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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No Quarter: What Claims Doesn’t Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Protect Platform Companies Against?

Depending on what you read or who you talk to, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (47 U.S.C. § 230) (CDA) is either a tool of censorship, a shield of Big Tech that...

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10 Tips for Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination Policies

The Biden administration recently announced that it will be mandating Covid-19 vaccine policies for federal contractors and federal employees, as well as for employers with over 100 employees. This announcement, along with surging Delta...

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Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in 2021 Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Farella Braun + Martel’s Private Client Industry Group earned recognition in the 2021 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide as a leading firm in the Private Wealth Law category for Northern California. A publication...

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Legal Trends in the Wine Industry

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Farella Braun + Martel Announces Final Court Approval of $575 Million Settlement With Sutter Health in Landmark Antitrust Class Action

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo has granted final approval of the landmark $575 million antitrust class action settlement with Sutter Health, the largest...

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The Gorilla in the CERCLA Closet: Natural Resources Damages (Webcast)

Sarah Bell will present "The Gorilla in the CERCLA Closet: Natural Resources Damages" session at the ALI-CLE Environmental Litigation webcast.  She will cover: Creative applications of NRD claims Marshalling the NRD trustee’s case NRD...

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How Changes to California’s Fire Regulations Could Affect North Coast Housing Projects

Both the Board of Forestry and the State Senate are considering changes to state fire regulations that would affect real estate development in California. The first set of changes can be found in the...

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How to Guard Against 3 Cannabis Cyber Attack Risks

Cyber attacks are now commonplace. Ransomware attacks, in particular, have skyrocketed in frequency and size. High-profile data breaches have cost businesses in the United States millions of dollars in losses and incalculable reputational harm...

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Pushing for Diversity in Philanthropy

Join Farella's Wendy Hernandez and guest speaker, Afshan Paarlberg, assistant visiting professor at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, for the nonprofit industry program "Pushing for Diversity in Philanthropy." A pressing question for many philanthropists...

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Farella Braun + Martel Pursues Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that it is participating in the second iteration of the Midsize Mansfield Rule certification process, which aims to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership...

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