Focused on providing practical, value-driven advice to clients, Melissa Vandewater has substantial experience advising developers, investors, owners, tenants, and lenders in a wide variety of complex commercial real estate transactions. Clients turn to Melissa to navigate complex legal documents with a business-oriented approach, and Melissa prides herself on focusing on what matters to clients, keeping the deal on track, and pursuing the clients’ objectives.
Melissa negotiates and closes the acquisition, disposition, and financing of office buildings, warehouse and industrial buildings, multifamily projects, regional shopping centers, and mixed-use buildings throughout the United States. Melissa also advises partners in real estate joint venture agreements.
Additionally, Melissa represents landlords and tenants in connection with industrial, office, and retail leases. She is a frequent speaker on lease-related topics and has held leadership positions on various committees of the American Bar Association’s Real Property Leasing Group.
In the area of real estate finance, Melissa serves as counsel to national and local banks in acquisition, construction, syndicated, bridge, permanent, and participated commercial loan transactions. She is also experienced in guiding financial institutions through loan modifications, workouts, and REO dispositions.