Real estate is one of the firm’s major areas of practice. Representation extends from major national, state, and local developers of residential and commercial projects to a client buying their first home.
Real Estate Legal Matters
In the commercial real estate market, the firm’s attorneys represent developers and property owners in such real estate matters as:
- Boundary disputes
- Easements (express, prescriptive, and “of necessity”)
- Land contracts, mortgages, and sale-lease backs
- Land use and governmental law
- Leasing or management of real property
- Loan workouts
- Mortgage disputes
- Purchase or sale of real property
- Tax-deferred exchanges
- Title insurance and defects
- Zoning and rezoning
Real Estate Attorneys
Partner Robert Crane, who chairs the firm’s real estate practice group, has more than 35 years of experience in representing both local and national clients, including some of Palm Beach County’s and the country’s largest home builders, institutional lenders, and residential and commercial developers. His practice includes the areas of commercial and residential real estate sales, purchases, development, leasing, mortgage lending, tax free exchanges, contract law and title insurance. He is also an approved title agent for many of the country’s largest title underwriters.
Managing Partner Alan Ciklin, who chairs the firm’s land use and governmental practice area, served as the director of the Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning and Building Department and deputy county attorney earlier in his career. He was also active in the development of Palm Beach County’s land use and zoning codes, as well as its Comprehensive Plan.
Of Counsel attorney Charles Lubitz has represented real estate developers such as the Trump Organization, as well as numerous foreign and American buyers in Florida and throughout the United States.
Partner Gregory Kino has 25 years of experience in representing local and national clients in land use, governmental, and real estate matters before local governmental agencies. He also represents public sector clients, including the Town of Juno Beach.
For 45 years, partner Phil O’Connell has assisted clients with real estate, land use, and estate planning matters.
Several residential transactions handled by partner Dean Vergosen involved the largest dollar real estate purchases in Palm Beach County at the time. Earlier in his career he served as in-house counsel for a national developer of garden apartments, residential condominiums, and hotels.
Partner Gary Walk is Board Certified in Real Estate Law by The Florida Bar. As such, he is an expert in the areas of real estate purchases and sales, title insurance, leasing, and real estate development.
Contact a Florida Real Estate Law Firm
Strong personal client relationships are important to the real estate attorneys at Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell.
Contact department chairperson Robert Crane or any of the department’s real estate attorneys to discuss a confidential real estate matter in Palm Beach County or other areas of South or Central Florida.