Real Estate

Working together to help you solve legal problems and capture opportunities.

Collaborative by nature, the attorneys in Capes Sokol’s Real Estate practice work with lenders, owners, developers, contractors, buyers, sellers and tenants. We assist clients with real estate sales and acquisition, ownership, development, and financing.

Whether you are an individual, or working on behalf of a lending institution, for-profit or nonprofit organization, our team of seasoned professionals is passionate about helping you make smart, informed decisions that will help you achieve your goals. Our clients have come to trust our swift, objective analysis and clear, compelling advice – advice that leads to award-winning developments known to spark economic growth.

Practice in Action

  • Affinia Healthcare, f/k/a Grace Hill Health Center’s Dental Clinic at A.T. Still University
  • Forsyth School Campus Expansion
  • Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls Building Acquisition and Development
  • Moonrise Hotel in The Loop
  • Shopping center sales and acquisitions for The Staenberg Group
  • Wallis Oil Company, sales, acquisition, development and leasing of C-stores and filling stations
  • Wentzville Crossing’s financing by Eagle Bank

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Services

  • Acquisitions and dispositions | Contracts and due diligence | Title | Survey | Environmental review | Financing | Closing of real estate transactions

  • Build-to-suit leases | Custom builds

  • Commercial and industrial real estate leases | Clear documentation of landlord and tenant duties, rights and responsibilities

  • Condominium and homeowner’s associations | Enforcement and interpretation of indentures, declarations and bylaws | Amendments to governing documents | Nonprofit corporate governance

  • Loans for acquisition and construction | Effective and efficient counsel | Protection of client interests

  • Construction and design contracts

  • Construction dispute resolution | Cost over-run | Performance and design deficiencies | Warranty claims | Nonpayment

  • Landlord/tenant dispute resolution

  • Insurance | Coverage | Exclusions | Assessing real-world risk | Claims

  • Land use and zoning | Project feasibility | Plan implementation

  • Mechanic’s liens | Construction payment disputes

  • Real estate development | Site acquisition | Entity formation | Finance | Tax credits | Design and construction agreements | Resolving disputes | Easing | Sale on completion

  • Review of settlement statements and preparation of closing instructions

  • Easements and licenses

  • Conditional use permits and building permits

  • Advice regarding public subsidies including tax increment financing and new market tax credits

  • Identification and pursuit of available subsidies

  • Integration of subsidies into sources 

  • Uses of funds

  • Disbursing agreements | Integration of construction contract | Loan agreement | Disbursing agreement | Title endorsements

  • Property tax appeals | Appraiser recommendation | Assembling of comparables | Tax-free exchange | Tax planning

Team

Practice Group Chair

John S. Meyer, Jr.
Shareholder

Attorneys

Laura E. Krebs Al-Shathir
Shareholder
Jeffrey A. Cohen
Managing Shareholder
Douglas S. Dove
Shareholder
Danielle Durban; Intellectual Property; Business; Copyright; Trademark; Play Gloria; Blues; St. Louis; St. Louis Blues; St. Louis; Law; Arch Apparel; Gloria; T-shirt Design; Logo
Danielle M. Durban
Associate
L. Ross Gaddis
Associate
Mark E. Goodman
Senior Counsel
Kara L. Lambert
Associate
Sarah J. Luem
Shareholder
Traci Dale Pupillo
Shareholder
Brian J. Sabin
Shareholder
Michelle F. Schwerin
Shareholder
Andrew B. Shanfeld
Shareholder
Drew H. Westbrook
Shareholder

Other Professionals

Robin L. Steiner
Manager, Business & Finance and Real Estate Services

Presentations

Business & Real Estate Symposium

presented by the Business & Finance, Entertainment & Media, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate practices of Capes Sokol

2021 Symposium:

Navigating the Looming Legal Issues of the New Normal

The 2021 Business and Real Estate Symposium featured legal insights from Capes Sokol attorneys on the impact that COVID-19 is having on businesses. Topics include cybersecurity, intellectual property, pandemic legislation, and what to expect moving forward.

Topics Included:

Virtual Work Vulnerabilities – Virtual Work is Here to Stay. Are your business’ privacy and security inoculated against cyber-risks?

Intellectual Property Icebergs – You Boosted Social Media and Online Marketing During the Lockdown. Are your trade secrets protected and do you respect the intellectual property of others?

Legislative Landmines –Federal Infrastructure and Covid-19 Relief Programs, Related Legislation and Tax Changes are Coming. How will they affect your company’s bottom line?

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Old Law, New Tricks: How Blockchain Could Innovate the Real Estate Industry
A Changing Legal Landscape for Short-Term Property Rentals in Missouri
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