Katie Ann Jacobsen

Katie Ann Jacobsen: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP
  • Special Counsel at Duane Morris LLP
  • 750 B Street, Suite 2900, San Diego, CA 92101
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Katie Jacobsen practices in the area of real estate law, representing a wide range of developers in connection with residential, commercial and mixed-use projects, including California Bureau of Real Estate matters. She regularly advises clients of all sizes in connection with projects ranging from large scale master planned communities to urban infill projects and high-rise condominiums.

Ms. Jacobsen has practiced extensively in the area of common interest development law and has represented clients in establishing governance structures, preparing form sales documents obtaining public reports (permits to sell) from the California Bureau of Real Estate, and obtaining project approvals from Fannie Mae, the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs for developments throughout California. Her experience in this area involves work with the Bureau of Real Estate, local governments and federal agencies in obtaining approvals of common interest development project documents.

Her practice has also included representation of home builders and non-home builders in connection with the intricacies of complying with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

Ms. Jacobsen’s practice is statewide and she has represented proponents of both large and small common interest developments in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, San Diego, Solano and Ventura.

Ms. Jacobsen is a 2001 magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was executive editor of the San Diego Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif, and a cum laude graduate of St. Olaf College.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Special Counsel, 2017-present
•Dentons US LLP
- Counsel, 2015-2017
•Liner LLP
- Partner, 2014-2015
•McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP
- Partner, 2012-2014
•Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP
- Associate, 2005-2012
•Hecht, Solberg Robinson, Goldberg & Bagley LLP
- Associate, 2001-2005

Selected Publications

•Update editor, Chapter 7 (Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions), Forming California Common Interest Developments, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2013-2016

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Real Estate Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
619 744 2228  Phone
619 923 3578  Fax
University Attended:
St. Olaf College, B.A., cum laude, 1981
Law School Attended:
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Executive Editor, San Diego Law Review; Order of the Coif, 2001
Year of First Admission:
2001, California

Professional Activities

•California Building Industry Association
- Bureau of Real Estate Council, Member, 2012-present; Chair, 2013-2014
•San Diego Building Industry Association
- Bureau of Real Estate Subcommittee, Member, 2006-present; Chair, 2007-2014

Birth Information:
Northfield, Minnesota, June 30, 1959
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Represented national home builder in connection with preparation of project documentation and obtaining Bureau of Real Estate approvals for neighborhoods in major master planned community in the City of Lake Forest.; Represented developer in connection with the preparation of documentation for master and condominium associations for luxury high-rise development in downtown Los Angeles, as well as various sales-related documentation.; Represented national home builder in connection with the preparation of master and sub-association governing documents for residential development in the City of Santa Clara.; Represented multiple private home builders in connection with preparing project documentation and obtaining Bureau of Real Estate approvals for various neighborhoods in 3,500+ unit master planned development in the City of Chula Vista.; Represented developer in connection with the preparation of governing documents for master, commercial and residential associations and residential sales documentation for mixed-use development in downtown Encinitas.; Represented property owner in preparing CC&Rs for Costa Mesa mixed-use commercial development.; Represented affordable housing developer in preparing governing documents for a high-rise mixed-use development in downtown San Diego.

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