E. Venessa Henlon


Venessa Henlon represents property owners and tenants ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies in various real estate transactions including property acquisition, disposition and leasing matters. In addition to her expertise in traditional commercial real estate transactions, Venessa brings a deep understanding of the issues facing developers and public entities in public/private transactions, initially acquired in her prior roles representing the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and the City and County of San Francisco as a San Francisco Deputy City Attorney, and broadened in her representation of The Exploratorium in its development and lease of Piers 15-17 in San Francisco and the 49ers in the development of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Prior to joining the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, Venessa was a real estate attorney at the law firms of Morrison & Foerster LLP and Steefel, Levitt & Weiss where she represented governmental agencies, developers, financial institutions and real estate owners and tenants in a wide variety of real estate matters.

Professional Activities

Venessa is a member of the Real Property Section of the California State Bar and the Bar Association of San Francisco where she served as a volunteer arbitrator for fee dispute matters. She served as a volunteer mediator for SEEDS Community Resolution Center and is a member of the Board of Directors of the East Bay Community Law Center.


Venessa received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Stanford University (1990), and earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (1995).

Case Studies

A major utilities company

Coblentz acts as lead outside real estate counsel to a major utilities company, which, over the past several years, has included representation of the utility in its acquisition of numerous sites for solar installations.



When the Exploratorium, an internationally renowned museum of science, art and human perception, decided to relocate to a nine-acre 330,000 square foot campus on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, they chose Coblentz as lead counsel on all aspects of the development, leasing, subleasing and...

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...