Getting into the Zone: New Guidance on Opportunity Zones

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed in late 2017, real estate developers and investors were thrilled to discover that it added new provisions to the Internal Revenue … More»

Apparent Servitudes: When Purchasing Property, Take Note Of What You See

A recent case, Naramore v. Aikman, decided by the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit demonstrates some established but little known principles of Louisiana law that every person … More»

2019 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® Ranks Steeg Law as Metropolitan Tier 1 Real Estate Law Firm

The 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® has ranked Steeg Law Firm as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Law Firm in New Orleans for Real Estate … More»

In the News: Robert Steeg, Chair of City Planning Commission

In his capacity as Chair of the New Orleans City Planning Commission, managing partner, Robert Steeg, has been quoted in several articles by The Times-Picayune, Gambit and The Lens, regarding … More»

2018 Louisiana Legislative Update

The 2018 Louisiana Legislative Session convened on March 4, 2018 and closed on June 24, 2018 with the adjournment of the Third Extraordinary Session. During the Regular Session and the … More»

Belts and Suspenders for Landlords, but the Tenant Can Still Cause the Pants to Fall

In a recent case decided by the Louisiana Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, a landlord put into its lease all of … More»

Robert M. Steeg Quoted in a New Orleans Advocate Article on a Stalled Condo Project

Managing Partner, Robert M. Steeg, was quoted in The New Orleans Advocate in the article, “Lake Vista condo project in New Orleans, once seen as a boon for neighbors, stalls … More»

Two Websites Where You Can Access Real Estate Data

By Robert Steeg   I recently ran across an article in Forbes, “Urban America Just Got A Trove Of New Real Estate Data,” that may be of interest to homebuilders, … More»

New Orleans CityBusiness Publishes Robert Steeg’s Article on Hurricane Preparedness for Commercial Real Estate Agreements

Managing partner, Robert M. Steeg, recently had an article, “Hurricane Preparedness for Commercial Real Estate Agreements,” published in New Orleans CityBusiness. As he covers in his piece, hurricane season begins … More»

Case Alert: A Recent Decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court Will Interest Owners of Low Income Housing Developments

By Lillian E. Eyrich Williams v. Opportunity Homes, L.P.* is a recent decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that will be of interest to people who own low-income housing developments, … More»

Pssst! Wanna See the Future of Real Estate? Here’s a Peek…

By Robert M. Steeg I just returned from the 2018 Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute at Georgetown Law School. This two-day intensive seminar is an invitation-only program for 140 attorneys from … More»

Small Case, Important Principles For Written Agreements

A relatively small case, recently decided by the Louisiana state Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit illustrates two important principles: First, a court will often find a way to … More»

Report on “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2018”

By Robert Steeg I recently attended the “9th Annual What’s Really Going On & Emerging Trends in Real Estate”  conference sponsored by PWC and the Urban Land Institute. PWC annually conducts … More»

Historic Tax Credits: The Benefits, Process and Economic Impact

To a real estate developer, Federal Historic Tax Credits (HTC) are analogous to the exceptional bread Casamento’s or Domilise’s uses for their oyster po-boys and roast beef sandwiches. It is … More»

Robert M. Steeg, Charles L. Stern, Jr. Included in Super Lawyers 2018; Ryan M. McCabe Selected for Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Managing Partner, Robert M. Steeg, and Partner, Charles L. Stern, Jr., have been included in the 2018 edition of Super Lawyers. Mr. Steeg was included under Real Estate and has … More»

The Measure of Compensable Loss Under a Standard Title Insurance Policy

By Charles L. Stern, Jr. Title insurance is ubiquitous in the American real estate market. Lenders generally require mortgagee’s title insurance as a condition before closing on a loan secured … More»

Commercial Real Estate Lessons from Near Miss Hurricanes

By Robert Steeg Those of us in southeast Louisiana are well able to empathize and understand what Houston is going through after Hurricane Harvey. Our own near miss with Hurricane … More»

The Continuous Re-Invention of Retail Real Estate

By Robert M. Steeg Every week, we are bombarded with stories about the death – or at least the deterioration and restriction – of retail real estate. Shoppers are staying … More»

In a Purchase Agreement, Words Matter—A Lot

By Robert M. Steeg When your attorney is poring over every word of a purchase agreement that you are about to enter into, and you are getting frustrated with the … More»

The Current State of License Fees for Air Rights in New Orleans

In this article, partner Ryan M. McCabe breaks down the current state of license fees for air rights in New Orleans. In many of New Orleans’ oldest (and densest) neighborhoods—particularly … More»

Charles Stern to Participate in “Title Insurance: What Lies Ahead” Webinar: Register Now

Partner Charles L. Stern, Jr. will be participating in a live CLE/CPE Webinar, “Title Insurance: What Lies Ahead in 2017 and Beyond,” on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 3:00 pm … More»

Orleans Title Insurance Agency Receives Silver for Best Title Company in New Orleans CityBusiness’ 2017 Reader Rankings

Steeg Law is pleased to announce that Orleans Title Insurance Agency, L.L.C. (Orleans Title), our in-house title insurance agency for commercial and residential closings, received Silver (third-place) in the “Best … More»

The Short-Term Rental Saga in New Orleans Continues to Unfold

By Ryan M. McCabe As I wrote back in February, the New Orleans City Council approved a new and comprehensive set of short-term rental regulations back in October 2016. Those new … More»

The Difficult Matter of Batture in Residential and Commercial Land Titles

By David Martinez One of the many benefits of owning land in the State of Louisiana, both for residential and commercial purposes, is the proximity to major rivers and their … More»

Robert Steeg Reports on Timely Issues in Commercial Leasing Today

Managing partner Robert Steeg recently attended the invitation-only Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute (ACLI) at Georgetown Law School. The annual ACLI program, which was held April 19-21, 2017, brings together 150 … More»

Robert Steeg in the News: City Planning Commission Takes No Action on Ferry Terminal

In his capacity as Chair of the New Orleans City Planning Commission, managing partner, Robert Steeg, was recently quoted in articles by the New Orleans Times-Picayune/NOLA.com and The New Orleans … More»

Some Tips on Section 1031 Exchanges

By Robert Steeg Many property owners are generally familiar with the idea of deferring the taxable gain on the sale of real estate by applying the proceeds of the sale … More»

Steeg Law Handles Condominium Conversion for 731 St. Charles

Steeg Law is pleased to announce that the firm is handling the condominium conversion for the new 731 St. Charles Condominiums. The project, which is currently under construction, is located … More»

From Single-Family Homes to Condos, the Regulations for Short-Term Rentals in New Orleans

By Ryan M. McCabe Lately, short-term rentals have been a hot-button issue not just in New Orleans, but worldwide. Recently, the government of Singapore ruled that short-term rentals of less … More»

Highlights of the Annual Economic and Real Estate Forecast Symposium

The 6th Annual Economic & Real Estate Forecast Symposium sponsored by New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS (NOMAR), the Commercial Investment Division (CID) of NOMAR, and the Louisiana Chapter of … More»

Who’s Really in Charge Here? Making Sure Your LLC Has the Proper Management Structure

By Zak Rosenberg Over the past few years, we’ve seen the following scenario play out with more and more frequency. You and several business associates want to create an LLC. … More»

Case Alert: Can You Sue (Or Be Sued By) Someone You Didn’t Have a Direct Contract With?

By Robert M. Steeg When a business transaction goes bad, can the person who has suffered a loss sue other persons involved in the transaction even though the injured person … More»

Property Owners, Managers and Landlords: Are You Exposed to Premises Liability for Third-Party Acts?

By Robert Steeg The following article “Are Your Clients Exposed to Premises Liability for Third-Party Criminal Acts? A Top-10 List to Reduce Risks” by Norman W. Gutmacher appeared in Probate & Property … More»

New Laws That Affect Your Business: 2016 Louisiana Legislative Update

The 2016 Louisiana Legislative Session, which began on March 14, 2016 and closed on June 6, 2016, resulted in the House filing 1,167 bills and the Senate filing 477. We … More»

Louisiana Dominates the Southeast in Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Projects

By Robert M. Steeg If you are tired of hearing about how Louisiana ranks at or near the bottom of various categories of social and financial programs, you will be … More»

Demystifying Tax Sales for Investors

By Robert M. Steeg For investors, depending upon your point of view, tax sales are a) a cheap way to acquire good real estate, b) a good way to get … More»

Ryan M. McCabe Quoted in New Orleans Times-Picayune article on Washitah Nation Squatting Case

In a city known for complex real estate disputes, the crazy Washitah squatting case in the Bywater stands out. As reported on Thursday, March 3 in the New Orleans Times-Picayune … More»

Landlords: Making Special Allowances for Tenants May Affect Your Right to Evict

Especially in cases where a relationship has developed between the landlord and tenant over a number of years, landlords often make allowances when it comes to accepting late payment of … More»

Steeg Law and Orleans Title Insurance Agency Have Been Certified for ALTA Best Practices

Steeg Law Firm, LLC and its affiliated title insurance agency, Orleans Title Insurance Agency, LLC (OTIA), are proud to announce that we have been certified to be using the American … More»

“What’s REALly Going On” in New Orleans Real Estate

Associate Zachary I. Rosenberg, an Associate with the transactional department, recently attended the Urban Land Institute’s 7th Annual “What’s ‘REAL’ly Going On” Conference at Purloo Restaurant in Central City, New … More»

Steeg Law Ranked a 2016 New Orleans “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® has ranked Steeg Law Firm as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Law Firm in New Orleans Real Estate Law … More»

Real Estate Markets and the Recovery: 10 Years Later and Beyond

Associate Zachary Rosenberg recently attended the 5th Annual Economic & Real Estate Forecast Symposium sponsored by Commercial Investment Division (CID), New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors (NOMAR), and the Louisiana … More»

New Orleans Condo Market Provides Opportunities for Sellers and Developers

As reported in NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune article, “Will more real estate developers pick condos in New Orleans?” (see below), New Orleans is experiencing a boom in the condominium market … More»

Case Alert: A Shift in the Law May Have Significant Consequence for the Development of Property

By David Martinez In this article Senior Associate David A. Martinez clarifies a recent case, Boudreaux v. Cummings, which may signal a meaningful shift and restriction on the ability of … More»

Reflections on the 10-year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

By Robert M. Steeg As a firm devoted exclusively to real estate and business law, our work is intricately tied to the direction and future of New Orleans. When New … More»

New Laws That Impact Your Business: 2015 Louisiana Legislative Update

By Elise Henry The 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session, which began on April 13, 2015 and closed on June 11, 2015, resulted in the House filing 847 bills and the Senate … More»

Steeg Law Recent Transactions: Helping Our Clients Make Business Happen

Recent transactions Steeg Law attorneys have handled. How can we help you make business happen? Obtained summary judgment in favor of owner of large tract of land in Plaquemines Parish … More»

Corporate Realty Publishes Third Annual Greater New Orleans Office Market Report

Corporate Realty, Inc. has just published their third annual Greater New Orleans Office Market Report, which lists basic occupancy and rental rate information for every non-medical office building greater than … More»

Steeg Law Sponsors New Orleans Commercial Real Estate Women

Steeg Law has signed on to be a sponsor of New Orleans Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) for 2015, a continuation of sponsorship that the firm has provided for the … More»

Recent Transactions: Helping Our Clients Make Business Happen

Recent transactions Steeg Law attorneys have handled. How can we help you make business happen? Served as local counsel for the buyer of an apartment complex in New Orleans Acted … More»

Important Changes to Louisiana’s Business Corporation Law Are Now In Effect

By Ryan McCabe In this article, Ryan M. McCabe, an associate in the commercial and business litigation practice, provides an overview of Act 328, the overhaul of the Louisiana Business … More»

Economic Innovation in the “New” New Orleans: Stronger Than Ever

As reported in a recent article, “Economic Development in the “New” New Orleans,” posted on Area Development Site and Facility Planning online magazine, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina the economy … More»

Community-oriented Real Estate Development: A Complex But Growing Niche

The following article from NOLA.com, Times-Picayune, “How ReFresh Project, a post-Katrina milestone, built a healthy food hub, including Whole Foods,” highlights the complex but growing niche of community-oriented real estate … More»

Steeg Law Ranked 2015 New Orleans “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

The 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has ranked Steeg Law Firm as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Law Firm in New Orleans Real Estate Law, … More»

Steeg Law Recent Transactions: Helping Our Clients Make Business Happen

Recent transactions Steeg Law attorneys have handled. How can we help you make business happen? Obtained summary judgment confirming client’s ownership of large tract of land in Plaquemines Parish against … More»

New Title Endorsements – Because One Size Does Not Fit All

By Lillian E. Eyrich Title insurance is a standard requirement in most real estate transactions and the importance to both lenders and property owners of properly underwritten title insurance is … More»

Steeg Law Recent Transactions: Helping Our Clients Make Business Happen

Recent transactions Steeg Law attorneys have handled. How can we help you make business happen? Represented major national bank in escrow dispute in connection with sale of assets of a … More»

Robert Steeg Weighs in on ULI Green Space Recommendations for Downtown Development District

The Downtown Development District (DDD) recently asked for input on green space from the Urban Land Institute Louisiana (ULI). In response, ULI met for two days in May to study … More»

Recent Transactions: Helping Our Clients Make Business Happen

Recent transactions Steeg Law attorneys have handled. How can we help you make business happen? Represented borrower in refinance of existing $18,000,000 loan secured by industrial facilities in Arizona and … More»

Condo Association Guide to Managing Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for Assistance Animals

Condominium associations often implement rules which prohibit pets on the condominium property or limit the number, size or breed of pets permitted on the property. What many condo associations may … More»

How to Police Utility Use When Your HOA is Paying the Bill

Partner Randy Opotowsky, who has represented developers of a number of the major condominium projects in the New Orleans area, was recently interviewed for a series of articles by HOALeader.com, … More»

New Orleans “Food Deserts” Present Development Opportunities and Financing Options

By Robert M. Steeg Some developers are taking advantage of a unique opportunity in New Orleans to develop fresh-food retailers in “food deserts,” areas that have little or no options … More»

Recent Transactions: Helping Our Clients Make Business Happen

Recent transactions Steeg Law attorneys have handled. How can we help you make business happen? Successfully obtained dismissal of lawsuit against client in case seeking dissolution of entity holding title … More»

Robert M. Steeg and Charles L. Stern, Jr. Included in Super Lawyers 2014

Managing Partner, Robert M. Steeg, and Partner, Charles L. Stern, Jr., have been included in the 2014 edition of Super Lawyers. Mr. Steeg was included under Real Estate and has received … More»

What Are the Limits on Employing Your HOA’s Reserve Funds?

Partner Randy Opotowsky, who has represented developers of a number of the major condominium projects in the New Orleans area, was recently interviewed for a series of articles by HOALeader.com, … More»

The Top Seven Reasons an HOA Gets Sued

Partner Randy Opotowsky, who has represented developers of a number of the major condominium projects in the New Orleans area, was recently interviewed for a series of articles by HOALeader.com, … More»

Historic and New Markets Tax Credits – The Basics

By Robert Steeg With an abundance of historic properties throughout the city and dilapidated properties and parcels of land in low-income neighborhoods ripe for rehabilitation, many developers in New Orleans … More»

Developers and Access Servitude: Mean What You Say, Say What You Mean

Senior Associate David A. Martinez clarifies a recent case, Melkys Hernandez Santos and Arturo Santos v. Barataria Park, LLC and the Parish of Jefferson, which highlights why the creation of … More»

Financing with Interest Rate Swap Agreements

By Lillian Eyrich Interest rate swap agreements are becoming more popular with lenders and borrowers. They are valuable to borrowers who want to make sure their interest rates do not … More»

Robert M. Steeg Interviewed for article, “Tips to Negotiate a Favorable Lease for Your Business”

Managing Partner, Robert M. Steeg, was recently interviewed for an article, “Tips to Negotiate a Favorable Lease for Your Business, that was published on LowesForPros,” Lowes’ website that provides the … More»

Property Owners, Insurance Companies and “Bad Faith”

This article explains why understanding Louisiana’s laws governing “bad faith” in property and title insurance policies is important to property owners and insurance companies alike. Why Understanding “Bad Faith” in Property … More»

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Condo Associations, Unit Owners and their Insurers

By Randy Opotowsky, Partner Hurricane Isaac rained down on the Greater New Orleans area almost seven years to the day of Hurricane Katrina. Will there now be another tidal wave … More»

Unanimous Consent of All Unit Owners Required to Re-designate Common Elements

In Louisiana, a recent case highlights the unique challenges in operating condominium regimes, which often require participation and cooperation from the individual unit owners. Cusimano v. Port Esplanade Condominium Ass’n., … More»

The Unexpected Consequences of Memorandum of Lease for Landlords and Tenants

By Robert M. Steeg According to Managing Partner, Robert M. Steeg, whether you are a landlord or a tenant, the recordation of a Memorandum of Lease has very significant consequences … More»

Collection Tools for Condominium Homeowners Associations

By Randy Opotowsky Partner, Randy Opotowsky, a highly experienced commercial and residential real estate attorney, who has represented developers of a number of the major condominium projects in the New Orleans … More»

Two Federal Court Decisions Affect Property Owner Rights

New Court Ruling Alert: For Commercial and Residential Property Owners, Two Federal Property Insurance Cases Worth Attention By Charles L. Stern, Jr. In the aftermath of the 2005 hurricanes, Katrina … More»

Tenants and Bankruptcy – Steps a Commercial Landlord Should Take

With Tenants Increasingly Filing for Bankruptcy, There are Steps a Commercial Landlord Can and Should Take Under the current economic conditions, commercial landlords are finding with increasing regularity that tenants … More»

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