Biography

Greg Shean chairs the Real Estate Transactions and Development industry group. He maintains a broad based real estate practice, counseling clients in the areas of joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, development, financing, leasing, workouts and restructurings, and construction matters. Greg’s clients include investment funds, developers, institutional and non-institutional investors, family offices, hotel companies, and high net worth individuals. His experience spans the office, retail, hospitality, multifamily and single family residential and, industrial sectors. 

Greg’s practice is deliberately diverse, and he acts as a trusted advisor and counselor to both longstanding and newer clients, who rely on his judgment, deep experience, and legal expertise. He prioritizes accessibility, and the provision of advice that integrates business and strategic thinking with the legal issues at hand. By understanding the business objectives of his clients, he is able to provide practical advice that helps his clients achieve their goals as quickly and efficiently as possible. Additionally, from his decades of experience, especially in  the Bay Area real estate market, he is able to advise clients on what the “market” positions are in various transactions, often facilitating a smoother path to the completion of the clients’ transactions. 

Prior to joining Farella, Greg was the General Counsel of a fully-integrated hotel ownership, development, and management company, where he was responsible for all legal, compliance, and risk-management matters.

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law for 2019.  

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Hotel + Lodging Association
  • Member, Programs Committee, Urban Land Institute

Firm Highlights

Publication

Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2019

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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Event

North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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News

Daily Journal Names Jeff Fisher Among Top IP Lawyers in California

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Event

CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Event

Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

Barbara Murphy, Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens, speakers, Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

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