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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Wine Businesses, Lenders, and Difficult Conversations

The COVID-19 pandemic and public health efforts to combat it will impact different wine businesses in different ways. Those that depend on on-premise and direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales, such as restaurant, hospitality, and tasting room...

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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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CARES Act Money for Wineries?

Beginning tomorrow morning, April 3 rd , the Small Business Administration will begin accepting applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under the new CARES Act. Amid the flurry of news, small winery owners may...

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Farella COVID-19 Update: A Message From the Managing Partner

To our clients, alumni and friends, During these unsettling times, Farella Braun + Martel is focused on protecting the health and safety of our firm members, clients, and communities and doing our part to...

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Farella Advises on Sale of Diamond Creek Winery to Maison Louis Roederer

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, March 16, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel represented the family of the late Boots Brounstein on the sale of their Diamond Creek Winery in Calistoga, Calf. to French Champagne producer Maison...

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Daily Journal Names Farella Lawyers Among Top IP Lawyers in California

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partners Jeffrey M. Fisher and James L. Day were named to the 2020 list of “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal...

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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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Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure? (Webinar)

Join speakers, Matt Lewis and Janice Reicher, on the webinar discussing "Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure?"

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Insurers Brace for Coronavirus Hit to ‘Event Driven’ D&O Line

Mary McCutcheon was quote in the Claims Journal article,"Insurers Brace for Coronavirus Hit to ‘Event Driven’ D&O Line." Link to read the full article .

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CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Summary (Updated)

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was signed into law (the full 880-page text of the CARES Act is available here ). One feature of the CARES...

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