People: Gale G. Evans, Partner

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Gale G. Evans

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-6716
Fax: (404) 892-7056
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Ms. Evans is a partner in the Real Estate Group.  She advises clients in varied industries, including companies involved in the global supply chain, retail, office properties, and restaurants, in connection with acquisitions, single-tenant and multi-tenant leasing of industrial, retail and office properties, build-to-suit leases, development agreements and work letters, security for tenant allowances and construction completion, ground leases, sale-leasebacks, guaranties, letters of credit and escrow arrangements for landlord security, exit strategies and lease terminations, and dispositions.  She also advises landlords on issues presented by insolvent or defaulting tenants, tenants in the structuring of leases involving significant landlord build-out or tenant allowance allocations, and subleasing and lease restructuring from both landlord and tenant perspectives.  Ms. Evans also has extensive experience in the representation of national and regional banks and life insurance companies in structuring, due diligence and closing of construction and permanent loans.  For many clients, she serves as outside general counsel, partnering closely with in-house counsel, the business team, brokers, and project management to insure the project is done on time, within the parameters of the business team’s expectations, and on budget.  Her pragmatic approach marries traditional methods of partnering with the client with the use of Seyfarth’s cutting-edge client service technologies to maximize efficiency, reduce cycle time, and manage budgets. 

With over 20 years of experience in assisting all types of clients in a broad range of real estate transactions, through every phase of growth and during times of economic downturn as well as economic prosperity, she brings a unique business-oriented viewpoint that analyzes the client’s goals and works to manage legal and business risks to the client.  Having experienced the impacts of the recession, she remains keenly aware of potential risks and the necessity of ensuring proper transaction structuring and security to protect the client’s interests.

Ms. Evans is a partner in the Real Estate Group.  She advises clients in varied industries, including companies involved in the global supply chain, retail, office properties, and restaurants, in connection with acquisitions, single-tenant and multi-tenant leasing of industrial, retail and office properties, build-to-suit leases, development agreements and work letters, security for tenant allowances and construction completion, ground leases, sale-leasebacks, guaranties, letters of credit and escrow arrangements for landlord security, exit strategies and lease terminations, and dispositions.  She also advises landlords on issues presented by insolvent or defaulting tenants, tenants in the structuring of leases involving significant landlord build-out or tenant allowance allocations, and subleasing and lease restructuring from both landlord and tenant perspectives.  Ms. Evans also has extensive experience in the representation of national and regional banks and life insurance companies in structuring, due diligence and closing of construction and permanent loans.  For many clients, she serves as outside general counsel, partnering closely with in-house counsel, the business team, brokers, and project management to insure the project is done on time, within the parameters of the business team’s expectations, and on budget.  Her pragmatic approach marries traditional methods of partnering with the client with the use of Seyfarth’s cutting-edge client service technologies to maximize efficiency, reduce cycle time, and manage budgets. 

With over 20 years of experience in assisting all types of clients in a broad range of real estate transactions, through every phase of growth and during times of economic downturn as well as economic prosperity, she brings a unique business-oriented viewpoint that analyzes the client’s goals and works to manage legal and business risks to the client.  Having experienced the impacts of the recession, she remains keenly aware of potential risks and the necessity of ensuring proper transaction structuring and security to protect the client’s interests.

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law (1982)
  • B.A., Emory University (1979)
    cum laude

Admissions

  • Georgia

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia - Real Estate Section
  • Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Urban Land Institute
  • NAIOP
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
  • U.S. Green Building Council - Georgia Chapter

Representative Engagements

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in the negotiation of warehouse/distribution center leases involving a combined total of 3,000,000 square feet.
  • Represented national insurance companies in negotiation of office leases in their multi-building office parks.
  • Has represented a Fortune 500 company for over 15 years in acquisition, leasing, subleasing and disposition of its industrial, warehouse and office properties.
  • Represented an international clothing boutique in connection with its store leases.
  • Represented the franchisee of a national restaurant chain in connection with its leases.
  • Represent a regional developer of industrial properties in leases to Fortune 500 tenants.
  • Assisted a Fortune 500 company in its wind-up and exit from over 20 sale-leaseback facilities.
  • Counseled an international technology provider in its lease of unique office spaces in California and New York.
  • Represented a large national corporation in the ground lease of a restaurant facility to an international franchisee.
  • Assist numerous mid-market companies in the acquisition and disposition of their facilities.

Presentations

  • "Lease Build Out Issues and Requirements," Lorman Education Services Webinar (July 24, 2019)
  • “VRBO, Airbnb and Other Short-Term Rentals”, National Business Institute, December 2017.
  • “Legal and Practical Issues of Easements in Georgia - Conservation Easements. Addressing Lender Concerns with Regard to Easements”, Lorman Education Services, June 2014.
  • “Drafting and Negotiating Letters of Intent”, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., May 2014.
  • “Implications of Foreclosure”, Georgia Chapter of CCIM, April 2010.
  • “Drafting Commercial Real Estate Leases; The Ins and Outs of Protecting Your Interests”, National Business Institute, September 2009.
  • “Winning Ways: How Lease Trends and Terms are Shaping Up at Today’s Negotiation Table”, Atlanta Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, 2004. 
  • Served as a moderator for the Bisnow 2014 Atlanta Restaurant Development Summit

Publications

  • “Advice on Avoiding Misunderstandings in Premises Measurement,” Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (December 2003)