CRAIG B. ETLIN
Craig Etlin's real estate practice includes all aspects of transactional real estate, including acquisitions, sales, financing, leasing of office, retail and industrial properties, negotiation of complex joint venture agreements for commercial and residential development projects, redevelopment law, and large portfolio transactions. Mr. Etlin has been involved in workouts of troubled projects, including foreclosures, restructuring of debt, restructuring of equity, resolution of partnership disputes, and resolution of construction disputes. He has also represented both owners and contractors in negotiations of construction contracts. Mr. Etlin's clients include domestic and foreign institutional investors, real estate developers, and large corporate users of real estate.
Mr. Etlin has lectured on commercial real estate lending and workouts, commercial leasing, purchase and sale agreements, construction and mechanic's lien law, and title insurance.
Prior to joining Shartsis Friese LLP, Mr. Etlin was a partner of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Kaiser Acquisition of PeopleSoft Campus.
Representation of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for twenty years in acquisition and disposition of real estate for various hospital and medical office campuses throughout California, including site assembly in 2005 and 2006 for the rebuilding of Kaiser’s flagship Oakland Hospital, and acquisition in 2005 and 2007 of portions of the former PeopleSoft campus in Pleasanton, California.
Redevelopment of Downtown San Francisco Retail Center.
Represented the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency on agreements for the redevelopment of the former Emporium department store site to accommodate a new Bloomingdale's store, a retail and entertainment mall, and office space. Mr. Etlin received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award for work on this project.
Sale of San Francisco Shopping Center.
Represented Emerald Fund, Inc., in connection with the sale of Potrero Center, a 227,000 square foot shopping center in San Francisco for $110 million.
City of Vallejo, the Vallejo Redevelopment Agency, and the Marine World Joint Powers Authority.
Restructured a complex option agreement pertaining to the leasing and management of the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Amusement Park in Vallejo, and eventual sale of the Park by the City to Six Flags.
Ed Roberts Campus Representation.
Represented, pro bono, The Ed Roberts Campus, a non-profit corporation founded by a consortium of other non-profit organizations that work in the area of disability rights and support for people with disabilities in living independently, in connection with the development of an office building adjacent to the Ashby BART station in Berkeley that serves as a home for the sponsoring non-profit organizations, as well as other organizations that provide services for people with disabilities.
Represented the sellers of a seven-property apartment and mixed-use portfolio in Berkeley, California, in connection with the sale of the portfolio to Equity Residential for $146 million, which included assumption of tax-exempt bond financing. The time of sale, this was the largest (by dollar value) single real estate transaction in the City of Berkeley to date.
Craig Etlin is recommended as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers In America 2007 through 2012, and Northern California Super Lawyers 2006 through 2012.
The State Bar of California Real Property Law Section 30th Annual Retreat | Diamonds in the Rough: Finding Opportunities in a Changing Market.
Practicing Law Institute - 13th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute.
University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1982)
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D., 1985)
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