Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Service Details

Commercial Leasing

Our real estate attorneys have extensive experience with the leasing of all types of real property, including retail, office, industrial, mixed use projects, undeveloped land/ground leases and cell tower sites throughout the United States and abroad. Having represented both landlords (ranging from institutional owners to local developers) and tenants (ranging from national tenants to start-up business and individuals) in connection with hundreds of leases, as well as other ancillary documents pertaining to the leasing of real property, like reciprocal easement agreements, development agreements, work letters and recognition agreements, we understand the complex issues involved in leasing real property and draw upon our unparalleled expertise to consummate deals efficiently.

Representative Clients and Matters


  • Representing an institutional landlord in connection with full floor office lease and build out
  • Representing tenants in connection with multi-floor office leases and work letters
  • Representing tenants desiring to renegotiate existing leases (downsizing, “blend and extend,” and expansions)
  • Representing start-up businesses in connection with creative office space leases
  • Preparing form office leases and work letters for landlords
  • Advising clients on LEED matters


  • Representing retail developers in connection with leases, development agreements and CC&Rs opposite national tenants
  • Negotiating and documenting long term ground leases and development agreements on behalf of ownership
  • Representing boutique retailers in connection with space leases
  • Representing owners of fitness chain in connection with leases, including reverse build to suits
  • Representing national tenant in connection with long term ground lease and development of raw land
  • Negotiating and documenting build out and lease of restaurant and brewery space on behalf of tenant
  • Preparing form leases and development agreements for landlords


  • Representing tenant in connection with lease of approximately 190,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Mexico and subleases to various suppliers
  • Representing seller/tenant in connection with multi-property sale/leaseback
  • Representing seller/tenant in connection with sale/leaseback of out-of-state environmentally troubled industrial park

Mixed Use/Other:

  • Advising owner of mixed use project regarding form lease and cost pools for project
  • Representing restaurant client in connection with lease in mixed use retail/residential project
  • Representing landlords in connection with rooftop cell sites
  • Representing landlords in connection with out-of-state cell tower leases

Presentations & Publications

  • “Landlord Lease Remedies: A Closer Look” | Los Angeles County Bar Association - Leasing and Development | August 2013