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Leasing commercial, industrial, office, or retail property is rarely simple. From seemingly straightforward triple net (NNN) leases to more complicated sale-leaseback transactions to customized or built-to-suit leases, landlords and tenants need an experienced legal partner to assist them in drafting, negotiating, and managing those transactions.

With a wide geographic reach spanning offices across North America, including Canada, Washington D.C., Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, and Arizona, Dickinson Wright advises both occupants and owners – particularly large corporations with operations nationwide – providing strategic advice across the spectrum of leasing options and configurations. And, as a full-service law firm, we draw on our entire firm’s strengths in finance, corporate, construction, automotive, environmental, entertainment, and taxation law, to provide comprehensive counsel, ensuring that all of our clients’ needs are met.

Our Clients

Our clients come to us from a variety of industries, including:

  •  Industrial
  •  Manufacturing
  • Warehouse/Distribution

  • Retail stores

  • Big-box chains

  • Telecommunications


Our Team

Our real estate leasing attorneys are regularly recognized for their work by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers®, Chambers, and other leading industry publications, and are considered among the top lawyers in the United States and Canada. Additionally, our leasing attorneys also actively participate in professional groups and real estate industry associations, publishing articles definitive treatises, and legal analyses, and frequently speak on legal trends in the real estate industry.

Our  Services

Our leasing attorneys routinely prepare and negotiate:


  • Leases

  • Brokerage agreements

  • Subleases and assignments

  • Management agreements

  • Use provisions

  • Restrictive covenants

  • Architect contracts and work letter contracts

  •  Renewals
  • Development agreements

  •  Terminations
  • Property management arrangements

Our leasing experience includes the drafting, review, and enforcement of leases for all types of property:

• Single and multi-tenant buildings
• Shopping centers and freestanding retail facilities
• Commercial, office, industrial, and warehouse properties
• Recreational and entertainment facilities
• Mixed-use properties
• Cell towers
• Green leases combined with tax incentives and credits

In addition to primary lease agreements, we draft and review ancillary documents, such as reciprocal easement and operating agreements (REAs), subordination, non-disturbance, and attornment agreements (SNDAs), and estoppel letters.

Working in close collaboration with our real estate finance lawyers, we reconcile the competing interests of landlords, tenants, and lenders through the use of lender estoppels, non-disturbance agreements, and other instruments. When disagreements arise, we seek to protect clients’ interests through negotiation, dispute resolution, courtroom litigation, and bankruptcy proceedings.

Additionally, to complement our attorneys’ extensive experience, Dickinson Wright has developed proprietary transaction management tools and document automation software that enable us to deliver exceptionally quick and cost-effective leasing services, while allowing clients to track the status of negotiations in real-time. When appropriate, we work with clients to implement alternative rate structures, such as fixed-fee arrangements for recurring transactions.

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