Corporate Clients


The attorneys in our Leasing Group have vast experience representing landlords and tenants in the negotiation and documentation of commercial, retail and industrial leases.  We have successfully negotiated and documented leases and lease amendments involving millions of square feet of space in both downtown and suburban markets across the country, including national law firm and financial service company leases, leases for Fortune 500 companies, and leases for full-service restaurants, fast food operations, bookstores, grocery stores and banking facilities.  In addition, we have significant experience handling ground leases, sale/leaseback transactions, license agreements (including telecommunications licenses) and equity-sharing agreements.

Our  skill and expertise in the leasing area enables us to efficiently and effectively represent landlord and tenant clients with respect to the ongoing aspects of the landlord/tenant relationship, such as lease disputes, restructurings, terminations and unlawful detainer proceedings.  We have years of experience counseling and advising our landlord clients with respect to all areas of asset management, including the negotiation and documentation of service provider contracts (such as security and janitorial) and brokerage agreements for individual tenant representation and for exclusive agency representation in building leasing programs. 

Chambers USAFor the third year in a row, Chambers & Partners USA (Chambers), has ranked Gilchrist & Rutter among the top California real estate law firms.  Gilchrist & Rutter is recognized for its leasing work, and its high-quality expertise in purchase and sale agreements.  Chambers says: “This compact but vibrant Santa Monica group is recommended for its leasing work…” and "The group's best attribute is responsiveness. The lawyers do a good job of protecting our interests."  Click here to link to the Chambers ranking online.

Leasing Articles

Agreeing to Agree: Why Letters of Intent May be Construed as Legally Binding (PDF)
Diane J. Hvolka
Daily Journal, December 3, 2012

Letters Of Intent: They May Not Always Be Interpreted As Intended (PDF)
Diane J. Hvolka
Real Estate Finance & Investment, August 2012

Caving’ Carefully: Some Lease Concessions Shouldn’t be made (PDF)
Steven P. Heller
California Real Estate Journal, December 14, 2009

Don't Let Tenant's Rent Abatement Apply to Additional TIA (PDF)
Susan Fowler McNally
Commercial Lease Law Insider, February, 2009.

Negotiating and Managing Retailers Exclusive Use Rights (PDF)
Steven P. Heller
California Real Estate Journal, September 8, 2008

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