Alan C. Gennis


Alan Gennis's real estate practice emphasizes acquisitions and dispositions, as well as commercial leasing matters. With an M.B.A. and a working background in business, Alan has special insight into the complexities and challenges his clients face. Working with impeccable responsiveness, he assists his clients in getting their transactions completed quickly and effectively. Alan currently serves as one of the firm's co-managing partners.

Alan has over 20 years of experience in negotiating and drafting purchase and sale, lease, construction, and finance documents for Fortune 500 Companies, technology companies, and both large institutional and smaller real estate developers, such as Focil-MB and Mission Bay Development Group in connection with the 300-acre Mission Bay project in San Francisco. He also represents Equity Office in connection with its leasing and ownership of more than 5,000,000-square-feet of office and R&D properties in Northern California.

Alan acts as lead counsel to other national real estate companies as well, such as Lincoln Property Company and The Carlyle Group, in various development, leasing and purchase and sale transactions in Northern California.

Alan is also the firm’s lead transactional real estate partner in its representation of the San Francisco 49ers with respect to its leasing of Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Notable Representations

ProLogis (successor to Catellus Development Corporation) and Focil-MB in the Mission Bay Redevelopment Project

The Mission Bay Redevelopment Project is a 300-acre, mixed-use project that includes eight million square feet of commercial use space, a 43-acre U.C. Expansion Campus, and 6,000 housing units. This is one of California's largest and most successful redevelopment projects, and Coblentz has been involved as the lead real estate counsel for over two decades. In 2011, Coblentz worked with Focil-MB in negotiating and closing a land deal in Mission Bay, valued at nearly $70 million. This complex deal involved three owners swapping properties and entitlements for more than 600 residents.

Honors & Awards

Alan is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the Real Estate - California category. Alan is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Real Estate Law category and is recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer. He was also named a Top 25 Real Estate Lawyer by the Daily Journal.

Professional Activities

Alan is a member of the Real Property Sections of both the American Bar Association and the California State Bar, and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has spoken on leasing issues at professional conferences and has authored articles on complex leasing issues.


Alan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (1983) with a degree in economics. After working with a consulting firm in Southern California, he attended the University of Chicago where he earned his J.D. and M.B.A. in 1988.

Case Studies

San Francisco 49ers

The work we’ve done as lead real estate and corporate counsel for the San Francisco 49ers and its affiliates includes large, complex, and seemingly impossible deals: everything from an ownership reorganization to a major real estate and land use project to advising on complex property and...

SoMa Expansion

The South of Market (SoMa) area of San Francisco has exploded in recent years, fueled by the technology sector, and Coblentz has had the privilege of helping many companies entitle projects and secure leases in this vibrant neighborhood. Coblentz counseled Flynn Properties Inc. in its 60,000...