Residential & Commercial Development

Van Ness Feldman has nearly 50 years’ experience and significant understanding of the complex mix of financial, regulatory, and operational issues facing the residential housing and commercial development industries. We maintain an industry-focused practice providing the full range of capabilities needed to serve sophisticated owners, investors, and developers.

The firm understands that clients require that deals are done effectively and efficiently. No matter what level of industry involvement – national institutional investors, educational and health care institutions, builders, developers, property managers, landlords and tenants — the result is the right combination of business advice and legal focus to complete deals in a way that makes sense for all parties involved. Clients seek out our team to help to simplify and streamline negotiations, due diligence, entitlements, and environmental review to get from site acquisition to sale, operation, and management of finished properties more quickly and less expensively. Our team is uniquely complemented by the skills of in-house land use planners who are able to provide residential and commercial development strategy formulation and project management; feasibility studies and permitting alternatives; long-range planning, code development advocacy; and site plan design.


From low-income and non-profit housing, to market-rate single- and multi-family housing developments, including campus housing, master-planned, fully-contained, and destination/resort communities, our team is exceptionally qualified to represent residential developers of all sizes with the full-range of land use, real estate, planning, development, litigation, and guidance on federal, state, and local requirements and regulations inherent with such projects.


The firm represents both public and private entities in the development of large scale commercial projects, including office parks, data and shopping centers, waterfront mixed use developments, industrial parks, distribution centers, transit-oriented developments, and corporate campuses.