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Buying, selling, leasing or developing a piece of commercial real estate involves many complex legal issues. From lengthy sale and purchase agreements to zoning and land use, the business of commercial real estate is fraught with various issues to consider.

A real estate lawyer, specifically one that specializes in commercial real estate law, is an invaluable asset, advising and guiding the client through each step of a transaction.

The San Diego office of Best Best & Krieger handles a broad spectrum of real estate matters for clients throughout the entire state, providing assistance in every aspect of real estate, including real estate finance, sales, acquisitions, development, leasing, entitlements and complex real estate litigation.

"We can help through the entire process of buying real estate," said Gregory Pyke, an attorney specializing in real estate law.

Pyke, a partner with BB&K, is one of five attorneys in the firm's local office who specialize in real estate law. The San Diego office is one of seven Best Best & Krieger offices throughout California, six of which provide real estate law services.

The firm's real estate attorneys represent a variety of clients, including Century Homes Communities, Community Dynamics, First American Title Insurance Co., Granite Construction Inc., Hillcrest Homes, Newland Communities and Preserve Golf Company Inc.

Pyke, who splits his practice between business and real estate law, has been practicing commercial real estate law for nearly 30 years, advising his clients on entity formation, business and real estate matters, and large commercial transactions, including financing.

"We can look at the proposed purchase agreement, help to form the appropriate business entity if necessary, structure the acquisition financing and help with whatever legal due diligence is needed," Pyke said. "We can help through the entire process."

Like Pyke, Robert Hanna is a partner in the real estate practice group of Best Best & Krieger's San Diego office.

Also a 30-year veteran of law, Hanna's practice emphasizes real property, title insurance, trust and general business litigation.

"Rob is one of San Diego's premier real estate litigators," says Pyke. "Disputes over property do arise quite often so it is important to work with an attorney who has extensive knowledge and can help settle the issues quickly to avoid exhausting time and resources."

Many of the firm's clients are retail and service businesses, real estate developers and owners, and commercial borrowers and lenders.

However, the role of a real estate lawyer isn't limited to just private companies. The firm also represents public agencies in development and redevelopment projects.

The practice of San Diego BB&K attorney Delmar Williams encompasses work for both public entities and private companies. He has extensive experience representing redevelopment agencies in large-scale commercial development projects.

Williams is currently representing the Community Development Commission of the city of Oceanside regarding a long-term ground lease for a proposed beachfront resort project, consisting of two hotels and a time-share project.

"Generally on any large-scale commercial development, it is important for the parties to be represented by counsel to advise them regarding the risks and help to make sure that the agreement they sign reflects their expectations," he said.

Williams' 13 years of real estate law experience encompasses negotiation and documentation of real estate purchase and sale transactions, commercial, industrial and office lease transactions, acquisition and development financing transactions, redevelopment agreements and various other agreements.

The benefits of an experienced real estate attorney are great.

"A real estate attorney can often foresee potential problems and structure contracts to try to avoid litigation or minimize its impact," Williams said. "In addition, there are numerous federal and state laws that regulate the purchase, sale, lease and transfer of commercial real estate and an experienced real estate lawyer can help navigate these requirements."

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