistance in purchasing and selling real estate, no matter which side of the transaction you are on. We can help negotiate, document and complete your purchase or sale and examine the various ways in which the deal can be structured. We offer considerable experience with limited liability companies and other ownership options that can maximize your financial benefits and minimize your tax consequences. We structure 1031 tax-deferred exchanges that allow for the deferral of tax upon property disposition.
Leasing & Property Management
Our nationally recognized leasing and property management practice offers landlords, tenants and property managers substantial experience in connection with office, retail and industrial properties. These services include negotiation, drafting and interpretation of leases, management and leasing agreements. Our transactional practice group combines seamlessly with our real estate litigators in order to efficiently address landlord-tenant litigation.
Financing Your Deal
Our extensive work with lenders, ranging from local banks, to national mortgage lending concerns, to institutional investors, gives us the inside perspective and the contacts to help you finance your projects. We have worked with REITS, pension funds and securitized lenders in complex financings of senior housing portfolios and other types of real estate.
We can help you work with state and municipal governments to secure favorable financing, such as tax-increment financing, industrial revenue or development bonds or various low-interest loan programs. Based on this experience, we can help you obtain the financing you need.
Real Estate Litigation
Our goal in representing our clients is to protect their interests in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Our emphasis is always on negotiating mutually beneficial business solutions when disputes involving our clients arise. However, on those occasions where appropriate solutions cannot be reached out of court, we will vigorously and effectively prosecute or defend your case.
For contractors and property owners alike, the construction process presents numerous legal challenges. We have negotiated construction agreements, architect's agreements and have broad experience representing both contractors and building owners in construction disputes and litigation.
Land Use & Zoning
Members of the group have substantial experience helping clients achieve their goals in connection with local, county, state and federal land use and zoning regulations.
The information on this website is for general purposes only and should not be interpreted as indicating that a certain result will occur in your specific legal situation.
The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law, and any such certificate, award, or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois.