Domenic C. Drago: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Domenic C. Drago


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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use
  • and Environmental
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Real Estate Development
  • Automotive
  • Hospitality
University University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Hastings, J.D., 1984
Admitted1984, California


•Member, San Diego County Bar Association
•Member, California State Bar Association
•Member, NAIOP - San Diego Chapter
•Member, Urban Land Institute
•Member, Burnham Moores Center for Real Estate - Commercial Real Estate Committee


Domenic Drago is a partner and the firmwide Co-Practice Group Leader for the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Drago's practice includes a wide variety of real estate and business transactions. He has extensive experience in real property purchase and sale, joint ventures, leasing and finance transactions. He represents owners and developers of residential subdivisions, multifamily developments, shopping centers, hotels and commercial and industrial office buildings. His finance experience has included both borrower and lender representation in the initiation, modification, purchase and sale and workout of real estate secured loans.

Transactions Mr. Drago has handled include the acquisition and financing of large tracts of land for the development of master planned, mixed-use communities, the disposition of finished lots to merchant builders and the acquisition, disposition, and financing of multifamily, office, retail and hotel properties. He represents landlords and tenants in lease transactions involving office, research and development and retail space.


Recent Representative Transactions
•Represented private equity real estate owner/developer in acquisition of multifamily and office projects totaling approximately $900, 000, 000 in value.
•Representation of private equity fund in formation of joint ventures for residential development projects.
•Supervised real estate team for City of Pasadena Rose Bowl renovation project.
•Represented buyer of a hotel in Hawaii involving the amendment and assumption of a CMBS loan.
•Represented developer in the acquisition and finance of urban infill, mixed-use development parcel.
•Represented global investment/finance company in connection with financing for regional natural gas power plant.
•Represented multifamily developer in the acquisition of real property, formation of a limited liability company and financing of apartment projects in Riverside, California.
•Represented regional home builder in acquisition of large tracts of land for master planned developments and disposition of lots to merchant builders.
•Represented office building investor in disposition of four building technology office campus.
•Represented affiliates of automobile manufacturer in connection with the acquisition and disposition of automobile dealerships and all related real estate transactions.
•Represented regional home builder in connection with acquisition, disposition and construction financing for various single family and multi-family residential projects.


•San Diego Super Lawyer, 2015
•Southern California Super Lawyer, 2007-2014
•Legal 500, 2010-2015


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Office Information

Domenic C. Drago

12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200 (Del Mar Heights)
San DiegoCA 92130


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