Jonathan Rivin

Jonathan Rivin is the firm's real estate partner with a unique perspective which facilitates deals. He has sat in all chairs at the negotiating table, knows the thought processes of each party, and can adapt his style to his client's goals.
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In private legal practice and in the legal departments of a major life insurance company and a money center bank, Jonathan has advised institutional and individual clients on all elements of real property matters since 1980. Jonathan also advises clients on entity structuring and other commercial transactions.

In addition to client work, Jonathan has served as Chair of the California State Bar Real Property Section and of the San Francisco Real Estate Roundtable. He is active in the American College of Real Estate Attorneys and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, as well as community organizations including the Julia Morgan School for Girls and the Camphill Foundation. He is a frequent speaker and writer for legal and real estate industry groups on current issues in the field.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Acquisition, sale and tax-free exchanges of properties, including high-rise office buildings, mixed-use business parks, warehouses, shopping centers, agricultural properties, apartment buildings and single family houses
  • Advising family offices on real estate and other investments and daily operational issues
  • Leasing for landlords and tenants of office, industrial, retail and special purpose space and agricultural land; equity leases, sale/leaseback and ground lease transactions
  • Conventional and participating, construction and permanent mortgage loans
  • Construction and development projects, including land use matters and agreements with design professionals and contractors, public agencies and development partners
  • Workouts and restructures of leases and loans, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, REO management and sales
  • Brokerage and management relationships and agreements
  • Pro Bono representation of various non-profit organizations

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Lambda Alpha

Publication and Presentations:

  • Program Chair, “Current Issues in California Foreclosures”, Seminar at State Bar of California Section Education Institute, San Diego, CA, January 2002
  • Program Chair, “Realizing the Hidden Value of Surplus Governmental Property”, Seminar at State Bar of California Real Property Law Section Annual Retreat, San Diego, CA, April 1998
  • Author, “Letters of Intent as Enforceable Contracts: If It Talks Lie a Duck and Acts Like a Duck…”, California Real Property Journal, Spring 1998
  • Author, “Title Insurance Consideration in Estate Planning Transfers of Real Estate”, Probate and Property, Summer 1998
  • Moderator, “Conflicts of Interest in Representing Financial Institutions”, Seminar at State Bar of California Real Property Law Section Annual Retreat, Silverado, CA, May 1993
  • Author, “Stealing the Other Guy’s Tenants: Is It Tortious Interference?” Chapter 16, The Commercial Property Lease, ABA, 1993
  • Author, “Foreclosing Lenders Required to Disclose All Known Material Facts to Potential Bidders”, California Real Property Journal, Fall 1991

Education and Certifications:

  • J.D. – University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, 1980
  • B.A. – Harvard College, magna cum laude, 1977