Industries & Practices
We are an integrated team offering full-service real estate solutions nationwide.
From acquisition, financing and development to investment, leasing and sales, our team assists in all aspects of real estate transactions. First established in the 1940s, our firm’s real estate capability has expanded nationally. In fact, we have participated in transactions in nearly every state in the country.
Types of clients we represent:
- Banks and financial institutions
- Commercial and residential property owners and developers
- Health care systems and hospitals
- Local and state governmental entities and agencies
- Telecommunication companies
- Oil and gas companies
- Electric generation companies
- Hotel owners and developers
Examples of the services we offer:
- Comprehensive drafting of transaction documents
- Thorough due diligence
- Distressed loan workout and collection
- Negotiating the purchase and sale of equity interests
- Debt and equity financing
- Partnerships and joint ventures
- Negotiating governmental development incentives and funding sources
- Land subdivision
- Wetlands and other environmental permitting
- Advise asset management and loan services
"The service is terrific and provides great value. The greatest strength of the team is the consistency of advice, no matter who we deal with."
"Regardless of what part of real estate or real estate financing experience that we need, Bricker & Eckler seems to be able to provide outstanding service to us for our real estate development firm. We are constantly amazed with their ability to understand complex transactions and break them down to show us how to make it work. There are other firms in Central Ohio that have similar experience. However, what sets Bricker & Eckler apart from those other firms is their common- sense/business-minded approach towards the practice of law. They are our first choice when it comes to real estate lawyers in Central Ohio."
"Our companies have worked with Bricker & Eckler for over 30 years. Three of their many qualities stand above all else: 1. Their insightful guidance has always steered us towards the best possible decision. 2. They know how to facilitate getting a deal across the finish line. 3. They are incredibly responsive and always deliver on their promised time table which allows us to plan and deliver on our promised time tables. And finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention they are delightful people. We value working with professionals who we enjoy and respect."
LIHTC project involving historic tax credits
Represented a national bank in connection with a construction loan for a nine-percent low-income housing tax credit transaction for an affordable housing project located i...More
Port Authority bond transaction for a LIHTC projec...
Represented a national bank in connection with financing a low-income housing tax credit project in Ohio utilizing a port authority bond structure, together with an OHFA H...More
Student Housing Portfolio Refinancing
Represented multiple banks in connection with the refinance of a 225 property student housing portfolio within a 60-day timeframeMore
$120 million mixed-use development project
Successfully led the closing of a mixed-use public-private development project in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Served multiple roles in the project’s financing, including as bond counsel to the d...More
Building close for major renovation project
Successfully closed building sale and managed financing, including termination and renegotiation of current building leases, under strict deadline for major renovation project.More
$225 million revolving loan transaction
Represented the lead lender in a $225 million revolving loan transaction to enable the sponsor to leverage ownership in publically traded securities and support additional acquisitions and investme...More
$75 Million Revolving Line of Credit
Represents a Fortune 500 lender in adding eligible multifamily, commercial and industrial real estate assets to the collateral pool of a $75 million revolving line of credit loan for the lender&rsq...More
$94 Million Portfolio Acquisition
Represented an industrial real estate investor in its acquisition of a $94 million portfolio of warehouse assets in northeast Ohio, which was the largest deal in the company’s history. ...More
Counsel to Retailer Owner/Developer
Regularly represents and advises active real estate owner and developer in the Columbus retail market in matters relating to commercial leasing, acquisitions and dispositions.More
$95 million real estate acquisition
Represented a client in the acquisition of ten industrial properties. Our team handled all aspects of the purchase and sale agreement, environmental issues, title and survey documentation and more....More
Areas of Focus
We maintain a sophisticated, high-volume commercial lending practice, representing numerous commercial mortgage lenders throughout Ohio and the U.S. Understanding the complex documentation and procedural requirements, our real estate attorneys and paralegals are skilled in handling a variety of loan types and capital transactions and take a solution-based approach to the loan documentation and closing process.
Property Acquisition & Development
Working cooperatively with both public and private entities, our firm handles a wide range of development projects from all sides of the transaction. Whether approached with finance, construction, zoning, environmental or tax questions, we build creative solutions around issues that may arise while obtaining property or throughout the development process.
From eligibility requirements to financing options to compliance, our commercial finance and development attorneys help clients implement a variety of financing tools, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), historic tax credits, various U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) financing programs, Rural Development 538 guaranteed financing, Rural Development 515 financing, various state housing agency financing programs and more. We advise on the real estate, lending, land, investment, compliance and tax implications surrounding these unique financing options.
Hotels & Hospitality
We represent our clients in the acquisition, financing, development, ownership and disposition of real estate assets within the hospitality industry. Our attorneys also assist with day-to-day asset management of hospitality projects and servicing of loans secured by hospitality assets.
Business Formation & Structuring
We help clients form entities to own and invest in real estate assets. This includes the drafting and negotiation of partnership agreements, any equity investments and all types of real estate transactions.More
Our attorneys have represented public and private entities in countless retail, restaurant, medical, professional, industrial and mixed-use leases throughout Ohio and beyond. We review, draft and negotiate commercial lease agreements and have honed specific skills in the telecommunications industry and in wind energy development. We are known for handling a high volume of transactions with speed and consistency.
Energy & Telecommunications
Our attorneys have helped clients with debt and equity financing for the construction of projects and transactions involving extensive real estate, environmental and tax issues. Our services include real estate due diligence; title curative work property acquisition and easement negotiations; document preparation; and work with lenders and equity investors. Within the telecommunications industry, we advise Ohio municipalities regarding ordinance drafting, ensuring the ordinances are compliant with federal and state micro-wireless regulations.More
With vast knowledge of the lending and how it impacts real estate negotiation, we represent lenders and developers in real estate due diligence, title curative work, property acquisition and easement negotiations.More
Our attorneys frequently represent both borrowers and lenders seeking to restructure troubled credits, negotiating and documenting forbearance, collateral surrender, liquidation, lien subordination and payment subordination transactions, as well as loan agreement amendments and covenant waiver matters.
School Districts: Starting August 3, 2021, Ohio Senate Bill 57 authorizes property owners to seek real property tax reductions due to COVID-19 for Tax Year 2020More
Ohio Supreme Court: Eminent domain just compensation trials for electric transmission line easements must wait while necessity of appropriation on appealMore
City of Columbus officials say keeping new construction and other development moving through the approval process is a top priorityMore
Bartemes inducted into prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers
Bricker & Eckler is pleased to announce that Amy Straker Bartemes, a partner in the firm’s Columbus office, was recently inducted into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the premier organization of real estate lawyers in the United States.More Apr 28, 2022