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Commercial Leasing

Leasing Legal Counsel and Representation

Our firm is often engaged to advise both landlord and tenant clients for national, regional and local leasing transactions. These representations cover a broad range of industry sectors from headquarters buildings and campuses, mixed-use projects, and single-user building leases, anchor tenants and smaller leases for both landlords and tenants. We have closed millions of square feet of lease transactions, and by our experience we have gained broad market perspective on leasing issues, trends, and customs. That experience means we can provide creative problem-solving approaches, understand the concerns of the opposing party, and to implement strategies and tactics that are most efficient for a given situation. Our clients include national, regional, and local building owners, tenants, investors, and associations. All of this means our leases completed in a cost-effective and efficient manner that benefits you.

Because we are experienced leasing attorneys, we also frequently review, negotiate and coordinate actions involving contractor agreements, architect’s agreements and design professional agreements, and financing documents. CPM’s attorneys also have experience and the skills to manage these relationships and to act as a liaison among the various interests of these parties. From term sheet, lease negotiation, lease drafting, to move-in are areas where we provide guidance for you, while maintaining consistency and excellence in the quality of the work product.


Commercial leasing representation at cost-sensitive legal rates

CPM provides high quality legal counsel and representation to landlords and tenants throughout Virginia. Furthermore, we do so at cost-sensitive legal rates that are less than many other firms charge.

We are skilled in matters pertaining to:

  • Industrial leases for warehouses, data centers, cold storage facilities and other industrial properties
  • Office leases for clients ranging from small business owners to major corporations
  • Mixed-use and Retail leases for malls, entertainment centers, restaurants, health clubs, department stores and other properties
  • Solar leases for landowners or solar energy developers​

CPM is experienced in negotiating, drafting and reviewing many types of office, retail and industrial commercial lease agreements and related documents, including:

  • Triple Net Leases
  • Full Service, or Gross Leases
  • Modified Gross Leases
  • Subleases
  • Ground Leases
  • Term Sheets
  • Letters of intent
  • Assignments
  • Guaranties
  • Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements (SNDA)
  • Title, surveys and zoning matters
  • Environmental due diligence issues

CPM protects clients’ rights and ensures understanding of the details

CPM’s attorneys also assist clients with negotiating and structuring ancillary legal documents and commercial contracts, such as property management agreements, and insurance coverage policies.

For commercial leasing work, we strive to protect our clients’ rights and ensure that our clients understand the details of their leases. We take pride in educating our clients about the meaning and risks involved with their leases, and provide guidance to minimize leasing risks.

Our attorneys believe that working on commercial leases is about negotiation and an overly aggressive approach is usually not successful, or is less efficient than other approaches. Based on our experience working in the commercial leasing arena, we utilize a reasonable approach to reach positions that both landlord and tenant will find agreeable. We negotiate and then draft negotiate leases that protect our clients, while also considering the goals of the opposing party.  We have found this is a more efficient strategy that results in lower costs and more effective results for our clients.

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