Practice Area Descriptions

  QuoteFor more than 25 years, we have relied on the Gilchrist & Rutter lawyers to represent us on numerous complex real estate and business matters. They work tirelessly to help us achieve our goals and make deals happen."

- James A. Thomas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Properties Group, Inc.
Practice Area Descriptions
  • Real Estate: The firm handles all aspects of commercial, retail and industrial transactions, including development, financing, leasing, purchases, sales, exchanges, environmental, sustainability, property management, manufactured housing estate conversions and related issues.

  • Leasing: Our real estate attorneys represent both landlords and tenants on a variety of lease transactions, including commercial, retail, research and development and industrial properties. We are proficient in negotiating and preparing ground leases, office and retail space leases and sale and leaseback agreements.

  • Land Use: Our land use group provides legal and planning advice at every stage of land use projects, from planning and permitting to financing and litigation. Our attorneys have handled a variety of land use matters nationwide and in California, which has especially intricate land use and environmental protection laws requiring strong local legal representation. With our public and private sector experience in California and other states, we work effectively to entitle major projects and to secure the ordinances, zoning and plan amendments required to implement a project.
  • Corporate: The firm handles most business matters, including formation of appropriate business entities, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, annual corporate maintenance, employee issues, business licenses and other operational issues.

  • Employment Law: The firm handles all aspects of employment law matters, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial, age, and gender discrimination and other employment claims.

  • Environmental: The firm handles the environmental aspects of business and real property transactions and development, provides regulatory compliance counseling, and handles environmental claims and enforcement matters.

  • Litigation: The firm handles all types of civil litigation matters, including disputes related to real estate, title insurance, life insurance (including structured settlement annuities), employment, construction defects, trade dress and intellectual property, and other general business matters.

  • Manufactured Housing:

    Our manufactured housing expertise includes advising and strategizing with clients with respect to increasing the value of their parks.  We have extensive experience counseling park owner clients on rent control issues, park closure for redevelopment, and the conversion of mobilehome communities from rental to resident ownership to increase property value.  We also represent clients in acquisitions, financing, sales, tax-deferred sales, rent increase applications and strategies, and rent control litigation. We have successfully prosecuted a ground-breaking California case involving conversion, an appeal establishing an important Proposition 8 principle on reductions in property values, and a multi-million dollar claim for damages against a public entity for regulatory taking.

  • Sustainability: The firm merges years of expertise in construction, development, leasing, environmental law, land use and asset management to help its clients navigate and comply with applicable local, state and federal laws dealing with minimizing a project's resource footprint while maximizing the benefits of investments in "green" improvements.

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Land Use
Real Estate


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