William McCaughan is a partner in the Miami office and is a member of the real estate practice group. With over 35 years of experience, he has handled virtually every aspect of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, leasing, and secured financing. Representative matters include the representation of a joint venture in the acquisition of land and the development of a multi-million dollar office building in downtown Miami. Mr. McCaughan represented a national home builder in the acquisition of farmland for residential development. This matter required the resolution of numerous title defects before the transaction could close, and Mr. McCaughan was able to successfully resolve these title defects. Mr. McCaughan has represented parties in both sides of secured real estate financing, including construction and development loans. Mr. McCaughan has negotiated numerous leases on behalf of both landlords and tenants. Mr. McCaughan also represents clients in real estate litigation disputes as well as general commercial litigation. It is his broad experience in litigating real estate issues which enhances his ability to represent clients in transactional matters. Having litigated matters involving real estate documentation, which has not been properly prepared, he is able to prepare the documentation to avoid litigation by properly addressing the issues in the documentation. Some representative matters include the successful representation of a national restaurant chain in a dispute with the landlord over the renewal rent rate where the lease did not provide for a mechanism to determine fair market rent, together with other issues involving the interpretation of the lease terms. The successful representation of a landlord in a claim by a real estate broker for additional real estate commissions on the renewal of a lease.
Selected representative engagements include:
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. McCaughan was a partner at one of the largest law firms in the United States. He also served as Vice President and General Counsel of McCaughan Mortgage Company (1981-2004).