Maso, Jeffrey B.

  San Francisco, California, USA
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Mr. Maso practices transactional real estate law, including real estate finance, acquisitions, workouts, and retail and office leasing, with particular emphasis on the negotiation and documentation of complex transactions.

A seasoned negotiator on behalf of commercial landlords, tenants, borrowers, lenders, buyers and sellers, Mr. Maso has developed broad experience in structuring transactions involving public agencies, nonprofits and other non-traditional parties. His practice emphasizes the creative resolution of real estate issues of all kinds, from representing parties in workouts and foreclosures and landlords dealing with the bankruptcies of their tenants, to resolving boundary disputes, negotiating and drafting complex multi-party reciprocal and airspace easement agreements, and representing tenants-in-common in fashioning and dissolving agreements for their co-ownership of real property.

Mr. Maso has worked on the legal team representing the owners of Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park) and participated in negotiating and drafting the ground lease for the waterfront land on which the Giants' ballpark was built. He also worked on the team representing Forest City Enterprises in obtaining approval for the proposed redevelopment of the former downtown Emporium department store;with Catellus Development Corporation in closing the massive land exchange with the City of San Francisco that enabled the development of Mission Bay to begin;and worked on the acquisition by The Gap, Inc. of its headquarters site at 250 Embarcadero in San Francisco.

Professional Activities
Mr. Maso serves on the Title Insurance and Surveys Committee and the Brokers and Brokerage Committee of the Real Property Section of the California State Bar and on the Subcommittee on Commercial and Real Estate Lending and the Banking Law, Commercial Financial Services, and Uniform Commercial Code Committees of the Business Law Section. Mr. Maso is a former real estate broker who once served as a member of the Grievance/Professional Standards Committee of the San Francisco Association of Realtors.

Mr. Maso attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate and earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1985. At Boalt, he served as an Articles Editor for the California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, he spent several years managing a large retail electronics business, and worked as an entertainment critic and feature writer for a Chicago newspaper.

Practice Area
Real estate and land use.