Joan H. Story is Of Counsel 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 and senior housing areas 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; the San Francisco Transbay Transit Center in connection with the master retail lease and facilities management of the Center; MacArthur Transit Community Partners, the developer of a 624 residential unit transit village; and Chevalier International Holdings, Ltd. in connection with its investment in assisted living facilities throughout the United States.
•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, 2007-2014
•Named to Who's Who Legal: Real Estate, 2008-2016
•Northern California Super Lawyer, San Francisco Magazine, 2004-2016
•Northern California Top 50 Women Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2012
•Who's Who Legal, International & USA Real Estate, 2004-2016
•Contributing author to Real Estate Transactions: A Practical Global Guide, Acquisition of Real Estate in the United States, Globe Business Publishing Ltd, 2012
•Contributing author to and update editor for CEB's Ground Lease Practice treatise
•Clean Investing, October 29, 2003
•Peeking Under the Covers: Due Diligence in Hotel Transactions, California Real Property Reporter, July 1996
•Contributing author to and an update editor for CEB's Office Leasing treatise
•Ms. Story has lectured for California Continuing Education of the Bar, Practising Law Institute, CLE International and other groups on subjects of concern to real estate practitioners, including structuring of joint ventures and mixed debt/equity investments; public-private partnerships; hazardous materials issues in real property transactions; real estate construction lending; negotiation of commercial leases, purchase and sale transactions; representing borrowers in loan transactions; and the art of negotiation.
•Ms. Story served as speaker at San Francisco Structures, an annual event that focuses on development issues, economic challenges, the real estate and construction climate and projects that are reshaping San Francisco, in 2008 through 2015.