Retail & Shopping Centers

Our real estate and shopping center team brings together attorneys across practices to assist retailers, developers, tenants, owners, landlords and lenders. Our retail clients benefit from decades of experience in leasing, acquisitions, business law, employment, commercial and real estate litigation, and bankruptcy.

Industry Experience

Our attorneys are active in and frequently invited to speak at the:

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Real Estate Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Urban Land Institute

Our attorneys are able to assist in a range of matters affecting the retail industry including:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business law, including intellectual property and trademarks
  • Corporate real estate
  • Environmental
  • Employment
  • Leasing
  • Litigation (including real estate and business litigation)
  • Real estate development
  • Successful negotiation of literally hundreds of ground leases, build-to-suit leases, pad ground leases and space leases for the development and operation of anchor and junior anchor tenants
  • Due diligence for acquisitions of companies or portfolios of real estate ranging from a dozen locations to over 500 locations
  • Advice and representation for entitlements for hundreds of shopping centers under zoning, highway access, sewage, environmental impact analysis, greenhouse gas impact analysis, traffic impact analysis and the like
  • Multi-party negotiation of reciprocal easement agreements in connection with the development of shopping centers
  • Successful litigation of issues related to tenancy or enforcement of rights under leases, easements or other agreements related to shopping center development

Our retail practice reaches every player in the retail industry, including:

  • Anchor tenants in the supermarket and home improvement industries
  • Junior anchors in the pet supply industry
  • Large REIT’s which own and manage shopping centers
  • Family enterprises which develop, own and manage shopping centers
  • Developers who work either alone or in joint venture arrangements to develop, own and manage shopping centers and retail
  • Property managers with extensive expertise in management of shopping centers
  • Lenders who finance shopping center development with construction and permanent loans

Commercial Leases and Frustration of Purpose, Impossibility Defenses: Strategies for Landlords and Tenants

By Sherin and Lodgen on April 23, 2021
commercial lease paper on desk with pen, glasses, and cash
Joshua M. Bowman, chair of the firm's Hospitality Practice Group, served as a panelist at Strafford Publication's April 15th webinar,...

Mass. Court Grants Rent Relief to Restaurant Tenant Shut Down by COVID-19 Orders

By on February 18, 2021
Sign on a shop window that reads "Closed Coronavirus"
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many retail tenants have been affected by governmental orders prohibiting or limiting their business operations. Tenants...

Sherin and Lodgen attorneys serve as editors and contributing authors for the MCLE Manual on “Lease Drafting in Massachusetts”

By Sherin and Lodgen on October 26, 2020
person choosing "leasing" button
Seven Sherin and Lodgen attorneys contributed to the update of the fourth edition of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)...

Main Street Lending Program – Major Changes and Proposed Program for Nonprofit Borrowers

By Joseph Y. Wang on June 17, 2020
On Monday, June 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve opened the Main Street Lending Program (the “MSLP”), which is designed to...

The Evolution of the Health Club as a Tenant in Retail and Mixed-Use Developments; Pros and Cons

By Gary D. Buchman on October 17, 2018
Exercising equipment arranged at the gym
A health club used to be an unwelcome tenant in any retail shopping center.  The traditional thinking was that health...