Litigation And Dispute Management
When disputes arise, clients look for lawyers who can proactively represent them to resolve the issues. Porzio’s experienced litigators understand the underlying real estate issues and have the experience to provide our clients with dispute management and litigation counseling. Our attorneys approach disputes with an open mind and in close consultation with our clients to ensure that their needs are always the focus of our work. We work to resolve disputes amicably whenever beneficial to our clients’ interests, but when litigation is unavoidable, our team is equipped to effectively and aggressively protect those interests in state and federal courts, before arbitrators, and before agencies, boards, and other tribunals.
Our litigation and transactional attorneys work collaboratively to deliver cost-effective representation that protects clients’ property and contract interests. We handle a wide range of disputes involving the sale of real property, breaches of real estate contract claims, deed and covenant restriction claims, real estate brokerage commissions claims, and claims arising from financing and leasing contracts. Recent representative engagements include:
In this time of unprecedented levels of foreclosure filings and bankruptcies, impacted clients turn to us for advice on a variety of issues concerning foreclosures, workouts and lender-related litigation. We represent secured lenders, developers and borrowers in litigation that arises in connection with mortgage loans or other real estate-related financings. Our experience includes workouts, tax liens and mortgage foreclosures, actions involving guarantors, lender liability claims and relief for secured lenders from bankruptcy stays. Recent representative engagements include:
Our attorneys quickly analyze title issues and recommend appropriate courses of action. We represent private property owners and national title insurance companies in actions based on boundary disputes, easements, adverse possession claims, judgment and other liens and riparian rights. Recent representative engagements include:
Commercial landlords and tenants need to know their rights and responsibilities under a lease. We provide experienced counseling in connection with such disputes. When litigation cannot be avoided, we are equipped to guide our clients through the process. Examples of the types of matters we handle range from breach of lease, constructive eviction, return of security and dispossession actions to non-payment and suits against lease guarantors.
At times, a professional architect, surveyor, wetlands delineator, title agent or other real estate- related professional faces suit for alleged professional negligence. When that occurs, it is critical for the professional to retain an attorney who is familiar with the professional’s practice and the defense of such claims. We have the background and experience to help clients preserve their professional reputations while efficiently litigating their matters. Recent representative engagements include:
Not every development project receives proper consideration by municipal land use boards and other governmental agencies. Our litigation attorneys have experience representing developers before trial and appellate courts, seeking to affirm or overturn governmental actions. Such matters include appeals of land use board decisions, municipal redevelopment initiatives, appeals objecting to the unlawful adoption of zoning ordinances, projects seeking to advance the construction of low and moderate income housing, and appeals of improper determinations by state and local officials regarding permitting and environmental issues.