Leasing and Real Estate
I worked for 10 years as an in-house real estate attorney for three global companies: The Gap, Amazon, and T-Mobile. In those roles, I drafted and negotiated leases, amendments, letters of intent, subleases, assignments, purchase and sale agreements, ground leases, and termination agreements, for domestic and international locations. My experience also includes the drafting and negotiation of license agreements, signage agreements, storage leases, and other ancillary real estate agreements such as estoppels. During my time in-house, I handled a wide variety of disputes and operational issues, ranging from construction delays to violations of operating covenants to payment disputes. I have negotiated settlements of numerous co-tenancy, co-participation and other audit disputes, and I handled a multi-million dollar construction defect claim. My decade working in-house has given me a business perspective that I bring to every transaction and dispute. I enjoy the variety of work that comes from supporting an evolving business.
LAW FIRM EXPERIENCE
I began my law practice with Latham and Watkins LLP, where I trained as a litigator in the Washington, D.C. and San Francisco offices. In addition to working on directors and officers defense and securities litigation, I handled a contentious landlord-tenant lawsuit and became interested in shifting to a real estate transactional practice. I joined the real estate practice group at Morrison Foerster in San Francisco, where I received broad training in development projects, acquisitions and dispositions, and leasing, until I moved in-house with The Gap in 2006. My transactional and litigation experience positioned me to thrive as in-house counsel where I drafted leases and managed disputes with landlords.
- Yale Law School, J.D., 2001
- University College London, M.A. in English Literature, 1998
- Tulane University, B.A. in History, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1997
MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES
- International Council of Shopping Centers
- Washington State Bar Association
- California State Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- Girls Inc. of Alameda County, Board Member and Member of Facilities Committee, 2009-2013