American Bar Association
Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law: Ground Leasing Committee

ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law

Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law:
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 have any ideas to make this Committee the best RPTE Committee ever, or if you'd like to get involved in Ground Leasing Committee, please email Deborah J. Moench at or Soo Yeon Lee at

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Chair:  Deborah J Moench

Vice-Chair:  Soo Yeon Lee

Committee Roster (109 total members)

Upcoming Programs & Calls

Section Events
April 17, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 22, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 23, 2014
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Format: Webinar/Teleconference


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

Financing the Construction (Ground Leasing Committee) 9/21/2011
Ground Lease Rent Adjustments - Article by Lawrence Teplin and Heather Stern
Limiting the Risk - Key Lease Provisions in Today's Economy (Retail Leasing Committee 5/13/2010
Leasehold Title Insurance 1/9/2009
Indemnity & Insurance Conference Call Materials (Industrial Leasing Committee) 3/4/2010
more links...

Ground Leasing Committee Resources

Ground Leasing Bibliography
Committee Directory with Areas of Practice
Selected Ground Lease Clauses
The Uninsured Risks of Development - Raymond Iwamoto
CGL Coverage of Defective Work - William H. Locke, Jr.
more links...

LISTSERV Lists (help)

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Modified by Soo Yeon Lee on February 11, 2014

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