Troxell Leigh’s real estate practice enjoys broad capabilities. We represent landowners, institutions, developers, and lenders in the acquisition, development, management, leasing, sale, and financing of real estate. We have particularized experience in “Data Center Alley” where Loudoun’s data center economy has continued to thrive.
We provide legal services for:
Real Estate Litigation
Our firm’s strengths in real estate and zoning complement our experience in real estate-related litigation. Familiarity with local real estate markets, potential experts, and other real estate professionals is crucial to this type of litigation. We handle eminent domain and condemnation, partition, Real Estate contract litigation, and easement and title disputes.
Reflecting the needs of Loudoun and surrounding communities, our firm has an active land use and zoning practice that focuses on advising individual landowners, as well as lenders, developers, and institutions such as non-profits and churches. We also serve as local counsel on discreet zoning issues for national and regional law firms or their clients, and we represent small and mid-sized developers in towns and rural economy areas where other firms may not have depth of coverage. We work with the client’s team of experts or assemble suitable professionals to address the challenges unique to each property or project. Our lawyers can identify and develop solutions with the Commonwealth, counties, towns, VDOT, DEQ, and other state or local agencies. When warranted, these team members will work with the litigation attorneys to employ appropriate judicial remedies.
We have handled varied eminent domain cases and obtained favorable resolutions in cases against VDOT, County of Loudoun, and other localities, including settlements with valuable non-monetary compensation and tax advantages.
Our experience in drafting contracts, development, subdivision, leasing, sales and loan documentation provides the client with greater representation than just “papering” the transaction. We go beyond drafting to ask whether risks are mitigated, positions preserved and value is explored. Likewise, a seasoned lawyer knows more than just the battlefield: he must also know the players. Consultation with other real estate professionals, such as appraisers, architects, engineers, accountants or brokers, adds key information to consider in developing strategies and solutions. Our contact base among real estate professionals is sterling.
The firm’s collaborative approach encourages thorough consideration of factors unique to each matter: Land use and zoning factors can drive deal structure; litigation experience informs drafting and enforcement concerns; and tax analysis often merits additional review. Finally, we practice in some of the emerging areas important to the Northern Virginia region, such as the convergence of environmental, tax, and land use policies in matters such as the convergence of environmental, tax, and land use policies in matters such as conservation easements, wetlands mitigation banking, stream restoration credits and transfer or purchase of development rights programs.
Illustrative Representation and Transactions:
- Representation of a non-profit in a sale-leaseback to a data center operator in a +$30- Million transaction
- Advised nationally-recognized developer through multi-year development navigating around major roadway taking, resulting in +$20-million sale
- Various representation of an international data center operator in various issues in the development of a 75-acre data center campus
- Negotiated and successfully closed $9-million sale-leaseback transaction for leading Northern Virginia technology company headquarters.
- Successfully challenged renewal option of long-term tenant under below-rent retail lease in strip center and concluded lease termination.
- Separated stand-alone pad operator from center through land condominium
- Guided owner through acquisition, zoning and subdivision analyses, proffer dispute and contentious architectural board review for 19-unit townhouse development in Middleburg.