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Real Estate Litigation

About This Practice Area

Sophisticated real estate litigation is a major practice area of our firm. Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in real estate-related disputes, including arbitration and traditional litigation. We have represented clients in all areas of the real estate industry, including owners, developers, management companies, brokers, and investors.  We have handled – and tried to conclusion – many disputes related to the following areas:

  • Rezoning and permit disputes
  • Partnership and LLC disputes
  • Environmental contamination
  • Enforcement of purchase and other contracts, including option agreements and rights of first refusal
  • Financing disputes

Representative Matters

We represented a Fortune 50 company in a zoning appeal.  Our client purchased a commercial property for over $60 million after our client obtained assurances and positive feedback from City officials with regard to our client's proposed redevelopment.   Despite the positive feedback and assurances, the City Council initially denied rezoning.  Our client filed suit, and the City Council subsequently voted to approve the rezoning.

We represented two individuals who borrowed over $1 million dollars to build a home in Sandy Springs.  The lender filed suit against our clients.  In the lawsuit, the lender sought to void modifications to debt instruments that the lender executed.  We obtained summary judgment in our client's favor.  The decision was subsequently affirmed by the Georgia Court of Appeals and has been cited numerous times. 

Our firm represented a property owner who sought a variance to build on his residential property.  The city denied the variance.  The property owner retained our firm.  We successfully appealed the denial of the variance, and the owner was able to build in his property.

Our firm represented the developer of a major Atlanta condominium project in the Buckhead area against condominium purchasers.  The purchasers sought to rescind their contracts to buy condominiums. Most of the cases have settled on terms very favorable for our client.

Our company has a multibillion dollar real estate portfolio, and we work with law firms around the country. We retained the Robbins Firm to handle a rezoning challenge involving a major real estate development of ours in the Southeast. The Robbins Firm has a unique combination of deep expertise in real estate law, top-notch trial skills and strategic understanding of the political process. They deployed all of those attributes in helping us obtain the rezoning we needed while maintaining a good relationship with the jurisdiction in which the project is located. In addition to the great result, working with the Firm was a pleasure. The Firm was very receptive to our input and guidance, and we established a true collaborative relationship.

M.M., Corporate Counsel, Large insurer

I called on Richard Robbins and Josh Belinfante of the Robbins Firm to represent me in a difficult landlord/tenant dispute with a governmental agency involving a large office building I manage.  At our jury trial, their cross examination and closing argument was nothing short of brilliant.  As a former attorney myself and one who has been represented by numerous other firms and attorneys, the Robbins Firm ranks at the very top and my first choice, no matter how complex the facts, circumstances and legal issues may be.  The Robbins attorneys were able to win at every turn against the government, including literally every penny in unpaid rent we asked for, plus attorneys’ fees and interest.  It is tough to fight the government, but the Robbins Firm successfully did so.

P.S., Real estate owner

I have worked with Robbins Firm attorneys for 20 years on a variety of difficult real estate disputes, from commercial landlord/tenant disputes, to partnership disputes and lender issues.  They have provided me with savvy business and legal advice and have represented me capably in litigation.  Most recently, they resolved a very difficult development lawsuit in less than a month, which allowed a multimillion dollar real estate project to go forward.  They have always been there for me when I needed them.

C.H., Real estate developer