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Overview

William is the fourth generation of Hofs involved in the real estate, construction and development industry.

His family owns Hof Construction Inc., a St. Louis commercial general contractor established in 1911. William himself worked for Hof Construction for many years and was a member of Union Laborers Local 110.

Today, in his legal practice, William continues to use that deep-seated knowledge to focus on transactional matters regarding real estate, development, construction, and financing law.

He regularly represents local, national, and international clients in all aspects of their real estate needs, including: 

  • Real estate acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Office, warehouse, industrial and retail leasing. 
  • Construction contracting and construction administration. 
  • Development of complex mission-critical real estate assets and facilities. 
  • Facilities management.

William also has extensive experience representing lenders in commercial real estate loans. He is a certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Building Certification Institute.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law, 2018-2021
  • Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Clayton, 2010-2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Real Estate, Rising Star, 2009-2010, 2013-2018

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Woolsack
      Saint Louis University Law Journal, Childress Lecture editor
  • B.S.B.A., Saint Louis University
    • Economics
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • U.S. Green Building Council, St. Louis Chapter
Experience
  • Represents multiple manufacturing companies in their plant and warehouse acquisitions, dispositions and leasing throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Advises financial services providers in the acquisition and disposition of their branch bank locations.
  • Represents the producer of food-service products in its acquisition, disposition and leasing of real estate throughout the United States, including the complex development of a distribution center in Kentucky involving land assemblage, a sale-leaseback and synthetic lease financing.
  • Represents several transportation and logistics providers in nationwide real estate leasing, acquisitions and dispositions. Also represented a privately held transportation company in $95 million sale of six river terminals in multiple states.
  • Represented the developer in a $95 million construction loan for development of a 17-story office tower.
White Papers | August 23, 2018
Drafting Tips for Real Estate Purchase and Sales Agreements

After signing a real estate purchase and sales agreement, parties are often unpleasantly surprised or disappointed by what seemed to be minor points — that is, “details” — when they negotiated the agreement.

White Papers | July 26, 2018
"Gross Up" Provisions in Office Leases
Articles | November 15, 2017
Law360: 10 Suggestions For Drafting Better Real Estate Documents (log-in required)

William Hof offers 10 simple suggestions that address many of the most commonly occurring style and formatting issues found in commercial real estate documents.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | November 14, 2018
Thomson Reuters' Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 Names 58 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has 58 attorneys in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

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