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Commercial Real Estate Institute 2016 (18th Annual)


Speaker(s): Andrea Clay, Carol M. Langford, Danna M. Kozerski, Denis F. Shanagher, Edward Krasnove, Jay L. Paxton, Jodi B. Fedor, Mark S. Hennigh, Nicholas W. Targ, Richard C. Mallory, Richard Van Duzer, Robert Charles Ward, Robert S. Miller, Rod Pasion, Sara Hansen Wilson, Stephen K. Cassidy, Steven Cvitanovic, Steven G. Horowitz
Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2016
PLI Program #: 149159

Jay L. Paxton specializes in real estate transactions, leasing and land use planning. Mr. Paxton represents both sellers and acquirers in the negotiation and documentation of real estate sale transactions, including portfolios of properties. His experience includes representation of numerous Fortune 500 companies in acquisitions, sales, sale/leasebacks, build-to-suit developments, ground leases, financings and property acquisitions and dispositions throughout the United States. He was the lead lawyer in a complex sale/leaseback transaction for the expansion of a large corporate headquarters campus in Northern California and, quite recently, was one of the three lead lawyers in an assemblage of eleven office buildings for a new corporate campus in Silicon Valley for one of the leading technology companies in the world. He also represented Carnegie Mellon University in establishing its West Coast campus at the NASA Ames Research Park.

His extensive experience representing both landowners and users in leasing includes directing all legal aspects of ongoing leasing matters for the owners of seven high-rise office buildings in San Francisco and several suburban office projects. He also represents major users in lease negotiations for office and retail space and is well- experienced in helping landlords and tenants in restructuring troubled leases. Mr. Paxton represented the landlord in the largest office lease in the history of San Francisco and in the real estate aspects of the securitization and sale of the income stream from that lease into the bond markets, a transaction which was the first of its kind in the United States.

In addition to his transactional practice, Mr. Paxton has extensive experience in obtaining land use approvals and entitlements for major retailers, developers and landowners. His work in land use has included securing all approvals for the conversion of a former landfill at the shore of the Bay to a regional retail center, with Home Depot as the anchor tenant. That project was the most controversial land use matter to have received permits in the City where it was located.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Mr. Paxton is active in various real estate associations. He is a past Chair of the San Francisco District Council of the Urban Land Institute, and continues as a member of its Executive Committee, member of its National Corporate Real Estate Council, and Co-Chair of its Policy and Practice Committee, where he conceived and led the creation of the Council’s UrbanMap Web portal. He is also a member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at UC Berkeley and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board. He is a Director of the Golden Gate Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, a land economics honorary society.

Mr. Paxton is very active in civic and business life of the Bay Area community, currently serving as a Director of the Bay Area Council and a Trustee of the University of California Berkeley Foundation and having recently completed an eight-year term as a Trustee of the Marin Community Foundation as the appointee of the President of the University of California. He has served on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee for the University’s International House since 1974, and is Chair of the Nominations Committee of the Board. He is a member of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association (Real Property Section), the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Marin County Bar Association.

Honors

Mr. Paxton is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He has been selected one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers eleven times from 2005 to 2016 and a Super Lawyer, Business Edition from 2011 to 2012. Most recently, Mr. Paxton was selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America™ in Real Estate Law, an honor he has received since 2009. Mr. Paxton is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell and recognized as a 2014 Top Rated Lawyer by American Lawyer Media.

Areas of Practice

Real Estate 
Land Use 
Leasing


Sara Hansen Wilson advises her clients on matters involving leasing, acquisitions and dispositions and financing commercial real estate properties. She provides practical, goal-oriented counsel to business clients. Sara is vice-chair of the firm's Real Estate group.

Sara represents real estate investors and developers in joint ventures and a wide range of acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate. Her experience includes acquisitions and dispositions of office buildings, shopping centers and warehouses for both local developers and national institutional investors.

Sara has substantial experience representing both landlords and tenants in leasing in regional shopping centers, "lifestyle" centers, mixed use centers and urban street locations. She has led retail developers through the leasing of new developments and major redevelopments of shopping center projects as well as launched the roll out of new lines of stores for retailers. Sara also represents both owners and users leasing office, warehouse and industrial properties.

Sara also has broad experience representing borrowers and lenders in loan originations and workouts secured by real property in various asset classes. She represents lenders and borrowers in loans secured by personal property and mixed collateral financings.

Areas of Focus

Industries

  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Construction
  • Technology

Services

  • Real Estate
  • Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Construction and Permanent Financing
  • Joint Ventures
  • Leasing

Credentials 

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1992, Order of the Coif
  • Williams College, B.A., 1988, cum laude, with honors in economics

Organizations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow (ACREL)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Law Conference Planning Committee
  • Board of Friends of San Francisco City Planning
  • CREW of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Bar Association

Experience

Commercial Real Estate

Sara has spoken about a wide variety of real estate topics for many organizations, including:

  • ICSC Law Conference
  • ALI-ABA
  • PLI
  • CLE International
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar

Recognitions 

Northern California “Women of Influence”, Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)


Rick Van Duzer, Chair of Farella Braun Martel’s Construction Group, maintains a complex civil trial practice, with an emphasis on the construction, real estate, and wine industries.

Mr. Van Duzer has represented contractors, owners, subcontractors, and design professionals in connection with disputes over delay and cost overrun claims and construction defects arising out of a variety of projects, including commercial office buildings, hospitals, condominiums, hotels, mixed-use developments, underground subway stations, dams, and cogeneration power plants.

Mr. Van Duzer also has represented parties in a variety of real estate disputes, including commercial and residential sales disputes, partnership disagreements and dissolutions, partition actions, commercial landlord/tenant suits, easement and boundary claims, CC&R enforcement actions, and entitlement protests.  Mr. Van Duzer formerly served on the Board of Directors of Hearthstone, at the time, the largest institutional investor in residential development projects in the United States.

As head of Farella Braun + Martel’s litigation practice in its Wine Country Office, Mr. Van Duzer has represented a number of wineries, grape growers, custom crush facilities, nurseries and other wine industry businesses in a variety of matters, including grape contract disputes, defective cork and rootstock litigation, negligent wine processing claims, trademark infringement actions, and ABC/TTB negotiations and litigation. 

Mr. Van Duzer regularly speaks on construction and wine industry issues of interest.  He is a member of Farella’s Advisory Board, which provides long-term strategic direction for the firm, and has been recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers (2011-2018), The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2018 Litigation – Construction) and in The Legal 500 United States 2017.

Mr. Van Duzer obtained his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.  He received his B.A. with Honors in Economics from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.


Andrea Clay is a partner in the San Francisco office of Polsinelli LLP. 

Andrea’s practice focuses on real estate lending and spans all loan product types, including construction, securitized and mezzanine loans.  Andrea’s clients include life insurance companies, securitization lenders, pension funds, and banks in financing all real estate asset types, including hotels, multifamily complexes, condominium buildings, retail centers, industrial parks, storage facilities, data centers, mobile home parks and raw land.

Andrea also provides servicing assistance to her clients, including negotiating forbearance agreements and overseeing foreclosure proceedings.

Distinctions:

  • Northern California "Super Lawyers" for Real Estate 2007, 2012-2018
  • Real Estate Forum's "Women of Influence", 2008
  • Daily Journal's "Top 20 Under 40", 2006

Clerkships:

  • Bankruptcy Court Ninth Circuit, Honorable Thomas B. Donovan, 1993-1995

Education:

  • J.D., University of Southern California - Gould School of Law 1993
  • MBA, University of Southern California 1993
  • B.A., University of California-Los Angeles 1988


Carol M. Langford is a lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She specializes in giving advice on legal ethics and discipline to attorneys, judges, law firms and corporations, and in representing lawyers and law students before the California State Bar in disciplinary and admissions matters.  She serves as a national expert witness in the ethics area.  She was formerly a partner in the Walnut Creek office of the international law firm of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, where she was ethics advisor to the firm and a member of the New Business Committee.

Ms. Langford has devoted a considerable amount of her time to training lawyers in issues involving law practice management.  She has also co-written two books: a nationally adopted textbook entitled Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law, 4th  Edition (Lexis Law Publishing, 2014 )and The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer, Truth, Justice, Power and Greed (Ballantine,1999). 

In addition to her practice, she served as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section.  She is the first person in California history to be elected Chair of three committees/sections of the California State Bar.  She was the Chair of the Law Practice Management & Technology Committee of the State Bar of California and Chair of the Council of Section Chairs.  She also served as the Chair and Special Advisor to the California State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, and has taught ethics as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law since 1992 and currently teaches at the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.  She has lectured and presented programs on ethics for the California State Bar, local bar associations, the Institute of Internal Auditors, PLI, University of San Francisco School of the Law, Hastings College of the Law, and Lawyer’s Mutual Insurance Company.  Ms. Langford was the ethics consultant to the Judicial Council of California, and was a member of the  Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee of the State Bar of California. 

She is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. state bars.  She recently was appointed to the Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct and served on the Disciplinary Standards Task Force where she was Chair of the Drafting Subcommittee.

She has won a Woman of the Year award from the Senate and the Contra Costa County Commission on Women for “Women Who Seek Justice,” and the Lichtenstein Distinguished Professorship of Legal Ethics Award from Hofstra University Law School in New York. 


Danna Kozerski is a co-managing partner with the law firm of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco, and is the former chair of the firm's real estate practice group.

Ms. Kozerski specializes in transactional real estate law, primarily devoted to leasing, financing, joint venture formation, and acquisitions and dispositions  She has represented both landlords and tenants in office and retail leases, lenders and borrowers in construction and permanent financings, and sellers and buyers in single asset and portfolio sales. 

Ms. Kozerski is an elected Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and an elected member of the Policy Advisory Board for the University of California, Berkeley’s Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics.  She is a frequent speaker on financing, leasing and acquisition topics, including presentations for the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE), the California Continuing Education of the Bar and the Practising Law Institute.

She was named a 2011 Dealmaker of the Year by the Daily Journal, one of 20 California real estate attorneys whose complex real estate deals had a significant impact on local communities and the broader real estate market, and was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” in 2011 and 2012.  She is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law.

From 2003 to 2009, she served as a director and vice president of Habitat for Humanity San Francisco California.

She is admitted to practice in the States of California and Michigan.  Ms. Kozerski earned her undergraduate degree cum laude from Marquette University in 1984 where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree cum laude from Wayne State University in 1987.


Denis F. Shanagher has more than 35 years of experience in handling complex real estate, land use and construction disputes, including from jury trials, court trials, mediations, arbitrations and administrative hearings. His practice currently focuses on representing large developers and contracting firms, as well as real estate investors, in all aspects of the entitlement, development and post-development process, particularly including related litigation in Northern California.  In addition, Mr. Shanagher handles matters involving broker liability and insurance coverage (advice and litigation for both policyholders and insurers). Representative project range from multi-million dollar single family homes to high-rise apartment, condominium and office projects.

Mr. Shanagher is a 1981 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Constitutional Law Quarterly, and a graduate, with distinction, of Stanford University in 1978.


EDWARD KRASNOVE is currently Of Counsel to Griffin, Fletcher & Herndon, LLP, a Cincinnati based boutique law firm.  He has over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate law.

Previously, he was Executive Vice president and General Counsel for Foursquare Properties, Inc. and President of The Krasnove Law Firm.  He also served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Alexander Haagen Properties, Inc., was a Partner at Huprich & Krasnove, and a Partner at the Los Angeles office of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks.

He was Co-Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers United States Law Conference in 1982, 1983, 1988 and 1989, and has lectured at numerous ICSC Law Conferences, the University of Shopping Centers, The California Retail Symposium, ALI-ABA, BLI, ACREL, the California Continuing Education for the Bar, the Georgetown University Law Center and Lorman Education Services.  He is past Chairman of the Shopping Center, Industrial and Commercial Subsection of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is a current member of The American College of Real Estate Lawyers.  In addition he has served on the Legislative Committee of the California Business Properties Association, and the Editorial Board of Commercial Leasing Law and Strategy.

He is currently included in the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, and has been included in Los Angeles and San Diego “Super Lawyers.”  Mr. Krasnove received his B.A. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and his J.D. “With Honors” from The John Marshall Law School.


Jodi Fedor is a partner at the San Francisco firm of Shartsis Friese LLP and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department.  She has a broad-based practice handling commercial real property transactions nationwide for developers, institutional and private owners of and investors in real property, technology companies, and other corporate users of commercial real estate.  Jodi was previously a partner with SSL Law Firm after more than ten years as a director/shareholder of Ellman Burke Hoffman & Johnson.  Prior to that, she was a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where she acted as primary counsel to the City’s Real Estate Department and PUC Bureau of Land Management.

Ms. Fedor has particular expertise in acquisitions and sales (office, industrial, residential and mixed use), leasing (office, industrial and retail, both landlord and tenant side), financing (primarily borrower side), and structuring and development.  In recent years she has represented several technology and consumer products companies in the acquisition and development of corporate campuses and major facilities sites, and currently serves as national real estate counsel to several of them, handling all real estate and facilities needs.

Ms. Fedor received a B.A. degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1985 and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988.  She is a member of the California State Bar Association; Real Property Law Section; an elected Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; and an elected Member of Lambda Alpha International – Golden Gate Chapter.  Jodi was named a “Northern California Real Estate Woman of Influence” by San Francisco Business Times in 2017 and recognized as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Bay Area Commercial Real Estate” by Bisnow Power Women in 2016.  She has been named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in Real Estate every year since 2006.  Jodi was the President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) San Francisco in 2017 and continues to serve as a member of the board and as chair of the CREW governance committee.


Nicholas Targ is a San Francisco attorney with more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in the public and private sectors efficiently achieve their land use, environmental and policy goals. He serves as co-chair of Holland & Knight’s national environmental team. Mr. Targ's practice focuses on complex redevelopment projects, environmental compliance and government advocacy. His representative work includes strategic legal advice on coastal and brownfields redevelopment projects, Superfund compliance, and state and federal grant and policy advocacy. Mr. Targ has successfully advocated for infill funding and policy initiatives on behalf of public, private and nonprofit coalition clients.

Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Targ served in leadership positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance, including Counsel and Associate Director to the Office of Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C. In these capacities, he helped bring highly visible environmental permitting and compliance matters to successful resolutions. Mr. Targ also provided strategic advice on legislation, regulatory initiatives and public participation issues to congressional offices, the President's Council on Environmental Quality, as well as federal, state and tribal agencies. On a regular basis, he convened and addressed trade associations, government bodies and others.

Mr. Targ also served in the Solicitor's Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), representing the Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management on a wide range of natural resources and hazardous materials issues. While at the DOI, he helped establish the department's first alternative dispute resolution program and the department-wide hazardous materials office, provided legal and strategic counsel on environmental aspects of large-scale land transfers, and handled precedent setting cases. He joined the department through the Honors Attorney Program in 1993. Committed to service, Mr. Targ co-founded the Howard University School of Law Environmental Law and Sustainability Program, and taught environmental law and environmental justice as an adjunct professor. He also taught land use law as an adjunct professor at UC Hastings School of Law.


Robert Charles Ward is a litigation partner with substantial arbitration and trial experience who relies on that experience to deliver practical advice and cost-effective lawyering. His litigation practice is largely oriented toward the real estate and investment management industries. Mr. Ward's real estate work includes landlord-tenant disputes, disputes over purchase and sale contracts, partnership dissolutions, broker disputes, construction disputes, secured transactions, and breach of fiduciary duty and corporate governance claims. In the investment management area, Mr. Ward handles partnership disputes, investor claims, employment claims, and other problems arising for investment management companies. Mr. Ward also handles several types of disputes faced by growing businesses, such as conflicts among partners or shareholders, trade secret disputes, wrongful termination claims and disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions. Another facet of Mr. Ward’s practice is a focus on “business divorces” -- helping clients unwind themselves from companies or investments.

Mr. Ward uses his litigation experience and expertise to resolve disputes, if possible, without the expense of litigation or by handling litigation to achieve client goals efficiently. He also recognizes that litigation requires flexibility because every case has its own unique facts and client motivations. When disputes cannot be resolved quickly and efficiently, Mr. Ward enjoys taking cases to trial or arbitration and aggressively seeking good results for his clients. Mr. Ward’s clients include real estate investment and management companies, developers, investment management companies, manufacturers and distributors, municipalities, and financial institutions.

A 1992 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Ward was Articles Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly. He also authored “The Spirits Will Leave:  Preventing the Desecration and Destruction of Native American Sacred Sites on Federal Land,” 19 Ecology Law Quarterly 795 (1993), which won the 1992 Ellis J. Harmon Environmental Writing prize. Mr. Ward also received his undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in history and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Ward served in the United States Army as a field artillery officer.

 


Robert S. Miller is a partner in Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski’s Business, Real Estate and Land Use Practice Groups in the firm’s Walnut Creek office.  His practice involves a range of real estate and development activities, with a skill set that addresses a wide variety of the issues that confront real estate developers, owners, and builders.  He represents entities in all aspects of their business operations, including real property acquisitions and dispositions, general corporate law, commercial leasing, general contract negotiation, employment issues, financing, project development and entitlement, regulatory compliance, litigation management, insurance and risk management, and general business counseling.  His primary focus is on getting complicated deals completed in a practical, timely, and efficient manner for his clients. 

Prior to joining Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski, Mr. Miller was General Counsel of Braddock & Logan Services, Inc., a diversified real estate holding and development company.  In that capacity, he represented the company and its affiliates in connection with their management and operation of residential, commercial, retail and care facility properties.  Mr. Miller also previously served as of counsel at Timken Johnson LLP in Walnut Creek, and as an associate at Stein & Lubin, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, and Tomotsune, Kimura & Mitomi in Tokyo, Japan.

Practice Areas

  • Business
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use

Education

  • Princeton University (A.B., Cum Laude, 1986)
  • Harvard Law School (J.D., Cum Laude, 1989)


Rod J. Pasion is Associate Regional Counsel for Chicago Title Company in San Francisco. For as long as anyone can remember, Rod has specialized in underwriting and closing complex, high-liability, multi-site commercial transactions for national clients.

Rod received his J.D. from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1981. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Rod was the chief consultant for and co-author of  the CEB Publication  “Title Insurance Practice”.

When not underwriting, Rod likes to garden and advise his neighbors in the Santa Cruz Mountains as to how a prescriptive parking easement is or is not obtained. Rod also spends time as a supporter and Board Member of KITKA, a woman’s vocal ensemble, and Millbrae Community Television, a public  access station.


Steven G. Horowitz serves as Chief Legal and Risk Officer at Open Space Institute, based in New York.  At OSI he focuses on land conservation, environmental mitigation, climate change and a wide range of resiliency activities.  He recently retired after many years as a partner of Cleary Gottlieb where he regularly represented U.S. and international commercial and investment banks, foreign and domestic institutional investors, property owners and corporations in their real estate matters. Transaction types encompassed all forms of joint ventures, mortgage finance and securitization, loan syndication, mortgage loan trading and subordinate debt, restructuring and real estate-related mergers and acquisitions.  In addition, he focused on credit tenant and portfolio leasing, workout and bankruptcy matters, investment entity formation and tax-oriented finance transactions, and investments in non-traditional property types such as resorts and hotels, Indian gaming casinos, mines, timber, utilities, sports fitness clubs, hospitals and nursing homes.

Steven repeatedly has been recognized by the business and legal press for his work on behalf of clients, including The Best Lawyers in America, which includes him in its 2018 edition, making Steven one of a small group to receive this honor for more than 15 consecutive years.  Prior to Law School, he worked as a housing and urban development planner in the New York City Department of City Planning.


Richard (Rick) C. Mallory is Of Counsel in the law firm of Shumaker Mallory, LLP and is resident in the Downtown Los Angeles office.  He focuses his practice on office, industrial and retail leasing. He represents landlords and tenants in a broad range of leasing issues, including straight leases, lease-equity, lease takeover transactions, and telecommunications transactions. Rick's practice also includes broker listing, registration agreements, and contract negotiations with architects, engineers, construction companies, designers, and parking and property management firms. With respect to tenant matters, Rick brings particularly extensive experience in lease negotiations and transactions, including renewals, takeovers, pass-throughs, subleasing and assignment issues, sale/lease-backs, leases with purchase options, telecommunication agreements, and construction contracts for tenant improvements.

A dynamic presenter, Rick is in demand as a speaker at real estate industry seminars and conventions throughout the country, and has also published many articles on the subject of commercial leasing. In addition to his membership in the Building Owners and Managers  Association, he served on the Board of Governors for the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the advisory boards for the Practicing Law Institute and Georgetown Law Center's Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute. 

Rick has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1989 as a leading California real estate attorney according to a survey of his peers.  Rick has been listed in either Northern California or Southern California Super Lawyers each year since 2004

 


Steve is a recognized leader in construction law with more than 20 years of experience. Steve’s expertise comes from handling hundreds of matters, years of cultivating relationships, and by immersing himself in industry news and events. Clients retain Steve because of his expertise, legal abilities, and his total devotion to client satisfaction. Whether helping with a contract, guiding a client through a difficult situation, or complex litigation, Steve’s knowledge and know-how allow him to better understand the needs of his clients, be a more effective and confident advocate, and deliver consistent results. Steve shares his expertise and insights with others by routinely speaking at conferences, seminars or webinars, and he is constantly writing about legal issues faced by owners, builders and contractors. Steve also serves as leader of Haight’s Construction Law Practice Group.

Over the years, Steve has helped clients with matters and claims involving residential, commercial and public projects. Steve has been involved in construction litigation or claims involving public facilities and infrastructure such as hospitals, airports, schools, railways, highways, and a multi-billion dollar government laser. He has vast experience in claims for private works of improvement ranging from high rise condominiums and single family homes to affordable housing projects, movie theaters, casinos, solar farms and shopping centers. Steve routinely works on matters involving:

•           construction defect
•           contractor licensing 
•           contracts – advice and counsel 
•           delays 
•           mechanics liens 
•           payment, performance and license bonds 
•           prevailing wages
•           prompt payment 
•           risk management
•           stop payment notices
•           surety law

Steve was born and raised in the Bay Area. Steve loves spending time with his family, whether it be at home, on some adventure, or just at the movies. Steve is enthusiastic about life and has competed in half-marathons, triathlons, mud-runs, Alcatraz swims, 200 mile relay races, rowing events, and has run the Bay-to-Breakers over twenty times. Steve has safely guided hundreds of swimmers, including blind swimmers, firefighters, police officers, EMT’s and disabled veterans, across the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay in many open water swim competitions from Alcatraz.


MARK S. HENNIGH is a founding Partner at the San Francisco law firm of Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP.  A LEED® accredited professional, Mr. Hennigh provides services in a broad range of real estate transactions, including leasing, acquisition, financing, development, tax-deferred exchanges, alternative energy and environmental matters.  Mr. Hennigh’s real estate clients include owners, developers, landlords, tenants, retailers, restaurants, law firms, accountants, software/computer companies, agricultural interests and consultants.  His alternative energy clients include developers, contractors and lenders in wind, solar, biomass, cogeneration and energy efficiency projects throughout the United States and Canada.  Mr. Hennigh has been a lecturer and writer for ACREL, ALI-ABA, BOMA, ICSC, PLI, Continuing Legal Education International, California Continuing Education of the Bar and the California Bar Real Estate Section.  Mr. Hennigh received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College (cum laude) and his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.


Stephen K. Cassidy is a member of the firm of Powlan Cassidy Law in Walnut Creek, California.  He specializes in commercial real estate and land use law.  Mr. Cassidy graduated with a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall in 1975.  Mr. Cassidy’s transactional real estate practice includes purchases and sales, leasing, finance, and entity formation, and he represents developers, tenants, lenders and investors.  He has particular expertise in shopping centers, having been in the industry since 1975.  His land use practice includes all aspects of the land use process and litigation.