A renowned expert in property and business legal issues with a loyal following and shelves brimming with awards, there are no half-measures in Bruce Burkholder’s approach. He’s an all-in, passionate kind of guy with a rare combination of diplomacy and honesty.
Bruce focuses intensely on relationships and problem solving. To make deals happen, he turns his joyful intensity toward the removal of roadblocks and complications. Bruce has a gift for seeing the simplest path to a solution – even in the most complicated of situations. His long career has yielded two sub-specialties: real estate land development and homebuilding, and restaurant & hospitality. Characteristically, Bruce has developed deep ties in the trade associations and key local players that permeate those industries. He has a unique depth of experience in land development, entitlements, governmental approvals, development agreements with municipalities, townships and counties, and acquisition, construction and development financing, operating and development entities, development standards, HOA's, permanent loans and take out financing, in addition to DUS, FNMA and FHLMC financings, tax credits, sale agreements, and real estate tax valuation contests and strategies for avoidances of tax valuation increases.
Bruce has also spent considerable time assisting the restaurant and hospitality community particularly with respect to developing brands, dealing with expansion issues, including protecting trademark and trade dress, franchising, licensing, leasing including minimizing percentage rent, maximizing tenant improvement allowances and capping cam expenses, employment issues and wage and hour matters, buy sell agreements with key employees, equity raises including PPM's and credit facilities, and sale of businesses including private equity, family office and strategic buyers. Bruce is Chair of the Real Estate practice group at Isaac Wiles.
Finding Hidden OpportunityBurkholder became aware of the availability of undeveloped/unzoned property and confirmed the same was in a desirable school district (although most would not have recognized the same based on its ancillary location to the school district), advised client of possible opportunity and assisted client in obtaining a purchase contract for the same. Thereafter, Burkholder worked with client on the rezoning of the property and assisted in obtaining utility service to the property including sanitary sewer from municipal provider (requiring a significant extension of the line with cooperation from and at the expense of the municipal provider) and preliminary and final development plan approval. The project culminated with Burkholder introducing the client to various potential purchasers that desired to develop the property into its intended use as a single-family residential development, and completing the assignment of the purchase contract to the developer. Burkholder and the real estate lawyers at Isaac Wiles take pride in working with existing clients and providing both advice and opportunities outside of the traditional legal relationship.