Real Estate/Environmental Litigation


Ulmer & Berne’s Distressed Real Estate Team is comprised of attorneys with extensive experience in every aspect of distressed real estate investing. The team has represented lenders, developers, tenants, investors, trustees and receivers in a wide variety of structuring transactions — both out of court and in state and federal proceedings.

Our attorneys represent lenders in bankruptcy, foreclosure and receiverships involving various types of real estate including offices, warehouses, manufacturing, retail, apartments, and residential condominiums, as well as real estate buyers in receivership sales. We also develop strategies to overcome legal impediments to closing caused by uncertain case law.

Ulmer & Berne’s Distressed Real Estate Team provides clients with solid, practical, cost-effective advice based on years of experience from every perspective of a troubled real estate transaction. We represent clients on several types of regional and national engagements, including acquisitions and dispositions, lending and development, and bond financing.

Gain Access to a Key Referral Network

Our expertise also allows us to determine the right blend of skill and experience to produce the highest level of service and results. To that end, we are able to draw from a wealth of contacts and resources outside the firm, utilizing longstanding professional relationships to direct clients to a variety of key resources, including:

  • Valuation expertise
  • Property management
  • Equity capital
  • Loan workouts/restructuring
  • Interim/crisis management
  • Asset sales

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...

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...

“Michael Nathan Ungar | Ulmer & Berne LLP” Cleveland Jewish News January 15, 2015 Perennial Super Lawyer Michael Nathan Ungar considers settlement of a dispute embroiling Case Western University among his most memorable cases of 2014. Read the full article »

Ulmer & Berne LLP has been ranked within the top 10 percent of all law firms by The BTI Consulting Group, one of the nation’s leading legal industry research firms, in their recently published 2015 BTI Litigation Outlook report. The firm was selected as a “Litigation Powerhouse” and is named...

October 2014 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) took its final step to phase out ASTM E1527-05, the standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments utilized by environmental professionals and parties since 2005. Starting October 16, 2015, environmental professionals and parties must use the updated 2013 version...

Ulmer & Berne LLP was named 2014 Ohio Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation at the second annual Benchmark Litigation US Awards held at the Essex Hotel in New York City on January 29, 2014. The US Benchmark Awards were based on a six-month research period involving extensive interviews...

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