American Bar Association
Ground Leasing Committee

Ground Leasing Committee

Message From The Chair

Welcome to the webpage of the Ground Leasing Committee!

Our Committee was formed to provide a forum for attorneys who are interested in ground leasing of real property. Our projects have included compilation of a bibliography of ground leasing resources, publication of a roster of Committee members listing areas of expertise, and assembling a collection of ground lease clauses contributed by Committee members. We'd like to continue with projects that will be helpful to Committee members and welcome your suggestions.

We're looking for members who have interest, experience or both in the area of Ground Leasing. We have many opportunities for you to expand your expertise in ground leasing. Please join!

Who We Are

We are a strong and growing committee within the Leasing Group of the ABA-RPTE, recognized as leaders in committee activities, new membership and innovative approaches to help dirt lawyers be better lawyers. We would love to have you join us!

Our mission is to provide a forum for committee members to share ideas related to the special features of ground leasing and to assist all other Leasing Group members to understand and deal with ground leases. Many of our committee members come from large and small private firms in the United States and Canada; others come from the developer, tenant, lender, title company, or academic sectors.

"All helping one, and one helping all." Take a look at our Committee Roster on this page.

Join Our Discussion Board! Click the link.

Committee Projects and Conference Calls

Speakers. We are compiling a list of Committee members who are willing to participate as speakers. If you would like to be listed as a resource for speaking before trade groups, industry groups, or professional groups in the area of Ground Leasing, send your name along to us.

Articles. We would like to publish topical articles written by Committee members, and we solicit your contributions to this effort. This is a great opportunity for you to share your insights, experiences, and knowledge with your colleagues, as well as to learn from other Committee members.

Forms Exchange. We would like to create an area on this site dedicated to posting and exchanging basic forms that are valuable in ground leasing.

FAQs. Another project in which we would like to involve Committee members is putting together a list of Ground Leasing FAQs.

Links. We would also like to provide a section on our web site containing links to other web sites and resources that are of interest to ground leasing practitioners.

If you'd like to get involved in Ground Leasing Committee, please email Soo Yeon Lee at

Join Us



Vandewater, Melissa


Wong, Philip

Committee Roster  

Upcoming Programs & Calls

Section Events

    Section 2704 Regulations – A Further Analysis and Action Steps


    The section 2704 regulations were released by the Treasury Department on August 3. The approach and breadth of the regulations surprised many estate planners. Our panelists will review the proposed regulations and the implications for past, current, and future planning. Topics they will cover ...

    The Digital Revolution: RUFADAA and Planning with Digital Property


    This program will highlight new developments in estate planning. The panel will present the latest non-tax hot topics and update attendees on issues relating to the revised uniform law concerning digital assets. Ownership, protection and transfer of digital assets has been an area where controversy ...

    Did You Think That Through?: The Pros and Cons of Including Arbitration Clauses in Business Contracts


    Most transactional lawyers (and their clients) assume that arbitration will reduce the cost, risk and time involved in resolving legal disputes, and will result in a fairer outcome than they would receive from a judge or jury. As a result, arbitration clauses are routinely included in business contracts. ...


The Leasing Group conducts FREE hour-long calls on substantive issues relating to leases throughout the ABA year. Check here to see what's coming.

Materials from Previous Programs

Ground Leasing Committee Resources

LISTSERV Communication

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Modified by Adam Bielawski on March 21, 2016

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