American Bar Association
Committee on Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions

Committee on Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions

Mission and Purpose

The mission and purpose of this Committee is to provide support and guidance for lawyers who (a) render third party legal opinions in real estate finance transactions and other transactions involving real estate and (b) represent clients that receive such legal opinions. We publish a semi-annual newsletter called "Opinions Matters" and meet at least two times a year, in the spring and the fall, usually by telephone. The Committee, on its own and in conjunction with other committees and groups, prepares reports, presents educational programs, and monitors cases and other developments in order to work toward consistent real estate opinion practice throughout the country.

Subcommittee on Opinions to Federal Agencies  (click [+] for listing)

 Sub Committees

Meetings of the Committee

The Committee meets at least two times a year, in the spring and the fall, with additional meetings as needed. Usually the meetings are telephonic. All Committee members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Committee will hold its Fall 2017 telephonic meeting at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 5, 2017. For call-in information and the topics to be discussed at the meeting, please see the agenda posted below.

The Spring 2018 Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for 4:00p.m. ET on Thursday, April 12, 2018.


The Committee's projects are designed to assist the real estate bar in opinion practice. The Committee is currently undertaking the following projects:
Statement of Opinion Practices (4/7/17)
Core Opinion Principles (4/7/17)
Agenda for September 17, 2015 Meeting
Third-Party Legal Opinion Report including the Legal Opinion Accord (1991)
Legal Opinion Resource Center

LISTSERV Communication

The listserve provides an opportunity for any member of our Committee to ask questions of other Committee members on opinion practice.For example, if you are asked to give a certain opinion that you don't normally include in your opinion letter, or are uncertain as to the appropriate assumptions or qualifications that apply to certain opinions, you can submit your questions, which will be emailed to Committee members who will respond if they have experiences or thoughts to share on the subject. For more information on the listserve, you may also contact Dan Devaney at

In order to send a message to the listserve, send the message as an email to the address below. You must be a member of the Committee to use the listserve.
View listserv archives.


More Resources

Committee CLE, Resources, Opinions, Reports and more.



Devaney, Daniel


Bullock, Christopher
Kelly, Cheryl

Committee Roster  

Modified by Daniel Devaney on December 13, 2017

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