Real Estate

Williams & Connolly has substantial experience litigating major real estate disputes and advising clients in a variety of real estate transactions.

Williams & Connolly has represented owners, developers and builders of shopping centers, office buildings and residential projects in a range of matters. Williams & Connolly has long represented a national hotel chain, for which it litigates the full spectrum of real estate and development claims, including, most recently, a dispute over an alleged violation by the hotel of an exclusive taxi franchise. The firm has represented other hotel companies in everything from the acquisition of new properties to litigation over their management agreements, including pre-complaint investigations and demands, trials and arbitrations, and appeals. The firm has also represented property owners in construction disputes.

Williams & Connolly lawyers represented a real estate investment trust, winning a jury verdict against a $30 million claim over the sale of an apartment complex, and successfully handled an arbitration for a client sued by a national home developer for breach of a land development contract. The firm has represented The Washington Post in a dispute over the ownership rights of a building adjacent to the Post’s main building. It has also won a trial on behalf of a real estate development company that gave the client the exclusive right to develop a major shopping center and residential project in Northern Virginia. Finally, the firm won the liability phase of a bifurcated trial on behalf of a hotel company against a defendant that breached a preliminary agreement to negotiate in good faith for the sale of a major hotel in Washington, D.C. In that case, Williams & Connolly obtained a decision from the D.C. Court of Appeals that specific performance is the presumptive remedy for breach of the preliminary agreement at issue.

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