Misti M. Schmidt

Special Counsel

Misti Schmidt has significant experience with structuring, negotiating, and closing land conservation transactions.

Misti also has expertise in the acquisition, disposition, financing, and leasing of commercial real estate. She assists developer, landlord, tenant, and non-profit clients with the purchase, sale, and leasing of office, retail, and industrial property. Misti has particular experience representing start-up and tech clients in real estate matters and has advised corporate clients with respect to real estate or environmental issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings.

Professional Activities

Misti Schmidt is admitted to practice law in California and Washington. She is on the Editorial Board and is an issue editor for the California Real Property Journal, which is published by the State Bar’s Real Property Law Section. She is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Real Property and Environmental Law Sections. Prior to law school, Misti served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Kansas City, Missouri.

Honors & Awards

Misti was selected to receive the California State Bar Real Property Section’s 2016 Morning Star Award for young lawyers who have shown “early promise in real property practice and dedication of service to the State Bar and the highest ethical standards.”  She is consistently honored for her pro bono legal services, including by the San Francisco Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program with the Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award and by and the by the State Bar of California with the Wiley W. Manual Award.


Misti received her B.A. from Louisiana State University (2002), where she graduated cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (2007), where she received a Certificate in Environmental Law and was Associate Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly.

Misti is currently pursuing an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Misti is a contributing author to the firm’s Law on Purpose blog, which provides insights into the emerging space of social enterprise and impact investing. Her recent articles include: 

Misti's additional publications and speaking engagements include:

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.


Azaya Ranch Vineyard

Coblentz represented the tenant, McEvoy of Marin (a subsidiary of McEvoy Ranch), with the negotiation of their first vineyard lease, located in Marin County. McEvoy of Marin will produce pinot noir under the Azaya Ranch Vineyard label.


Mercedes Benz of Medford

Ronnie Lott has been involved in the automobile business since retiring from the San Francisco 49ers in 1995. When Lott decided to sell one of his dealerships, he chose Coblentz for representation based on our strong reputation in the industry: we have served as outside General Counsel in more...

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...

Tejon Ranch

Heralded as one of the largest land use and conservation projects in California history, the Tejon Ranch deal represents one of Coblentz’s crowning achievements in this arena. We represented Tejon Ranch Co., a publicly traded company, in the negotiation of an agreement with five...