Elliot Surkin concentrates his practice on real estate development, finance and taxation.

He has acted as general counsel to the developers and owners of many of the most significant office, mixed-use and retail projects in the greater Boston area. These include Boston office towers International Place, 101 Federal Street, 33 Arch Street, 500 Boylston Street, 222 Berkeley Street; regional malls Providence Place (Providence, Rhode Island) and South Shore Plaza (Braintree, Massachusetts); and art complexes Citi Performing Arts Center and The Boston Center for the Arts.

He was lead counsel to Global Retail Investors, a joint venture of First Washington Realty and CalPERS, in the July 2009 purchase of controlling interests in a portfolio of 86 shopping centers valued at $1.73 billion. This was the first major US real estate portfolio investment completed in the past two years. He represents Ram's Head Development, a joint venture of The Chiofaro Company and Prudential, in early permitting activities in 2009 for a two-tower 1.5 Million square foot mixed use development on the Boston waterfront.

Elliot served as developer's counsel in the site acquisition and pre-development financing of a 120-acre site in suburban Boston for a major retail development. He was one of the five senior DLA Piper real estate partners leading the team of lawyers representing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey related to the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in Manhattan in 2006, and during the re-negotiated agreements in 2010; these services are continuing in 2011 with respect to the development in joint venture with a private firm of One World Trade Center tower. Recently, he was counsel to Sun Microsystems in the sale and partial lease back of Sun's Burlington, Massachusetts campus - the largest transaction of its kind in suburban Boston.