Joan H. Story: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Joan H. Story


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Practice Areas

  • Finance
  • Real Estate Lending
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use
  • and Environmental
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Real Estate Development
  • Hospitality
  • Wine
University Occidental College, B.A., 1965; University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 1967
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Davis, J.D., 1977
Admitted1977, California


•Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers

•Member, Lambda Alpha, the honorary land economics society

•Member, Real Estate Law Advisory Committee, Practicing Law Institute

•Member and former Co-Chair, Trust for Public Land's California Advisory Board


Joan H. Story is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin's San Francisco office and formerly a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Story's practice emphasizes real estate investment, financing and leasing transactions. Her clients include developers, institutional and foreign investors, corporate real estate users, pension funds and pension fund advisors and lenders. Her experience encompasses land acquisition and development, construction, permanent and tax-exempt financings, joint venture and limited liability entity formation, acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, leasing and other portfolio management issues, as well as loan and partnership workouts. She has developed a particular expertise in the hospitality area and in the structuring of Islamic investment in US real estate.

Ms. Story's clients include DHL Express, for whom she handles leasing, facilities development and related financing matters throughout the United States; Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Co. in connection with its California and Washington winery and vineyard properties; and MacArthur Transit Community Partners, the developer of a 624 residential unit transit village; and The Irvine Company.


•Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence, San Francisco Business Times, 2011

•Real Estate Dealmaker of the Year, Daily Journal, 2011

•Northern California Leading Real Estate Lawyers, Transactions and Finance, The Legal 500, 2007-2013

•Who's Who Legal: California, 2008-2013

•Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2004-2013

•Northern California Top 50 Women Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2012

•Who's Who Legal, International & USA Real Estate, 2004-2013


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Joan H. Story

Seventeenth Floor, Four Embarcadero Center
San FranciscoCA 94111


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