Real Estate / Development / Property Law

Friebert, Finerty & St. John provides extensive legal services for real estate transactions, for both buyers and sellers. It has built a reputation for assisting commercial and residential developers and others in obtaining local municipal zoning approvals and permits for major projects. In addition, the firm has extensive experience in negotiating complicated and creative financing and development agreements with municipalities.

It provides counsel in the drafting, review, and negotiation of offers to purchase; options, land contracts, commercial leases and municipal air rights; right of way leases for skywalks and other structures crossing public rights-of-way; local development agreements, architectural control agreements and land bank participation agreements; and community center and common area management trusts and agreements.

FF&SJ offers an active and varied construction law practice, representing clients in disputes over alleged defects in design, construction techniques and materials in projects ranging in size from single-family residences to multimillion-dollar commercial and institutional structures. Our clients have included owners, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers.

Land use is another focus area at FF&SJ. FF&SJ effectively guides our clients through the zoning and land use process toward their specific objectives of enhancing the land they own and developing landmark projects. Services include zoning, site-plan overlay districts, negotiation of site plan and design guidelines, negotiation and application for general and detailed planned development districts and administrative zoning matters such as applications for special use permits and conditional uses.  FF&SJ also assists with negotiating and drafting plans of operation, which must be approved as part of the issuance of such permits.

FF&SJ thoroughly understands the tools that governments can offer businesses, including tax incremental financing districts ("TIF"), special assessment district plans and assessment formulas, industrial revenue development bonds ("IRDB"), low-interest development loans, historic tax credits and new markets tax credits.

Development and real estate clients range from major mall owners, to shopping center owners, residential and mixed-used project developers and office building, commercial, and industrial developers. Our clients are located in major downtown areas, suburbs and rural areas throughout Wisconsin.