He has extensive involvement in representing both foreign and domestic investors in the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing, financing, and joint venture of office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, industrial parks, and apartments. In the 2021 Northern California Real Estate category of Chambers USA, a client said, “Mike is one of the most respected real estate attorneys in the US. His experience and responsiveness are unparalleled. He is able to cut to the chase and focus on the real risks.”
His clients include RREEF America L.L.C. and its various separate accounts, Bentall Kennedy Group, New York Life Insurance Company, Alecta Investments Management (USA), Morgan Stanley, BlackRock Realty Advisors, Heitman Properties, McMorgan & Company, Gerson Bakar & Associates, Legacy Partners Commercial, Inc., Broadreach Capital Partners LLC, CharterMac Mortgage Capital, GLL US Office, L.P., University of California, Rockwood Capital Corporation, Industrial Income Trust, Inc., Stockbridge Real Estate Funds, Divco West Properties, Bristol Group, Cargill, the City & County of San Francisco, CalPERS, IowaPERS, Mass PRIM, San Bernardino County Retirement System, the County of San Diego Retirement System, the County of Alameda Retirement System, the City of Sacramento, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, RNM Properties, Union Property Capital and Starbucks Corporation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mike had been a partner (1984-1996) and an associate (1978-1984) at Morrison & Foerster LLP. He was Managing Partner for Operations for Morrison & Foerster LLP from 1989 through 1994.