“The negotiating and contracting process can itself create or destroy value. My nearly 20 years as a business lawyer combined with my experience running my own businesses have taught me the importance of adding value by building upon the personal and business relationships between opposing parties and employing consensus problem solving that facilitate the successful closing of a business transaction.”
Paul Kitziger is a nationally recognized business lawyer who regularly assists clients with various business transactions, including real estate transactions, construction projects, business entity structuring and formation, mergers and acquisitions, and financing transactions. Paul is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the premier organization of U.S. real estate attorneys, and is recognized by The Best Lawyers America for his real estate practice.
Paul represents both local and international clients from the energy, petrochemical, manufacturing, hospitality, industrial, and financial sectors.
He regularly advises clients in:
- Negotiation and documentation of real estate transactions, including commercial leasing, acquisitions and divestitures, land development and construction agreements
- The development and improvement of real estate, including the development of distribution facilities and utility scale solar projects
- Mergers and acquisitions, including those in the hospitality, energy, and chemical industries
- Corporate and general business matters
- Secured financing transactions, often including those secured by real property
- Corporate governance advice and the creation, acquisition and sale of small to medium-sized business entities and assets in a variety of industries, such as real estate, construction and oil and gas
A good deal of Paul’s recent work has involved both energy and non-energy-related real estate transactions in Louisiana for clients throughout the nation and abroad. This includes title work and the lease, sale, purchase and development of hospitality facilities, industrial facilities, office buildings, warehouses, and other commercial and industrial properties.
Paul has also represented several professional athletes in various business and investment matters.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Paul worked in a variety of industries, including working on the docks of the Mississippi River and in the engine rooms of Louisiana river boats. He also managed a machine shop for one of Louisiana’s largest privately held manufacturing corporations, and eventually owned and operated several businesses, including a real estate holding company. “My previous professional experiences, including being a business owner, enables me to effectively communicate and focus on critical path items and key issues from the client’s point of view,” he explains. “I help clients work through the decision-making process and get things done, especially when time is of the essence.” Paul also understands the importance of interpersonal relationships and consensus problem solving. He cautions, “When transactional lawyers fail to recognize the importance of strong relationships between contracting parties or the value in collaborative problem solving, they can miss opportunities to add value to their client’s transactions.”
“We always enjoy working with Paul Kitziger and the folks at Liskow & Lewis. They’ve got an impressive team with an incredible amount of experience. Every legal question we’ve come across in Louisiana has been promptly answered by Paul or one of his associates. They’ve helped bring a few transactions over the finish line, and we look forward to more dealings in the future.” – Best Lawyers Client Comment, Real Estate Law, 2022