Real Estate


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"The attorneys have a broad understanding of a number of legal and business issues in addition to deep expertise within their specific practice areas."
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Recognized in the 2017 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings.
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Recognized as a Top Ranked firm in Chambers USA 2018.


Verrill Dana’s real estate lawyers are widely regarded as premier practitioners in the region. Clients turn to Verrill Dana’s Real Estate Group for its broad depth of substantive knowledge, extensive experience, and sterling reputation. In particular, many clients choose our real estate team for its sound business sense and practical approach to completing a transaction. Our real estate attorneys execute skillful due diligence and competitively negotiate agreements, all with the understanding that the ultimate goal for most clients is minimizing risk while successfully completing a business transaction.

Our approach is straightforward, simple, and client-focused. We start each transaction by carefully listening to the client to understand the underlying business objectives. We then balance the risk/reward aspects of various legal strategies and advise the client accordingly. Our measure of success is the efficient completion of a transaction in a manner that achieves our client’s goals. Our record of client satisfaction has resulted in our continued listing in the top tier by Chambers and Partners.

Areas of Experience:

  • Acquisitions, Sales and Leasing
  • Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Development
  • Real Estate and Municipal Financing
  • Property Tax and Corporate Structuring
  • Easements, Title, Access and Boundary Issues
  • Subdivisions, Zoning and Land Use
  • Wind Power, Natural Gas, and Utilities
  • Timberlands and Forest Products
  • Telecommunications
  • Hospitality and Retail
  • Health Care

Recent representative matters include the following:

  • Timberlands: Representation of investment fund in acquisition, ownership, and eventual sale of approximately 1 million acres of commercial timberlands; representation of investment fund in acquisition and management of more than three hundred thousand acres of commercial timberlands; representation of landowners in sale of approximately two hundred thousand acres of commercial timberlands, including complex partition and exchange of fractional interests.
  • Energy & Wind Power: Representation of developers of large-scale commercial wind power projects, including title review, fee and easement acquisitions, leasing, construction financing, and successful permitting of project and associated transmission line; representation of potential purchaser of hydroelectric facility, including due diligence review of title and survey documents and contracts, and preparation of purchase and sale agreement; representation of natural gas pipeline expansion project involving five compressor stations.
  • Lending: Representation of lender on three related loans to three separate borrowers secured by commercial shopping center properties.
  • Leasing: Representation of industrial landowner in connection with leasing of mill site for oil marine terminal facility; representation of wireless cell phone carrier in leasing and permitting numerous tower sites.
  • Development: Representation of owner of multi-building commercial/industrial complex, including negotiating leases for numerous tenants, advising on the construction of an additional building at the site, and construction and permanent financing; representation of developer of office building, including site acquisition, leasing, permitting, construction financing, and negotiating limited liability company documents between developer and equity investors; representation of owner of urban land parcel in connection with mixed-use development, including a luxury hotel and private residences.
  • Easements: Representation of landowners in connection with negotiation and sale of conservation easements to states and non-profit organizations.
  • General Real Estate: Representation of purchasers of waterfront residence including advice with respect to easement arrangements with abutting landowners and potential construction of a pier.

To efficiently and effectively reach our client goals, we take a team approach, working closely with colleagues in relevant practice areas for advice and counsel. Related areas of law, include: Environmental; Timberlands; Energy; Private Clients; Business; Commercial Lending; Tax; Construction; and Hospitality.


  • Partner
    T: (207) 253-4516
  • Partner
    T: (207) 253-4514