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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.


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 

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


  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Construction
  • Technology


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


Bar Admissions

  • California


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


  • 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


Commercial Real Estate

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

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


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

Awards Methodology (

Danna Kozerski is a co-managing partner with Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco, and she is the former chair of the firm's real estate practice group. Ms. Kozerski represents developers and companies in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions including the development, financing, leasing, and acquisition and disposition of office buildings, museums, shopping centers, residential developments and mixed-use projects. She specializes in the formation of joint ventures and public/private partnerships.

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 leasing, financing 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.

Ms. Kozerski was named the 2021 San Francisco “Lawyer of the Year” in Real Estate Law by The Best Lawyers in America. She was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” in 2011 and 2012, and she was named to the “Forever Influential” Honor Roll in 2019. 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 have had a significant impact on local communities and the broader real estate market.

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

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.

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.

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 )and The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer, Truth, Justice, Power and Greed (Ballantine Books). 

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 also recently assisted in the drafting of the Provisional Licensing Program for new lawyers.

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. 

Denis F. Shanagher has handled jury trials, court trials, mediations and arbitrations for more than 40 years, focusing on real estate development, construction and land use issues. He represents a diverse group of clients in all aspects of the real estate development and construction process, including major developers such as Tishman Speyer and Related California, and general contractors such as Webcor and Centric Construction, among others. His practice includes disputes regarding complex construction defects, design error, delay claims, contract issues, easement issues, title, and various aspects of the development approval process (CEQA, entitlement, subdivision map act and administrative hearings). In addition, Mr. Shanagher handles related matters involving real estate broker liability; insurance coverage, and general commercial and real estate contracts and disputes. He also has provided counsel in the areas of professional negligence, emphasizing real estate agents, attorneys, accountants and insurance brokers.

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. He has been listed in Northern California Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, annually since 2008.

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 B. 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 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.  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.  She also has significant experience representing developers and public entities in public-private real estate development transactions.  On the user side, she represents technology and consumer products companies in the acquisition or leasing 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 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. She began her legal career in the San Francisco real estate group of Morrison & Foerster.

Ms. Fedor received her B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1985 and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988.  She is an elected Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; and an elected Member of Lambda Alpha International – Golden Gate Chapter.  She was named a “Northern California Real Estate Woman of Influence” by the 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 is listed in The Best Lawyers In America and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer.  She is a Past President of the San Francisco Chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network and has also served as the Chapter’s Network Delegate, Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee.



Nicholas Targ is a San Francisco partner at the international law firm Holland & Knight. Mr. Targ has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in the public and private sectors efficiently achieve their land use, environmental and policy goals. He co-chairs 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 brownfields redevelopment, 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 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. Presently, he is an adjunct professor at UC Hastings School of Law teaching land use law. Mr. Targ attended Boston College Law School and is licensed to practice law in the state of California.

Rick Mallory’s practice focuses on office, industrial and retail leases. He represents landlords and tenants in a broad range of leasing matters. In 1977, Rick was a founding Partner of the law firm of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, LLP, practicing with that firm until June of 2019. He is a frequent speaker at real estate industry seminars and conventions throughout the country and has published many articles on the subject of commercial leasing. In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, he currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Practising Law Institute (PLI) and has been the San Francisco chair of the PLI annual Commercial Real Property Institute, for the last 21 years.  Since 1984, according to a survey of his peers, he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America as a leading California real estate attorney. In a 2004 legal newspaper survey, Rick was named as one of the top six real estate attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its initial publication, Rick has been listed in either the Northern California or the Southern California’s edition of Super Lawyers, and in 2006, 2009 and 2010 he landed on Super Lawyers‚ list of the Top 100 Northern California attorneys. In each edition of the Chambers & Partners USA Guide, he has been recognized for excellence as a California real estate attorney.  Rick holds a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

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's business, real estate, and land practice groups and manages the firm’s Walnut Creek office.

Building homes in California is a significant undertaking for even the most experienced homebuilder. Bob guides clients past potential pitfalls and through complicated transactions to ensure that every step of the homebuilding process is successful, from letter of intent to certificate of occupancy. To navigate this highly regulated industry, Bob draws on his varied experiences in real estate: he is an active board member of publicly traded homebuilding company, Landsea Homes; he formerly served as general counsel of Braddock & Logan Services, Inc., a diversified real estate holding, development, and home building company; he has cultivated decades-long relationships with a diverse set of industry stakeholders in the Bay Area and throughout California; and finally, Bob has personal experience with buying, selling, and investing in commercial real estate.

Bob’s practice specializes in representing developers, businesses, and individuals in real property acquisitions and dispositions, entity formation, joint venture leasing, construction, financing, project development and entitlement. In his decades-long practice, he has negotiated leases for national retail chains, established corporate entities for real estate businesses, negotiated and documented conservation easements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, negotiated contracts for general contracted building projects, and other matters central to real estate and development.

Prior to joining Lubin Olson, Bob was an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, and Tomotsune, Kimura & Mitomi in Tokyo, Japan. Bob stays connected to his home community by contributing to several charitable and legal organizations: the California State Bar Real Property Law Section, the California Apartment Association, the Rental Housing Organization of Northern Alameda County, the East Bay Chapter of Amigos de las Americas, Congregation B’Nai Tikvah, and Family Support Services of Alameda County.

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 Cvitanovic is a skilled litigator and Partner at Haight Brown and Bonesteel LLP with over twenty years of experience in the construction industry. He frequently speaks and writes on construction law topics and is an active member of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, the AGC of California, and the California Building Industry Association. Steve is an A-V rated attorney and is the Practice Group Leader for Haight's Construction Law and Real Estate Practice Groups. 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. 

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.

Andrea Clay’s practice focuses on real estate lending. Andrea has closed in excess of 1,000 loans across the country spanning all loan product types, including construction, permanent, securitized and mezzanine lending. Andrea has experience financing all asset types, including hotels, multifamily units, condominium units, retail centers, office and industrial buildings, storage properties, data centers, and mobile home parks. Andrea understands the competitive nature of a client’s business and makes it her priority to close transactions efficiently and cost effectively to create a competitive advantage for the client.


  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California "Super Lawyers" for Real Estate 2007, 2012-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Real Estate Forum's "Women of Influence", 2008
  • Selected for inclusion in Daily Journal's "Top 20 Under 40", 2006
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan, Bankruptcy Court Ninth Circuit


  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • State Bar of California

Key Matters

  • Represented a mortgage lender in connection with construction of a downtown high-rise commercial condominium consisting of an office condominium on the lower floors and hotel condominium on the upper floors. The $170,000,000 total construction costs were funded by the client's senior mortgage loan, a mezzanine loan funded by the EB-5 immigration program, and borrower equity
  • Represented a mezzanine lender in connection with construction of a 423 residential condominium high-rise in Hawaii
  • Represent several leading originators of commercial mortgage backed securities


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

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.