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Real Estate Law

Our real estate attorneys represent a wide variety of clients in all aspects of real estate acquisition and development. From assisting publicly traded companies in the acquisition and development of large industrial properties to assisting residential developers with the subdivision of land, our extensive experience and knowledge can help you meet your all of your real estate needs.

Our real estate attorneys have the experience and expertise to assist with any real estate issues that our clients may face. We routinely represent buyers, sellers and developers in the acquisition, sale and development of real property in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. While our initial representation of a client may often involve the acquisition of a property, our ability to serve our clients does not end at closing. From land use and zoning matters and the negotiation of economic development incentives to the development, leasing or subdivision and eventual sale of the property, our extensive experience in all aspects of real estate management and development allows us to continue to advise and counsel our clients as their needs change. Our focus on client service and building strong client relationships has established our firm as trusted partner for a wide variety of real estate clients.

Our clients include developers, builders, commercial landlords, real estate investment trusts, and individuals in need of assistance with the acquisition, sale, leasing or development of real property. Our experience and expertise allows us to assist our clients with real estate matters large and small. We routinely assist clients with the acquisition and sale of developed and undeveloped properties including residential, commercial and agricultural properties. We also regularly assist residential and commercial developers with the development of the residential subdivisions and commercial centers that serve the Siouxland region. We often advise utility companies and municipalities regarding the acquisition of easements and rights-of-way. We have assisted publicly traded companies with identifying, assembling and acquiring sites for expansion and development. This breadth of experience allows us to anticipate our client’s needs and understand the challenges that you may face so that we can protect your interests and achieve your desired outcomes.

Our team-oriented approach to client service ensures that our real estate attorneys can quickly and efficiently meet our client’s needs. Our real estate attorneys work closely with our business law and litigation colleagues to ensure that all of our client’s legal needs are met as they arise.

Darrell A Jesse

Darrell A. Jesse

Darrell is a South Dakota native and grew up in Madison and Hartford, South Dakota. He completed undergraduate studies in accounting at the University of South Dakota in 1985 and went on to graduate from the University of South Dakota, School of Law in 1988. Darrell joined the firm in 1994 and prior to that, served as Director of Loan Origination/Legal Counsel for the South Dakota Governors Office of Economic Development.

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Jeffrey A Johnson

Jeffrey A. Johnson

Jeffrey A. Johnson was born and raised in Primghar, Iowa. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 1988 from Iowa State University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. In 1991, Jeff earned is Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Jeff is dedicated to his clients and he has a wealth of knowledge to represent both lenders and borrowers regarding the structure, negotiation and drafting of elaborate secured financing transactions.

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Cody M. McCullough

Cody graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa Law School in 1996. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 1993 from the same institution, also graduating with honors and distinction. His practice includes, but is not limited to, real estate, business and corporate law. Cody was an adjunct instructor in the Business Administration Department of Morningside College from 1998-1999.

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Laura D Schmitt

Laura D. Schmitt

Laura is a native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and came to Siouxland as a Morningside College student. After graduating with honors from Morningside in 1989, Laura went on to be named a Sterling Honor graduate at the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1994, where she also served as Editor-in Chief of the South Dakota Law Review. Laura is a shareholder and works primarily out of the firm’s Sioux City office.

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Jeremy B Saint

Jeremy B. Saint

Jeremy Saint is a shareholder in the Firm’s transactional group. Jeremy’s practice focuses primarily on Real Estate Transactions & Development, Contracts, and Commercial Law & Creditor’s Rights in Bankruptcy. He currently licensed to practice law in the State of Iowa in both the state and federal courts.

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Ryan C. Ross

Ryan C. Ross

Ryan was born and raised in Aurora, Nebraska. He is a graduate of Doane College, in Crete, Nebraska (B.S. 1992 with Distinction), and earned his Juris Doctorate from Willamette Law School in Salem, Oregon in 1995. Ryan joined a local Sioux City law firm in 1998, becoming partner in 2002 and thereafter has practiced in the areas of Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning.

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Alex S. Berenstein

Alex S. Berenstein

Alex Berenstein is an attorney in the transactional group at Crary Huff Law Firm and advises on all aspects of real estate, business and corporate law, and estate planning.

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