The Sherman & Howard Difference

Representing real estate developers, investors, lenders and borrowers, property managers, buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants, brokers, and receivers in bankruptcy, among others, our Real Estate team possesses industry knowledge, a well-rounded perspective, and a nuanced understanding of the issues and challenges all of the parties face. This skill set enables us to readily identify and solve problems and close transactions more efficiently and economically than would otherwise be possible.

Our lawyers are at the forefront on cutting-edge issues impacting the industry, advising on many of the latest trends including artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and experiential properties, adaptive reuse projects, co-working and agile workplace arrangements, and the latest in innovative live-work-play amenities. We are also active members of numerous real estate industry groups including Urban Land Institute (ULI) and NAOIP.

Our Approach

We listen closely to our clients to gain a clear understanding of their business needs, concerns, and goals. Then we structure deals accordingly, negotiating and closing deals efficiently. We pride ourselves on offering clients uncommon business acumen, diverse legal backgrounds, responsiveness, and the proficiency needed to handle any type of deal from local market property deals to international real estate acquisitions and sales.


Our team has decades of experience in handling:

  • Acquisitions and sales
  • Financing, loan modifications, workouts, and restructurings
  • Land use, zoning, permitting, and entitlements
  • Development and construction contracts, issues and disputes
  • State and federal land sales regulations
  • Retail, office, and industrial leasing arrangements
  • Insurance issues
  • Real estate joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Real estate portfolio management across asset classes
  • Litigation and other forms of dispute resolution
  • Bankruptcies, workouts, and foreclosures
  • Wind and solar project leasing and financing
  • Property management and operations issues


We have structured, negotiated, and closed transactions across every asset class including:

  • Single-family and multifamily housing
  • Condominiums and planned communities
  • Assisted-living facilities
  • Farms, ranches, and vacant land
  • Luxury estates and trophy properties
  • Urban brownfields
  • Redevelopment of former federal enclaves and military bases
  • High-rise office buildings and mixed-use facilities
  • Hotels, luxury resorts, golf courses, and other hospitality projects
  • Retail centers
  • Hospitals and medical facilities
  • Corporate and industrial campuses
  • Warehouse facilities
  • Restaurants, theaters, and special-use facilities
  • Resource exploration and mining sites
  • Telecommunications sites
  • Waste disposal facilities