A well prepared commercial lease is a key component to business success. Boilerplate commercial leases are never balanced, filled with avoidable traps, and often will bind a company for years. Commercial leases should be thoroughly reviewed, negotiated, and edited by an experienced real estate attorney to ensure expectations are met. Whether representing a landlord or a tenant, Messerli Kramer’s Commercial Real Estate attorneys are skilled at negotiating and preparing commercial leases to ensure each client’s deal-terms and interests are well documented, understood, and protected. We help clients understand and become aware of key lease provisions including common area rights, common area maintenance (CAM), additional rent obligations, permitted uses, maintenance obligations, tenant improvements, parking rights, insurance requirements, default and cure provisions, and a host of other matters often overlooked by parties inexperienced with commercial leases.

The collection of lease work performed by our Commercial Real Estate attorneys includes commercial leases for retail, restaurant, office, and industrial uses, as well as ground leases, subleases, lease assignments, and real estate license agreements. We work with clients of all sizes including publicly traded companies with national lease portfolios, multi-state property management companies, as well as local small businesses securing their first commercial space. Our experienced team helps clients avoid common lease mistakes and secure a final agreement that will best serve their specific needs.

Representative Experience

  • Managed national leasing portfolio for large publicly traded insurance company and its subsidiaries involving new office leases, amendments and extension agreements.

  • Assisted publicly traded software company negotiate and secure tenant improvement reimbursements and caps on CAM and additional rent costs under new lease for office space in Seattle, WA.

  • Assisted publicly traded real estate holding company lease a 60,000 square foot office building to Lockheed Martin Corporation in Baltimore, MA.

  • Assisted local boutique business owner secure retail lease from a large national real estate holding company in desirable shopping center located in the Twin Cities western suburbs.

  • Negotiated for ground lease for landlord in use with national restaurant chain.

  • Represented national shopping center owner in connection with over 20 leases with retail tenants in a major mixed-use redevelopment project in Woodbury, Minnesota.


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