Real Estate & Land Use Law at Dickinson Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa
Real Estate & Land Use

Real Estate Litigation

representative real estate litigation matters

  • Often provide legal defense services for real estate brokers and agents in courts and in regulatory compliance hearings, and for home builders regarding alleged defective construction and warranty claims.  Also frequently provide legal defense services in lawsuits involving specific performance of purchase agreements. 
  • Regularly assist in obtaining mechanic’s liens and in foreclosing mechanic’s liens for contractors and subcontractors.
  • Assisted in foreclosure of mortgage on partially-completed townhome development project; negotiated agreement for completion of project with local developer.
  • Defended tenant-in-common (“TIC”) defendants in two real estate foreclosure actions against hotel properties.
  • Regularly represent Fannie Mae in large, multi-family dwelling foreclosures.
  • Represented manufacturer in dispute with local municipality regarding the method of assessment used by the municipality to assess improvements to an arterial road adjacent to client’s property.
  • Represented a local bank in a commercial foreclosure matter making novel arguments under the Iowa Code. 
  • Regularly act as Iowa counsel on behalf of government-sponsored enterprise in foreclosure of mortgages covering multi-family properties such as apartment buildings and retirement facilities.
  • Regularly act as Iowa counsel on behalf of a Florida real estate, investment, finance and management company with national presence, to foreclose sizable mortgages covering properties such as shopping malls, mobile home parks, and multi-use developments.
  • Regularly act as Iowa counsel of behalf of a national transporter and distributor of refined petroleum products with regard to alleged violation of easements.
  • Obtained a favorable jury verdict in a matter dealing with easements and an alleged breach of the duty to disclose.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a suit contesting the special assessment imposed by a local municipality for road improvements.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a suit contesting the special assessment imposed by a local municipality for road improvements.
  • Filed suit when a purchaser threatened to back out from a sale of commercial real estate, causing the purchaser to re-think its withdrawal and go through with the sale to our client.
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