Paul C. Levin


Paul Levin's practice includes all aspects of real estate transactions, including purchase and sale, leasing, and land use entitlements, with a particular focus on seeing projects through from beginning stages to completion.

Prior to joining the firm, Paul was an associate in the real estate group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and worked for Edgemoor Real Estate Services, a division of the Clark Construction Group, focusing on real estate development and public-private partnerships.

Paul is a contributing author of the firm’s Unfamiliar Terrain blog, which provides insights into the complex Bay Area land use landscape.

Notable Representations:

Purchase and Sale

  • Represented the developer of Market Square on the acquisition and entitlements related to two key buildings totaling over one million square feet of office and retail space in San Francisco's Mid-Market district. The project was developed for technology start-up tenants and is the headquarters for Twitter. The project won a 2012 "Deal of the Year" award from the San Francisco Business Times.
  • Represented Mission West Properties in the $1.3 billion sale of over seventy properties in Silicon Valley. This deal was named the Biggest Commercial Real Estate Deal of 2012 by the San Jose Business Times.
  • Represented the purchaser on the acquisition of a 250 unit apartment complex in Campbell, California.
  • Represented the purchaser of an entitled development site in Santa Clara, California.
  • Represented the seller in the sale of a portfolio of three buildings in the Seattle metro area totaling over 830,000 square feet of office space.


  • Represented a major retailer in lease negotiations to become the anchor tenant in a new historic, mixed-use district in San Francisco.
  • Represents a large property owner in the leasing and development of retail and restaurant spaces.
  • Represented the developer of The Yard at Mission Rock in lease negotiations with Anchor Steam, Peet's Coffee & Tea, North Face, and others.


  • Worked for the developer of the UCSF Sandler Neurosciences Building on the construction and development of 237,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.  The project was delivered as a public-private partnership where the developer designed, built and assisted UCSF in the financing of the building, and manages the building. The deal won the San Francisco Business Times 2013 "Deal of the Year" award for New Research & Development and was a finalist for the San Francisco Business Times 2011 Public-Private Partnership "Deal of the Year" award.
  • Represented a public agency on development agreements, ground leases, and deal structuring for transit-oriented development projects across the Bay Area.

Construction and Design

  • Represented the Boys and Girls Club on the expansion of the club's site in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
  • Represents an affordable housing developer on construction contracts for multi-family projects across the Bay Area.
  • Represents architects on design agreements for commercial and residential projects.

Professional Activities

Paul is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), the past chair of BASF's Barrister's Environment, Land Use and Real Estate section, and a member of the Public-Private Infrastructure subsection of the California state bar association.  Paul is also the Vice-Chair of the Green and Sustainable Transactions Committee of the Real Property, Trust and Estates section of the American Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the ULI Young Leaders Group and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR).

Paul serves on the board of directors of the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi).

Paul is a LEED Green Associate and served on the USGBC Northern California chapter's committee that determined the regional priority credits now included in LEED v4.


Paul earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. He graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2005, where he earned his B.A. in political science with an interdisciplinary focus on urban development.

Case Studies

California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)

We have extensive experience in advising medical institutions on real estate acquisition, development, and defense of legal challenges to project entitlements. A prime examples of this is our service as lead counsel for Sutter-affiliated California Pacific Medical Center’s $2.7 billion...

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...