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

Publication

California's AB5 Codifies Stricter Rules for Independent Contractors - What Employers Need to Know

On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB5, codifying the ABC test for distinguishing employees from independent contractors and expanding its application beyond California’s Wage Orders. While AB5 does not...

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Event

CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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How Napa County Seeks to Streamline the Winery Permit Process

Recently, local members of the wine industry in the Napa County area of Northern California have been actively engaged with county government in discussions regarding ways to streamline the winery use permit process. Frustrated with...

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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News

Kelly Matayoshi Installed as President of UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association Board of Governors

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Farella Braun + Martel Advises on Sale of 2,300-Acre Foote Ranch

Farella Braun + Martel represented a trust that owned 50% of the iconic 2,300-acre Foote Ranch in Sonoma, California in disputes with the ranch’s co-owners and in the subsequent $23.7 million sale of the...

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News

Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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3 Lessons For Calif. Insureds From Late-Notice Rule Decision

In Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company,[1] the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule[2] is a fundamental public policy of California...

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Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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Facebook Suspends Apps That Scrape Data From Its Platform Following Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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