Amelia Elze

Amelia E. Elze

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Top Lawyer 2020 - Northern Virginia Magazine

Amelia E. Elze, Esq.

Amelia’s practice focuses on commercial leasing and the purchase and sale of commercial properties nationwide. With over a decade of experience in the commercial real estate arena as both in-house and outside counsel, Amelia has a sophisticated understanding of the myriad of issues that arise in connection with the acquisition, operation, and disposition of commercial properties.

As in-house counsel for a pre-eminent mid-size regional developer, Amelia handled the initial lease up and addressed ongoing legal needs for a number of complicated mixed-use projects, managed outside counsel in connection with litigation matters and worked closely with the property management team to address day-to-day operational issues. In her role as General Counsel and Director of Real Estate for a Northeast restaurant chain, she was involved with site selection, leasing, acquisitions and day-to-day operational issues. In both instances, Amelia “lived” with her deals long after they were signed. This experience has afforded Amelia a unique perspective that helps her cut to the chase and to efficiently and effectively bring even the most complicated deals to a successful close.

Amelia has also handled the purchase and sale of numerous shopping centers, office buildings, industrial properties and stand-alone NNN properties. In connection therewith, she has put together joint ventures, private placements, and cured complicated title issues.

  • Case Abstracts, 2007 Annual Survey of Letter of Credit and Practice
  • Case Abstracts, Documentary Credit World, October 2006, January 2007 and October 2007
  • Coronavirus: Force Majeure, Landlord Duties, and Other Lessons Learned Nearly Three Years Late; Commercial Real Estate Leasing: 2022 Year in Review and Look Ahead to 2023 (NBI, Inc.)
  • Your Excitement Knows No Bounds – Until It Reads Your Radius Restriction, 2022 ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference
  • Snap, Crackle and Pop-Up: Serial Issues Related to Pop Up Leasing, 2021 ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference
  • Tenant’s Personal Property: Who Really Wants It? Navigating the Rights of Landlord, Tenant’s Lender, and Tenant’s Franchisor, 2020 ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference
  • Small Shop Solutions: Lease Issues Unique to Small Shop Retail Space, 2016 ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference
  • When Does the Train Leave the Station? Getting to Rent Commencement, 2015 ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference
  • Items to Consider in Percentage Rent Only Deals, 2014 ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference
  • Solely responsible for all ground up leasing of a pre-eminent 1,000,000 square foot mixed-use development, including retail, restaurant, office, and hotel uses
  • Successful negotiation of a ground lease for a minor league baseball stadium on behalf of a landlord client
  • Negotiated several grocery anchor leases, including one anchoring a redevelopment of an old strip center into a residential and retail mixed use center
  • Represented institutional and private landlords in connection with a multitude of anchor and junior anchor leases, including with Target, Lowe’s, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Ross, Giant, Lidl, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Big Lots, Petco, PetsMart, and Alamo Theaters as well as with well known national tenants such as Starbucks, Chipotle, Mod Pizza, Verizon, Walgreens and Rite Aid
  • Created form lease for a national landlord for use in multiple shopping centers across the country
  • Represented a private landlord in the acquisition of multiple sites and subsequent ground leases for a national medical tenant
  • Handled the sale of $20M apartment complex, including curing title defects that would have otherwise prevented the sale from closing
  • Represented the landlord in connection with a 45,000 sf office lease with a first floor retail component
  • Represented a private landlord in acquiring NNN properties across the United States
  • Created a variety of forms for use in complicated mixed-use projects, including marina slip licenses, trademark license agreements, solar leases, electric car charging station agreements and muzak agreements
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • District of Columbia