Biography

Richard Rabbitt is a partner in Farella Braun + Martel's Real Estate & Land Use Department and has more than 19 years of real estate and business transactional experience.

Richard's practice focuses on complex commercial real estate transactions. He regularly advises commercial real estate developers and owners with respect to the negotiation and documentation of acquisitions, financing, development, leasing, and dispositions, together with the formation and structuring of ownership entities. He has negotiated and drafted purchase and sale contracts, partnership and limited liability company agreements, ground leases, loan documents, development agreements, office and retail leases, and property management agreements.

His renewable energy practice includes solar power project development. He led a team of Farella real estate attorneys advising one of the world's premier solar development companies on one of the largest solar power projects being developed in California.

Richard has negotiated multiple waterfront development projects in San Francisco involving public/private partnerships with the Port of San Francisco, including the developers for both the $100 million restoration of San Francisco's historic Ferry Building project and the Piers 1 1/2, 3 and 5 waterfront property. These projects included the negotiation of complex development agreements and long term (50-66 year) ground leases with the Port of San Francisco.

He has experience in negotiating landlord/tenant and lender/borrower workout agreements with distressed tenants, landlords, and developers, using innovative workout structures intended to benefit all parties through avoidance of bankruptcy and costly litigation.

Notable prior real estate transactions include: the $200 million Foundry Square development in the San Francisco Financial District; negotiation of Ferry Building Marketplace retail leases; acquisition and financing of $250 million of premier vineyard properties in California; co-counsel to joint venture for $400 million Westfield San Francisco Centre/Emporium redevelopment; and negotiation of a 300,000 square foot lease at San Francisco's landmark Transamerica Pyramid. Richard has also represented The Coca-Cola Company on various California real estate matters.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Chair (2011), Vice Chair (2010), Government and Public Affairs Committee, San Francisco Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA)
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California
  • NAIOP San Francisco

Firm Highlights

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Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements for Utility-Scale Battery Projects

The negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a battery energy storage systems (BESS) project typically surfaces many of the same contractual risk allocation issues that one encounters in the negotiation...

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Treatment of Commercial Leases in Tenant Bankruptcy - The Basics

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the nation’s economy, we have started to see bankruptcy filings by well-known companies such as GNC, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s...

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7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy

As states are relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions, employers should remain cautious about business travel. California’s public health orders still limit travel to an “urgent matter” or that which is “essential to your permitted work.” Given...

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PDC 2020 PD Virtual Summer Camp

Sarah Good will be speaking at the Professional Development Consortium's live webinar, "Diversity Sponsorship Law Firm Programs." Details: Sponsorship is critical to the retention and advancement to partnership of associates at law firms. We will...

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Farella Names New White Collar Defense & Internal Corporate Investigations Practice Co-Chairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel announces that Senior Associates Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher have been appointed co-chairs of its White Collar Defense and...

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Community Reinvestment Groups Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Gutting Anti-Redlining Rules

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, OCC’s Rushed Rule Lessens Accountability for Banks, Silences Communities Impacted by Systemic Lending Discrimination National Community Reinvestment Coalition, California Reinvestment Coalition Seek to Halt Unlawful Rule, Protect Vulnerable Communities Federal Reserve...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Don Sobelman will be speaking at LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages live webinar, "Common Law Claims for Natural Resource Damages." Details: Marching into the void resulting from lack...

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Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in 2020 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel’s Private Client Industry Group earned recognition in the 2020 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide as a leading firm in the Private Wealth Law category...

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