Richard M. Shapiro

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Richard Shapiro has a diverse real estate practice representing clients in transactions related to complex project development, acquisitions and dispositions, entity formation, financing and venture workouts, leasing, land use and construction.

His transactional real estate experience involves a wide range of property types, including land for development, agriculture, residential subdivisions, apartment projects, corporate campus projects, industrial buildings and parks, hotels, marinas, shopping centers, mobile home parks and suburban and high-rise office buildings. He represents clients in connection with leasing for local and regional shopping centers, urban mixed use projects, office and industrial buildings and ground leases. His financing representation includes representation of lenders and borrowers in connection with construction and permanent financing, including participation arrangements for many property types, as well as loan restructuring. He also provides representation relating to operational issues, including reciprocal easement agreements, commercial condominium documents and management and real estate brokerage agreements. He has represented clients in the development and operation of a number of San Francisco projects including various Financial District buildings, projects in the Presidio and Mission Bay, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Fort Mason Center, The Exploratorium and the A.C.T. Strand Theater, as well as numerous suburban mixed use projects, including University Circle, East Palo Alto; Marina Village, Alameda; Vintage Park, Foster City; and McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas. Other experience includes military housing privatization and the development and leasing of wind and solar energy facilities.

Mr. Shapiro also counsels clients on CEQA compliance, zoning, annexations and general plan amendments, development agreements, redevelopment owner participation agreements and development and disposition agreements. His experience includes school, affordable housing, wetlands mitigation, subdivision improvement and reimbursement agreements. His representative large-scale development projects involve conversion of former industrial or agricultural lands to mixed use projects, urban and suburban redevelopment projects involving public and private finance and land ownership.

His construction experience includes representing owners, contractors and design professionals in connection with a wide range of construction projects throughout the U.S. and abroad, with extensive experience in public and private design-build arrangements for publicly owned facilities, including office buildings, cultural facilities, courthouses and rapid transit facilities.

Mr. Shapiro regularly lectures and conducts client seminars on construction and general real estate law issues. He authored a chapter in the ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry’s Fundamentals of Construction Law (Second Edition). He is the author of "The Lease as an Operational Tool" in the ULI Shopping Center Development Handbook (Second Edition) and "Construction-Related Agreements" in California Easements and Boundaries, Law and Litigation, California Continuing Education of the Bar.

He has been named to the "Northern California Super Lawyers" list and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law.


  • Board Member, Resources for Community Development
  • Trustee, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Former Trustee, University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
  • Former Trustee, The Urban School of San Francisco
  • Former Trustee, Legal Assistance for the Elderly
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Lambda Alpha (National Real Estate Honorary Society)