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    Property Law Research

    Although property law has remained relatively stable, the scope of the law of property is so broad, and the stakes are often so high, that even minor changes become increasingly significant.

    In addition to considerable expertise in traditional topics of property law, NLRG has acquired and maintained expertise in new developments, such as the impact of changed economic circumstances and time-sharing.  Some of the services in this area include:


    • Evaluation and construction of instruments of conveyance to determine the state of title and the estate held.
    • Assessment of the laws governing real estate brokers, with coverage of brokers' rights to commissions and liability for misrepresentation.

    • Evaluation of the complex situations involving mineral law, including ownership, leasing and royalty rights, and developer liability, with special emphasis on oil, gas, and coal development.


    • Analysis of the effect and applicability of covenants, including assessment of the operation of restrictive covenants affecting use as more general covenants of title.

    • Analysis of various topics in the law of landlord and tenant, including the validity of leases and the rights of all parties involved.
    • Analysis of the various legal issues arising from the sale or conveyance of real property, including rights between vendor, purchaser, and third parties; warranties; statute of frauds; misrepresentation and fraud; damages; and quantity or condition of the property.


    • General research into the law of easements, both public and private, from creation to termination.
    • Consideration of legal title in light of factors which might operate outside of the chain of title, such as government claims and statutes, prescriptive claims, perpetuities, abandonment, damage or waste, and the operation of natural processes.

    • Research into various areas of the law of personal property and its relationship with real property considerations in topics such as abandonment, bailments, conversion, fixtures, and lost articles.


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    Steve friedman

    B.A., University of Virginia, 1980.  J.D., University of Detroit School of Law, 1983.  Member, Michigan, New York, and Virginia Bars.  Prior to joining our firm, Suzanne served as a Law Clerk to The Honorable Stewart A. Newblatt, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, from 1983 to 1985.

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    Alistair Edwards

    B.A., University of Virginia, 1994. J.D., University of Florida Law School, 1998.  Member, Maryland & D.C. Bars.  Admitted, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Prior to joining NLRG, Alistair clerked for a Maryland circuit court judge & worked in the litigation department of a Washington, D.C.-based firm. 

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    dora vivaz

    B.S., University of South Carolina, 1966. M.A., Syracuse University, 1969. J.D., Vermont Law School, Magna Cum Laude, 1989, where Dora was published in the Law Review in both her second and third years. A few areas of public law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Property Law, and Administrative Law.

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    B.A., Denison University, 1982.  M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1984.  J.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1986.  Member, Florida Bar. Former Vice President and Trust Officer with the Wealth Management and Retirement Brokerage Services of Wachovia Bank. Brad managed a book of personal trust, guardianship, and fiduciary investment accounts.

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