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Practice Areas


University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. 1974

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, B.S., 1955

Professional Affiliations

Bar Association of San Francisco

American Bar Association, Section of Real Property Probate and Trust Law, Commercial Leasing Committee

International Council of Shopping Centers

Urban Land Institute

Past President, Berkeley Repertory Theater Board of Directors

Member, Board of Trustees, NPR Foundation

Adjunct Professor of Law, Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Miami Law School, Masters Program in Real Estate Development Law

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section - Inactive Status


Author, Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Leases, published in 1990 by a division of Longman’s and re-issued in 2001 by Mesa House Publishing.

Mr. Zankel has also been the author of numerous articles published in real estate and legal journals.


Martin Zankel is inactive Emeritus Counsel to the firm. He has specialized in large, multifaceted property transactions and has represented national retailers, real estate developers and investors in a variety of transactions, including in major acquisitions.

Mr. Zankel’s expertise has extended to the efficient sale and acquisition of business entities. He has had extensive experience in navigating clients through structurally complex acquisition, financing, and restructuring transactions.

Representative Matters

Mr. Zankel was instrumental in managing a major institutional joint venture for a developer and in the $2,000,000,000 restructuring of equity and lending interests with an institutional lender on behalf of a real estate investor-developer.

Mr. Zankel represented the sellers in the sale of the major West Coast auction house to a Fortune 500 company.

Mr. Zankel managed the phase-out of a 28-store division for a retail client who elected to exit a single geographic market.

Mr. Zankel has managed the acquisition financing of a nine-figure package of secured loans for a real estate company and was instrumental in the re-financing of this loan two years later.