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Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP
401 B Street, Suite 1200
San Diego, California 92101
United States

Tel: 619.238.4815
Fax: 619.615.7915

Email: sbiel@swsslaw.com
Web: www.swsslaw.com

Scott is nationally‐recognized as an expert on the legal aspects of structuring and negotiating commercial leases and the acquisition and financing of commercial real estate projects. He works with clients from the initial structuring and engagement of the transaction-advisor team, and in their project site selection and pre-negotiation strategy, through the financing, acquisition, and design and construction of the final project. His clients include owners, managers and tenants of office, medical, retail, industrial and mixed‐use projects, with extensive experience in the unique aspects of research & development (R&D) and manufacturing facilities.

Scott represents clients on both sides of the negotiating table, primarily working with tenants and owner-occupants on the acquisition, financing and development of their real estate assets. He has advised clients in transactions involving millions of square feet of space throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and on several large single-tenant and multi-tenant transactions involving regional headquarters, research campuses, and manufacturing facilities in China, India, Europe and Israel, including ground leases of state and municipal-owned properties, tax-incentive leases, joint-development and convertible capital leases, sale-leasebacks and synthetic lease financings.

Scott brings a long-term perspective to the structuring and negotiation of transactions, with a dual focus on clearly allocating contractual rights and obligations and on the “user efficiency” of the final documents, so that clients are comfortable referring to them as an “operating manual” with clear provisions and processes in order to avoid costly errors and time‐consuming disputes under the alternative perception of the documents as “lawyers’ rulebooks”. His structuring and negotiation efforts are focused on providing clear advice and reasoned recommendations to clients based on a pragmatic balancing of the parties’ priorities and expediting completion of the transaction.

In his representation of clients managing or occupying multiple real estate assets, he is proactive in identifying opportunities to reduce the cost of portfolio leasing activities and to increase management efficiencies, such as opportunities to institute standardized agreements for smaller transactions, as well as for outside advisors’ services to be provided at a consistent standard of performance and at competitive rates across multiple markets, and to institute practices for the early identification (and avoidance) of potential violations and disputes, and for expediting the resolution of disputes without litigation… Over the past decade, Scott has worked with a premiere network of local co‐counsel in a number of foreign jurisdictions in developing lease documents that are acceptable for use in a particular market while incorporating provisions consistent with U.S. practice in order to facilitate management efficiency.

The Real Estate Law Practice:

Our real estate practice includes a full and broad range of real estate matters for a diverse group of clients and encompasses all phases of real estate investment, financing (including workouts and restructurings), development (including mixed-use high rise development), ownership and operation.

We regularly assist our clients in purchase and sale transactions, construction, mezzanine and permanent financing, joint ventures, limited and general partnerships, limited liability companies, co-tenancy arrangements, development agreements, construction contracts, as well as hospitality matters. We handle leasing transactions on behalf of landlords and tenants including ground leases, retail, industrial, biotech, office and build-to-suit leases.

Our real estate attorneys are active in assisting general business clients in facilities leasing and acquisition, land use and zoning matters, operational and property management issues, and all aspects of forming and operating common interest developments such as condominium projects and planned developments. Additionally our team has built specialized expertise in the representation of developers of projects financed by credit-enhanced municipal bonds, particularly multifamily housing bonds.

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP:

Solomon Ward’s legal team is dedicated to achieving excellence in the eyes of our clients, and we have consistently succeeded in this endeavor since 1977. As a result we enjoy a stellar reputation in the San Diego courts and community, with broader recognition achieved nationally on select casework, and through our affiliation with a prestigious nationwide network of law firms.

Our core beliefs are to be accessible and responsive to our clients, to provide practical solutions based on our extensive experience, and to bill transparent, reasonable fees for our services. With many of our lawyers formerly with large national and international firms, we are able to deliver services of the same caliber but at a substantial cost reduction due to our mid-sized business model.

From Fortune 500 companies to emerging corporations to entrepreneurs, our clients appreciate our sophistication, deep legal expertise and professional sensitivity as we work to advance favorable outcomes on their behalf.


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