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 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; Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Co. in connection with its California winery and vineyard properties; 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, 2008-2015
•Northern California Super Lawyer, San Francisco Magazine, 2004-2015
•Northern California Top 50 Women Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2012
•Who's Who Legal, International & USA Real Estate, 2004-2014
Represent Chevalier International Holdings, Ltd., a publicly traded Hong Kong company, in connection with its acquisition of 21 assisted living facilities in North Carolina and 3 assisted living/skilled nursing facilities in Oregon, negotiation of third party operating leases, financing of the facilities, re-financings under a HUD-insured loan program and related property management matters.
Represent MacArthur Transit Community Partners, an affiliate of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, in developing the MacArthur BART Transit Village. The 624 residential unit project includes the construction of a BART Garage on land to be acquired for BART; a 90-unit, below-market rental phase to be constructed on land ground-leased from BART; and three market-rate phases with market-rate and below-market condominiums, 4, 500 sq. ft. of retail and commercial space, 5, 000 sq. ft. of community space, and related off-site improvements. Funding for the project derived from a combination of Proposition 1C grants, a federal transportation grant, tax-increment financing and private debt capital.
Retail counsel to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority in connection with the master lease of all retail, restaurant and entertainment spaces for and facilities management of the new San Francisco Transbay Terminal currently under construction.
Represented DHL Express in connection with a major expansion of its primary hub at Wilmington, OH, the financing of the expansion through private activity bonds issued by the Dayton Montgomery County Port Authority and the subsequent divestiture of the hub facility.
Represented DHL Express in ground-leasing, constructing and financing a number of regional distribution and sortation facilities, including the development, installation and financing either through private activity bonds or leveraged leases of state-of-the-art sort systems.
Represented Lend Lease Corporation in connection with the development of the Watermark luxury high-rise condominium project and the negotiation of a development and disposition agreement and related ground lease for the development of a proposed mixed-use cruise ship terminal facility to be located on Piers 30-32 in San Francisco.
Represented investment groups acquiring and selling commercial real estate assets and portfolios, including ownership interests in the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel, the Parker House in Boston and the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.
Represent major international spirits companies in connection with the acquisition, sale and lease of vineyard properties and wineries in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and elsewhere in California. Recently concluded the sale and leaseback under a long-term lease of 18 vineyard and winery properties in the Napa Valley.
Publications & News
•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 2014.