Law Seminars International Presents

A One-Day Advanced Workshop on

Development Agreements, Easements and CCRs

Current Uses and Considerations

December 5, 2007
Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, lenders, owners, managers, brokers, real estate developers and others who are involved in real estate transactions

Why Attend

From master planned communities to high-rise condominiums, strip centers to mixed-use developments, easements and CCRs are the fundamental building blocks of modern urban and suburban development. Our experienced faculty will provide sophisticated, insightful and practical information on drafting instruments related to easements as well as developer agreements and CCRs. Complexities arising with even basic terminology will be discussed in detail, allowing less experienced practitioners to come up to speed quickly. We will address issues associated with mixed-use and condominium developments and projects involving local governments and federal lands and provide examples, emphasizing drafting and problem solving techniques. This program is a "sine qua non" for anyone working in the modern real estate arena. ~~Program Co-Chairs: David A. Barksdale, Esq. and Michael E. Buckley, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~Standards for implementing CCRs and easements ~Litigation of disputes over easements and CCRs ~Developer and government perspectives on development agreements: The legal nuts and bolts ~CCRs for condominium developments ~Making a mixed-use building work ~Title issues and how to handle problems ~Special issues for projects involving federal lands

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Issues Arising from the Similarities and Differences between CCRs and Easements, and Uncertainty over the Best Approach to Take
  How are they different? What are the standards by which they are implemented?
  David A. Barksdale, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP / Las Vegas, NV
  Michael E. Buckley, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jones Vargas / Las Vegas, NV
9:15 am Litigation of Disputes over Easements and CCRs
  The biggest problem areas: Where should we put our attention? Drafting lessons? Best approach for resolving issues of intent with poorly drafted documents
  Barney C. Ales, Esq., Litigation Director
Goold Patterson Ales & Day / Las Vegas, NV
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Developer and Government Perspectives on Development Agreements
  The legal nuts and bolts: essential clauses; concepts that do and do not work well; what's been litigated and lessons from those cases; donations and contributions for school sites, fire stations, etc.; finding workable solutions for everyone involved
  James B. Lewis, Esq., Senior Deputy City Attorney
Office of the City Attorney - Civil Division / Las Vegas, NV
  Edward C. Lubbers, Esq.
The Lubbers Law Group / Las Vegas, NV
  Jim Mace, Esq.
Snell & Wilmer LLP / Las Vegas, NV
11:45 am Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm CCRs for Condominium Developments
  Conversions: Best approaches; common issues and tips for finding the best solution for the project
  Mandy S. Shavinsky, Esq.
Snell & Wilmer LLP / Las Vegas, NV
1:45 pm Lender Issues in Condominium Developments
  Lender due diligence and condominium-specific provisions in loan documents
  Matthew E. Watson, Esq.
Lionel Sawyer & Collins / Las Vegas, NV
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Title Issues in Easements, Development Agreements and CCRs
  Practical tips from a title insurance perspective: How to handle problems and the creative use of title insurance/endorsements to do just that
  Charles T. Cook, Esq.
Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish / Las Vegas, NV
3:30 pm Special Issues for Projects Involving Federal Lands
  Robert W. Solomon, Esq., General Counsel
American Nevada Corporation / Henderson, NV
4:15 pm Making a Mixed-Use Building Work
  Cost-sharing agreements, reciprocal easements and CCRs
  Nancy T. Scull, Esq.
Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP / San Diego, CA
5:00 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $595 with a group rate of $520 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $445. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 6.5 NV CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino at 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas, NV 89109. For reservations call the hotel reservation department at (800) 937-7777. Use Group Code XLAWSI for the special negotiated rate of $57-$67/night and specify that you are attending a Law Seminars International workshop. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis. For other inquiries call the hotel directly at (877) 750-5464.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $605. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

David A. Barksdale, Program Co-Chair, partner with Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP in the Real Estate Department, focuses on real estate development, finance and construction and secured finance. He was general counsel and vice president of Triple Five National Development Corporation, a national real estate development company, as well as general counsel and vice president of Nevada Title Company and senior vice president of its affiliated title insurance underwriter, Westcor Land Title Insurance Company.

Michael E. Buckley, Program Co-Chair, stockholder with Jones Vargas, leads the firm's Business and Real Estate Transactions Practice Group and focuses on commercial and real estate law, including development of high-rise condominiums and master planned communities. He is Chair of the Nevada Commission for Common-Interest Communities and former Chair of the Las Vegas City Planning Commission. He was named by "The Best Lawyers in America" and "Chambers USA" as one of the top real estate law practitioners in Las Vegas.

Barney C. Ales, Litigation Director with Goold Patterson Ales & Day, focuses on real estate, construction, business and commercial litigation. Previously he was an Arbitrator for the Mandatory Arbitration Program for the Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada.

Charles T. Cook, of counsel with Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish, concentrates on real estate, title insurance and escrow issues, as well as business law, commercial transactions and litigation. Previously he was General Counsel for Nevada Title Company and Westcor Land Title Insurance Company and President of the Nevada Land Title Association.

James B. Lewis is Senior Deputy City Attorney with the Office of the City Attorney - Civil Division in Las Vegas.

Edward C. Lubbers, owner of The Lubbers Law Group, focuses on real estate, corporate, estate planning, probate, wills and trusts. He has been on the Board of Directors with NAIOP and KNPR.

Jim Mace, partner with Snell & Wilmer LLP, concentrates on complex real estate development, including mixed use, condominium and condominium hotel projects. He is named in "The Best Lawyers in America", and in "Chambers USA".

Nancy T. Scull, partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, focuses on commercial, industrial, retail and residential developers in all real property transactions, including mixed-use developers. She is named in "The Best Lawyers in America" and in "Southern California Super Lawyers - San Diego" and selected as one of the 500 lawyers in America as "New Stars" for 2006 by Lawdragon.

Mandy S. Shavinsky, partner with Snell & Wilmer LLP, concentrates on real estate development and commercial transactions, specifically high-rise, resort and condominium hotel development. She assists developers with complex mixed-use and resort developments with condominium components.

Robert W. Solomon is General Counsel with the American Nevada Corporation, a real estate developer in master planned communities, office parks, retail centers and mixed-use properties. He is involved with the UNLV Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Festival of Russian Art and Culture.

Matthew E. Watson, shareholder with Lionel Sawyer & Collins, focuses on real estate finance, real estate development, commercial leasing and general transactional law. He is named in Nevada Super Lawyers for real estate law and has an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.