Real Estate


From the acquisition and financing of a corporate headquarters to the construction of a publicly funded sports facility, Ulmer & Berne’s real estate attorneys offer a broad scope of talent and expertise in serving clients across the U.S. Our practice has ranked in the top tier for 12 consecutive years in the list of Top Real Estate Firms by Midwest Real Estate News and is listed in national publications such as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.” We serve as national leasing counsel to specialty retailers with more than 1,000 stores and locations in almost every state in the U.S., and are regularly engaged by the world’s largest restaurant company (with more than 33,000 restaurants worldwide) for acquisitions and disposition of locations around the country. Our clients also include leading apartment owners and developers, shopping center owners, general contractors, property managers, lenders, investors, municipalities, and school districts. Our approach is multidisciplinary, engaging team members from related practice areas such as tax, finance, nonprofit, employment and labor, and others when appropriate.

From Ulmer’s Real Estate Advisor Blog By Bill Gagliano Bill Gagliano It has an urban, industrial feel. It has a live DJ. It has a festive atmosphere. It has a patio. And, in addition, to the tacos, gorditas, crunch wraps and chulapas that you’ve come to love and expect, it...

Press Release Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Businesses recognized Ulmer & Berne LLP for the 15th consecutive year as a leading law firm. The guide is the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews, carried out by the largest research team of its kind. Chambers recognizes nine of the firm’s partners and...

Press Release Ulmer & Berne LLP announces that Cleveland-based partner Bill J. Gagliano has been elected to the Gordon Square Arts District’s Board of Directors. Gagliano is a member of Ulmer’s Management Committee and was the long-time chair of the firm’s real estate group. He is a member of the...

Ulmer in the News Henry Bailey Crain’s Cleveland Business profiled Cleveland-based real estate attorney Henry Bailey in its recent “Five to Watch” feature. Henry was one of only five, up-and-coming attorneys in the Cleveland area profiled. For the full article, please click here. Please note that the article may require...

Mary Forbes Lovett, Chair of Ulmer’s Real Estate Practice Group, has been named to the Midwest Real Estate News Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame for 2016. Each year, Midwest Real Estate News highlights a select group of real estate professionals who go well above and beyond the call of duty for...

From Ulmer’s Real Estate Law Advisor Blog Authors: Mary Forbes Lovett So I don’t know about you, but every time I turn on NPR lately there is some discussion about President Trump’s conflict of interest because of his Washington D.C. Hotel built in the former U.S. Post Office with a ground lease...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that it has named Howard Groedel chair of its Business Law Practice Group. The firm also appointed partners Douglas K. Sesnowitz and Marie C. Kuban as the group’s vice chairs. Separately, Ulmer named partner Lori Pittman Haas as vice chair of its...

Ulmer is ranked in 39 categories in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings. Among these, the firm earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers highest rankings in 21 categories. The firm also ranks nationally in 15 categories. Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” are...

Cleveland-based attorney Henry Bailey was recently appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Cleveland. Mr. Bailey’s five-year term begins August 1, 2016. Mr. Bailey is an associate working in Ulmer & Berne’s Real Estate Practice Group and focusing his practice on land use, zoning, and development and historic...

Ulmer & Berne welcomes Joseph B. Conn, who recently joined the firm as counsel. Mr. Conn adds his significant experience in major retail leasing and real estate development to Ulmer & Berne’s sizable real estate practice. He will be based in Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office. Mr. Conn represents a national base of...

“Top-Class Hospitality: Renovated Cleveland Board of Education Building reopens as new Drury Plaza Hotel” Properties Magazine June, 2016

“Texas Housing Bias Row May Affect Developer Building Plans,” Law360 June 15, 2016

“Ulmer & Berne’s Lovett: Cleveland’s Urban Core is on the Rise” Midwest Real Estate News April 11, 2016

The county-appraised values of all real estate in 24 Ohio counties, including all properties in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Portage, and Stark counties, were updated this past fall as part of Ohio’s statutory reappraisal process. These new values will be in place generally for the next 3 years. Many county-appraised real...

Scott P. Kadish, Cincinnati-based partner and Chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Leasing and Retail Practice Groups, has been named to the Midwest Real Estate News Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame for 2015. Each year, Midwest Real Estate News highlights a select group of real estate professionals who go well...

Ulmer & Berne is ranked in 39 categories in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Among these, the firm earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers highest rankings in 21 categories. The firm also ranks nationally in 16 categories. Firms included in the 2016 “Best Law...

Ulmer & Berne is recognized for the 13th consecutive year as a leading law firm in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In the 2015 edition, Chambers USA recognizes 14 of the firm’s partners, including a Band 1 ranking for Michael N. Ungar, chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Litigation...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is ranked in 40 categories in the 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Among these, the firm earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ highest ranking in 23 categories. The firm also ranks nationally in 17 categories. Ulmer & Berne achieved a “Metropolitan Tier...

“Dealmakers Q&A: Ulmer & Berne’s Mary Forbes Lovett” Law360 September 12, 2014

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