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.
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.
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 listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Real Estate Law category and is recognized as a Northern California SuperLawyer. He is also named a Top 25 Real Estate Lawyer by the Daily Journal.