Tamsen L. McCracken

Tamsen McCracken is of counsel with the firm. Tamsen is experienced in virtually all aspects of hospitality law with particular expertise in real-estate transactions. Tamsen has served as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for San Francisco based Stanford Hotels, Vice-President and as Assistant General Counsel for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.
415-982-1400 | mccracken@ddrs.com

Tamsen began her career with the San Francisco office of Miller Starr and Regalia which subsequently merged with Graham and James (now Squire Sanders and Dempsey).

Areas of Expertise:

  • Real estate acquisitions: Drafting and negotiating letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, conducting due diligence reviews, reviewing title matters, and overseeing escrow and closings with a particular emphasis on hospitality
  • Commercial leases: Representing lessors and lessees in the negotiation and drafting of warehouse, office, restaurant, parking, retail and ground leases
  • Construction related contracts: Representing owners in the negotiation and drafting of architect, design, general contractor and purchasing agent agreements
  • Legal matters related to hotel and restaurant operations: Including negotiation and drafting of a wide variety of agreements (for example, LodgeNet television service, reservations systems, linen/laundry, valet parking, etc.)
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management and Franchise Agreements.
  • Management and oversight of litigation, liquor licensing, trademark applications and employment matters.

Publications and Presentations:

  • Subdivision Sales Law, published by CEB (lead co-author of 1989 and 1990 supplements)
  • Numerous trainings for hospitality managers on claims handling, innkeepers, liability, risk management, contract law, etc.

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of California
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys

Education and Certifications:

  • J.D. – University of San Francisco School of Law, member of McAuliffe Honor Society (top 10%), 1985
  • B.A. – University of California at Santa Cruz, 1980
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Congressional Intern Scholarship