Drake works with entities and individuals in transactions involving commercial real property. A substantial portion of his practice is focused on representing both landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations for a wide variety of spaces, including office locations, retail centers, industrial facilities, and solar farms. In addition, Drake represents buyers and sellers in negotiating and closing purchases and sales, including tax-deferred exchanges. He also represents developers and investors in all aspects of the land development process, including obtaining land use and zoningentitlements. He also represents borrowers and lenders in financing transactions. Drake's civil engineering background provides practical assistance to clients throughout real estate transactions. He is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design associate (LEED AP). Drake also focuses a portion of his practice in the area of corporate law working with clients throughout the lifecycle of a business, from entity selection (limited liability companies, corporations, and partnerships) and organizational issues (operating agreements and shareholder agreements), to assisting clients with mergers, acquisitions, and company divestitures.
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