Real Estate

Wallin & Russell has substantial experience representing a broad range of clients in connection with real estate projects throughout Southern California. We understand and respond to our clients’ need to receive prompt, cost-effective, practical advice. We serve not only the real estate development and investment community, but also handle the corporate facilities and other real estate needs of our entrepreneurial and traditional business clients.

Acquisitions and Dispositions

Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and drafters, familiar with the issues that arise in both the acquisition and disposition of real property. This includes negotiating and drafting of letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, due diligence reviews, and review and resolution of title matters.


Our practice in leasing is tailored to our clients’ individual needs and the real estate assets that they lease. We regularly negotiate, structure, and draft residential, commercial, and industrial leases and subleases, as well as make sophisticated financing arrangements such as ground leases and sale/leasebacks. We also actively advise our clients on property management issues, such as insurance, tenant relations and regulatory compliance.

Joint Venture and Entity Formation

The aggregation of capital from multiple sources frequently requires a written understanding between the investors. We are able to draw upon our long history of real estate transactions as well our background in corporate, finance and tax law to provide advice on the proper entity in which to hold title to real property. We can also reduce to writing a set of governing rules for property ownership or management, whether that writing is a joint venture, partnership, operating or tenants in common agreement.

Real Estate Finance

Financing is critical to any real estate project, both at the time of its acquisition as well as throughout the life of the investment. We regularly assist clients negotiating and structuring financial arrangements with and on behalf of institutional and non-institutional lenders, as well as sources of private equity. And because we know your financing needs change with time, we assist its clients in refinancing, defeasing, restructuring, workouts and foreclosures. We are also very familiar with the special requirements imposed on borrowers by conduit lenders to meet special purpose entity requirements, and regularly render the highly technical due authorization, enforceability and non-consolidation legal opinions demanded by conduit lenders. To learn more about our finance practice, please click here [include link to Finance page].

Real Estate Litigation

Our litigation attorneys handle all types of real estate-related claims, including, among other things, complex lease and sale disputes, mechanics liens, foreclosure and other real estate-related contractual disputes. To learn more about our litigation practice, please click here [Include link to Litigation page.