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Nathaniel A. Hoffman


555 East Wells Street
Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5634

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Nathaniel Hoffman is an attorney in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. where he has been a member of the Real Estate Practice Group since 2005. Mr. Hoffman focuses his practice in all aspects of real estate transactions and both sides of the transactions including: space, building and ground leases for commercial, industrial and offices uses; purchase and sale of commercial, residential and industrial property; management contracts; easements, licenses, zoning and other land use controls; contracts with architects, contractors, and other land development matters. He previously practiced for 20 years at another large law firm in Milwaukee, and before that he served as special counsel for urban redevelopment for numerous cities in California and as counsel to the New York Public Development Corporation.


  • University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1975
  • Yale University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1971; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Wisconsin
  • California

Awards & Distinctions

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Real Estate Law (2011-2016)
  • Ranked in Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Real Estate (2008-2015)

Representative Work

  • Drafting and negotiating more than 1,000 leases and lease amendments with a wide variety of different tenants on behalf of a national pension fund with a large portfolio of office, industrial and retail buildings in the Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Minneapolis metropolitan areas. Additional services included review of and negotiation of consents to tenants’ requests for subleases and assignments and handling lease defaults and bankruptcies.
  • Representing a landlord in the lease of 365,000 square feet of a suburban office tower for the tenant’s national headquarters and numerous amendments to expand the leased premises and eventually to reduce the leased premises leading to the early termination of the lease.
  • Representing a co-owner of a shopping center in a workout with its lender, obtaining new financing with a life insurance company, and purchasing the interest of the other co-owner of the property.
  • Negotiating on behalf of a not-for-profit entity for the restructuring of an existing building lease with the county and sublease to an art museum.
  • Drafting and negotiating license agreements and leases of aircraft and airport hangers, restaurants, farms, laundry room, boats and boat ships, parking spaces and structures, storage rooms and facilities, mobile homes and mobile home parks.
  • Representing a sailing club in the lease of land for construction of a new clubhouse and sublease of a portion of the facility back to the ground lessor.
  • Drafting and negotiating time-share commercial leases.
  • Assisting clients in obtaining financing for the purchase and development of projects and for the workout and renewal of existing loans.
  • Assisting corporate co-counsel in the purchase of a mineral quarrying and processing business with numerous quarries and processing plants in and around Wisconsin.
  • Representing a landlord in leasing space for a children's playland and day care operation, assisting in the negotiation of an operating agreement for the client's investment in the tenant's business, filing trademarks for the names of the business and drafting supply contracts for food and arcade equipment.
  • Negotiating on behalf of a tenant client for the simultaneous sublease of industrial property and the purchase of the property from the landlord upon the termination of the sublease, together with a rail spur agreement and an easement for storm water run-off.
  • Providing legal counsel in a sale of three shopping centers owned by three related parties to two separate buyers. Closing involved refinancing of a related parcel and an escrow closing with the title company to facilitate a closing by the buyer in one calendar year and a realization of proceeds by the seller in the next calendar year.
  • Assisting local developers in leasing space to tenants in various retail, office, warehousing and industrial projects in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
  • Representing a national retailer in the review and negotiation of new leases and license agreements as well as extensions of existing leases in major shopping centers in the United States including the Mall of America, The Aladdin Hotel (Las Vegas), Short Hills, N.J. and Woodfield Mall, together with the sale of a surplus office facility in Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • Advising a food store client to achieve optimum benefits in drafting and negotiating the lease of a parcel in a new shopping center to be developed from vacant land where parcels were being sold to Target and The Home Depot. The transaction included the review and negotiation of an Operation and Easement Agreement with the developer and anchors as well as negotiation of a purchase contract for the purchase by the tenant of an outparcel for a fuel service center.
  • Providing legal counsel to a local developer regarding the ground lease of a lot in the Milwaukee County Research Park, and then restructuring the transaction as a sale and negotiating use restrictions and easements for public activity paths.
  • Working with corporate co-counsel in a stock sale by a real estate investment entity owning 11 industrial and office properties in southeastern Wisconsin including typical due diligence issues of a real estate transaction and liability for continuing obligations under a management contract.
  • Advising property owners in connection with agreements with telecommunication providers.
  • Assisting a local quasi-governmental authority in license agreements with users of its facilities, long-term leases with space tenants and a contract with the food and beverage provider.

Professional Associations

Community Involvement

  • President, Torah Academy of Milwaukee for Girls

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