Practice Areas
Banking/Lender Representation

Selzer Gurvitch is the go-to firm for many of the region’s private banks when they want experienced counsel to represent them in documenting new loan transactions or in restructuring and/or enforcing existing loan transactions throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Many such loans are secured by real estate, but also we also advise on commercial loans that enable entrepreneurs to finance businesses and developers to engage in residential and commercial construction and development activities.

Selzer Gurvitch also has developed a particular niche in representing local Credit Unions in loan transactions, as well as in advising them on their corporate structure, lending and banking operations and in regulatory compliance.

The firm also regularly represents a host of non-institutional lenders in private loan transactions that provide mezzanine financing for a variety of real estate and business transactions, as well as investors in such transactions.

Estate Planning/Trust & Estate Administration

Selzer Gurvitch helps individual clients design and structure trusts and estate plans to help preserve assets and wealth while achieving family goals. We have experience drafting wills, trusts for children, generation skipping trusts, family partnerships, charitable trusts, private family foundations, powers of attorney and living wills. The firm also has extensive experience in the administration of trusts and estates, including probating wills in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. In line with the firm’s comprehensive tax focus, our attorneys provide sophisticated tax analysis and planning for trusts, estates and beneficiaries.

Tax Planning

Because every financial decision – personal, as well as business – has tax ramifications, Selzer Gurvitch applies the depth of its attorneys’ tax experience across all areas of the firm’s practice. Many of our attorneys are or have been licensed CPAs and have Masters degrees in Tax law. Thus, when we represent our clients, whether in trust and estate planning or divorce agreements, litigation settlements or the creation, acquisition, operation and disposition of businesses and real estate, we are constantly focused on the tax implications. This comprehensive approach allows us to think strategically and maximize the after-tax earnings of clients and their families. Additionally, the firm handles controversy work and compliance tax matters for businesses, estates and individuals at the federal and state levels, including IRS audits and appeals and representation before the U.S. Tax Court.

Real Estate

One of the firm’s strongholds is our extensive real estate practice. Selzer Gurvitch represents clients in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia in all stages of acquiring, developing, financing, leasing and selling real property, including industrial, office, hotel, retail, multifamily and mixed-use properties. We represent development clients who acquire raw land, take it through the entitlement process with our assistance and construct single family homes, townhomes and condominiums and commercial buildings throughout the DC metropolitan area.

We also have extensive experience representing landlords and tenants in negotiating and preparing commercial leases across the spectrum of property types, including commercial office buildings, shopping centers, retail space, medical offices and warehouses. We regularly appear in landlord/tenant court in disputed matters.

As an integral part of our real estate practice, we represent real estate lending institutions, including community, regional and national banks and credit unions. We work with our lending clients to structure and close their loans, whether asset-based or balance sheet-based transactions and to ensure that their loans are properly documented and secured.

In line with the firm’s comprehensive tax focus, our attorneys provide sophisticated tax analysis and planning for our real estate clients to ensure that deal structures are tax-efficient. Among other tax planning strategies, we design and implement sophisticated Internal Revenue Code §1031 like-kind exchange transactions and LLC, partnership and joint venture structures.

Domestic Relations/Family Law

Selzer Gurvitch handles the full spectrum of family law issues, ranging from premarital, postnuptial and marital settlement agreements and simple uncontested separations and divorces to counseling clients on complex situations, including alimony, custody, visitation and child support matters. When necessary, we handle litigation related to often sophisticated legal and business matters. We routinely are involved in cases that require the valuation and division of business interests, real estate, securities and retirement assets. Selzer Gurvitch has developed longstanding relationships with accountants, business appraisers, brokers and bankers can offer this network of professional advisors to our clients.

In line with the firm’s comprehensive tax focus, our attorneys provide sophisticated tax analysis and planning for our clients in handling their family issues, as well as being able to offer business succession planning, business evaluations and comprehensive estate planning.

We understand the challenges and complexity of family law cases, and our highly experienced attorneys serve as effective advisors and advocates for our clients.

Corporate/Business

What sets Selzer Gurvitch corporate attorneys apart from most lawyers is our entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen. We “get” the opportunities and excitement and, at times, the pressures and stresses, of making decisions that affect you and your business partners, employees and families. We are strategic thinkers and planners and, thus, trusted advisors to our clients.

We apply our business acumen and legal experience to your matters, whether we’re negotiating an acquisition or divestiture deal, structuring and forming your business or investment venture, lining up and arranging for financing, incentivizing, compensating and retaining key executives and employees or handling partnership or shareholder and management disputes. We understand the pace of deals and make ourselves available and accessible to our clients.

We represent private companies and equity groups in structuring their operations and investments. We have extensive experience in crafting sophisticated and creative financial arrangements, including complex tiers of returns and preferred returns, restricted stock, stock options, stock appreciation rights, “phantom stock,” bonus plans, deferred compensation, purchase options, put and call rights and a myriad of other forms.

We handle M&A transactions in every form — taxable and non-taxable sales of assets or stock, mergers, conversions, re-organizations, spinoffs, split-ups and other business combinations. In line with the firm’s comprehensive tax focus, our attorneys provide sophisticated tax analysis and planning to structure deals in the most tax-efficient manner possible. This starts from the earliest stages of negotiating a term sheet and continues through negotiating and preparing deal documents and to making sure your deal closes.

We represent lenders and borrowers in financing transactions, including loans and raising funds for investment or venture capital. In addition, Selzer Gurvitch has developed longstanding relationships with accountants, business appraisers, brokers, bankers and governmental authorities within numerous state and local communities and can offer this network of professional advisors to our clients. Our experienced trusts and estates attorneys develop business succession plans and design trusts and estate plans to meet our clients’ business and personal goals.

Selzer Gurvitch provides effective advice to our business clients in an understandable and timely manner through all stages of the life cycle of a business.

Construction

Selzer Gurvitch advises owners, contractors, subcontractors, developers, engineers, design professionals, architects and consultants on a wide range of construction, engineering, design, and procurement issues arising from project conception through project completion and beyond. With years of experience in construction law and complimentary real estate and finance practices, our attorneys are well-versed in negotiating and drafting construction, engineering, design and procurement contracts with an eye toward effective risk allocation and dispute avoidance from the outset.

Our in-depth knowledge of the construction and real estate industries enables our attorneys to provide practical and cost-effective advice and assistance to our clients in properly asserting or defending disputes and claims under contractual dispute and claims procedures and in favorably resolving such claims and disputes when they arise. We have successfully represented clients in numerous dispute and claims procedures, and in mediation, arbitration and litigation proceedings, involving a broad array of issues, including disputes over quality of performance or substantial completion, project delays, project accelerations, changes to the scope of work, construction defects, design deficiencies, mechanic’s liens, payment and performance bonds and prevailing wage claims.

 

 

Commercial Litigation

Selzer Gurvitch has a comprehensive civil litigation practice throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Our litigation attorneys have extensive experience handling complex matters before judges and juries in state and federal courts and regularly appear in administrative proceedings, arbitrations and mediations. Our attorneys also have substantial appellate experience in the federal and state courts. When needed, we have experience obtaining emergency injunctive relief for clients whose interests are under imminent threat in advance of litigation.

Our commercial litigation practice focuses on business disputes, including ownership disputes (between shareholders, LLC members or partners), transaction disputes, business tort and fraud claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims and breach of contract claims.

We also advocate for clients in real property disputes, ranging from quiet title, adverse possession, establishment of easements, landlord and tenant issues and breach of sales contracts. Selzer Gurvitch frequently litigates issues concerning construction contract disputes for suppliers, general contractors, sub-contractors and consumers. This litigation often includes the filing and perfection of mechanics’ liens.

Our attorneys regularly litigate employment-related matters, including enforcing and defending claims arising from alleged violations of restrictive covenants (non-competition and non-solicitation), confidentiality agreements, wage and hour claims, wrongful termination and other claims for breaches of employment agreements.

We also litigate issues that arise during the administration of estates and trusts, including will contests and disputes concerning the administration of trusts and estates.

Our litigation attorneys are highly-regarded for their knowledge, trial skills, zealous representation and ability to obtain favorable results for our clients. Recognizing that litigation can be expensive and time consuming, we offer our clients practical advice and cost-effective solutions. We are aggressive advocates, both in and out of the courtroom, with one primary focus – to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights

Selzer Gurvitch represents financial institutions, commercial lenders, businesses and entrepreneurs in restructurings, workouts, foreclosure proceedings, dissolutions, bankruptcies, receiverships and assignments for the benefit of creditors. We leverage our experience and knowledge base gained from representing lenders, businesses and their owners in multiple practice areas and work across disciplines to offer and implement value-driven, practical, and integrated approaches for preserving assets, restructuring debt or operations, and maximizing collections or realizations.

Although we strive to avoid litigation where possible, our attorneys have, when necessary, successfully represented creditors, debtors, guarantors and other stakeholders in a wide variety of creditor/debtor controversies, including foreclosures and secured creditor sales, receiverships, injunctions to prevent the dissipation of assets, pre- and post-judgment seizures of assets and confessed judgments. In the bankruptcy arena, we have successfully litigated the rights of creditors, debtors and guarantors in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 proceedings, including motions for relief from stay, to prohibit use of cash collateral, to authorize asset sales under § 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, to establish preferences, as well as motions concerning discharge, dischargeability and plan confirmations.

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