Perspectives on Real Estate
California's Post Redevelopment Agency Landscape
Robert C. Herr
Robert Herr is a partner in the law firm's Real Estate practice and is located in the San Francisco office. He represents an array of developers, owners, managers and lenders in their commercial and residential real estate development, acquisition, operation, leasing, sale and loan transactions. Mr. Herr’s client list includes Shorenstein Company LLC, Spear Street Capital, LLC, Stein Kingsley Stein, and the San Francisco Giants. Mr. Herr also acts as the leader of the firm’s Shorenstein client team.
Sample transactions handled by Mr. Herr include the acquisition and subsequent disposition of the two million square foot 555 California office block in San Francisco, California and the related primary and secondary financings; the formation of real estate investment partnerships raising $450 million in capital since 1993; and over $7 billion of class A office building acquisition or disposition transactions since 1994. As lead attorney in the acquisition of the San Francisco Giants by the current ownership group, Mr. Herr handled the financing and other business transactional aspects of the team’s $350 million ballpark located at China Basin in San Francisco, completed in 2000.
Mr. Herr also has an active land use/governmental approvals practice, representing developers of major office, retail, residential and hotel projects in successfully negotiating the often rocky shoals of California land use law and practice. Examples of major land use matters handled by Mr. Herr are the $300 million mixed use (office, hotel, retail) Embarcadero Center West project; the 250,000 square foot 475 Brannan Street office project; the 300,000 square foot 350 Rhode Island office project; the 282 unit residential Lombard Plaza project; a mixed use luxury hotel/residential condominium project for Carpenter/Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., comprising about 300 hotel rooms on the lower 20 floors and 102 luxury condominiums on the upper 20 floors of a 40 story highrise structure at 3rd and Mission Streets; the 24 story, 250 unit condominium project at 375 Fremont Street, all in San Francisco; and the entitlement in 2000 of 2.2 million square feet of office space and 200 residential units at Oakland City center, in Oakland, California, and subsequent development in Oakland of the first phases of that project.
- Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Real Estate Law—San Francisco (2013)
- Chambers USA, Real Estate—California (2004-2013)
- Best Lawyers in America, Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law (for 25+ years)
- Legal 500, Real Estate (2007-2013), Land Use/Zoning (2013)
- PLC Which Lawyer?, Real Estate—San Francisco & Silicon Valley (2010-2012)
- Who's Who Legal, Real Estate—San Francisco (2010)
- Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers, Euromoney/Legal Media Group (2010-2013)
American Bar Association (Real Property section, Joint Ventures, Commercial Leasing subsections), San Francisco Bar Association (Real Property section), Golden Gate Chapter Lambda Alpha, northern California charitable and civic groups