SPIRE and The Real Property Law Section Host the Second Annual REAL Symposium
About The Real Estate and Law (REAL) Symposium
The REAL Symposium is a collaboration of the State Bar Real Property Law Section and SPIRE. Distinguished speakers will address cutting-edge business and legal issues pertaining to the real estate industry. The REAL Symposium is designed:
- to provide all types of real estate professionals, as well as academics and government personnel, with critical information and perspectives from leaders in the industry on current and future challenges and trends.
- to provide real estate attorneys with continuing legal education and a greater appreciation for the business context in which legal services are provided; and
- to provide real estate business professionals with current “best practices” and a greater appreciation for the legal issues involved with their properties, projects and work.
The REAL Symposium is also designed to provide attendees with an opportunity to ask questions, to engage in meaningful discussions and to network with speakers, other leaders and attendees, both during the Symposium and at the hosted reception that follows.
We are excited to present REAL Symposium 2013. The Planning Committee has arranged a great program with outstanding keynote speakers and panelists on critical subjects for the real estate industry in the present economy. This Symposium will be a half-day event at Paul Brest Hall in Stanford’s Munger Executive Conferences Center. SPIRE and the State Bar plan to expand the Symposium into a full-day event in future years.
We invite you to attend REAL Symposium 2013. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
The following pages provide more details about the programming, speakers, sponsors and registration, which will be updated as additional information is confirmed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Andy Walburger, SPIRE’s Executive Director at (949) 660-1293, email@example.com; Ken Whiting (contact information below); or any other member of the Planning Committee.
Co-Chair REAL Symposium 2013
Dostart Development Company, LLC
(650) 322-0739; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth R. Whiting, Jr.
Co-Chair REAL Symposium 2013
Advisor, Real Property Law Section
The State Bar of California
Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
(415) 901-8617; email@example.com
REAL Symposium 2013 Planning Committee
- Chris Bailey, RB Capital Partners
- Stephanie Carman, California State Bar
- John K. Chapin, California Continuing Education of the Bar
- David Fu, David Fu Esq.
- Erica Hess, Berbay Corporation
- Skip Justman, Justman Associates
- David P. Lanferman, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
- John Mackel, Larkspur Hotels
- Greg Markow, The Markow Law Group
- Julie Martinez, California State Bar
- Ashley Means, SPIRE
- Jose Mendoza, Klinedinst PC
- Donald C. Nanney, Gilchrist & Rutter Prof. Corp.
- Scott Rogers, Rutan & Tucker
- Mia Weber Tindle, Bingham McCutcheon LLP
- Gillian van Muyden, Glendale City Attorney’s Office
- Andy Walburger, SPIRE
- Kenneth R. Whiting, Jr., Schiff Hardin LLP
- Pamela Wilson, California State Bar
- Mary Work, Mary Work Esq.
Program Schedule and Speakers
11:30 a.m.. - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Welcome – Symposium Co-Chairs
- Steve Dostart, President, Dostart Development Company, LLC
- Kenneth R. Whiting, Jr., Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP; Advisor, Executive Committee, Real Property Law Section, The State Bar of California
12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Featured Panel 1:
Place of Mind: Tech Space Use and Real Estate Ramifications
Moderator: Tim Tosta, Partner, McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP,
- Ed Alexson, Director of Real Estate & Facilities, Twitter
- Tiffany Griego, Director of Asset Management, Stanford Real Estate
- Justin Gurvitz, Real Estate Counsel, Facebook
- John Igoe, Director, Design & Construction, Northern California, Google
- Thomas Robinson, Principal, Lever Architecture
Technology and social media companies are offering new paradigms for the workplace. In an unending quest to attract the best talent, to nurture the height of creativity, and to harvest the innovative products of collaborative thinking, these companies are changing what it means to "work." But these shifts in the workplace also lead to changes affecting the communities in which they operate. Issues of sustainability, transportation, housing and demographic transitions accompany the economic benefits that these companies bestow.
Join us for an informal conversation with the leading thinkers in the most recognized and prolific organizations that are indeed shaping a new way for the Bay Area workplace. We will discuss how they do what they do, what they think about, how they interact with their communities and what they forecast for the future of workspace and its ramifications to the real estate industry.
2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Economic Policy and Reality in the New Presidential Term
John B. Taylor, Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Please be sure to be on hand for Mr. Taylor’s insightful thoughts and ideas on current economic trends and recent political events.
2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.
3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Featured Panel 2: Redevelopment Agencies- Gone with the Wind: From the Wind-Down to What’s Next
Moderator: Gillian van Muyden, Chief Assistant City Attorney, City Attorney’s Office, Glendale, California
- Richard Close, Partner, Gilchrist & Rutter PC
- Zane Gresham, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
- Denise Pinkston, Partner, TMG Partners
Redevelopment Agencies remain dissolved without replacement following Governor Brown’s veto of redevelopment legislation. Tax increment financing for redevelopment projects – Gone! The use of eminent domain to assemble land for private redevelopment – Gone! To help you move on to What’s Next, this panel of legal and business experts will discuss these and other questions: What did we lose when Redevelopment Agencies were dissolved? What processes, challenges and opportunities arise from the wind-down? What is happening with mid-stream projects and assets in the hands of successor agencies or oversight boards? What methods, means and financing are available for real estate developers going forward? What incentives and support can or should public agencies offer for projects? What kinds of projects will be feasible in this new era? What complications may arise from laws still on the books but with assumptions that no longer exist? How are real estate developers dealing (or how might they deal) with the business and legal challenges of this sea change?
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Real Estate Development: A View from Our Island
Michael Covarrubias, Chairman & CEO, TMG Partners
San Francisco and Silicon Valley are leading a post-2008/2009 economic recovery that is truly unique in the United States, as well as the world. This raises the question: Can the Bay Area preserve its status as an island above the rest of the choppy waters?
During the past 28 years, TMG Partners has developed millions of square feet of mixed use projects all over the Bay Area. Come listen to one company’s perspective.
5:10 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Michael Covarrubias, Chairman and CEO, TMG Partners
Mike Covarrubias is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TMG Partners. Mr. Covarrubias chairs TMG’s Investment Committee, oversees all of the company’s operations, and has directed the company since 1995. His professional background includes 17 years with Union Bank, including commercial and real estate lending, as well as administrative management. In his last position, he served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Union Bank’s Silicon Valley Regional Real Estate Center. He holds a BA in business administration from the University of San Francisco.
Mr. Covarrubias is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), serves on the local San Francisco District Council advisory board and is a member of the Leadership Board of The Bay Area Council. He participates at many ULI San Francisco events, including YLG’s “Learn from the Best” and ULIsf’s Emerging Trends conference.
John B. Taylor is the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He chairs the Hoover Working Group on Economic Policy and is director of Stanford’s Introductory Economics Center.
Mr. Taylor's fields of expertise are monetary policy, fiscal policy, and international economics. His book Getting Off Track was one of the first on the current financial crisis; his latest book, First Principles, develops an economic plan to restore America’s prosperity.
Mr. Taylor served as senior economist on President Ford's and President Carter’s Council of Economic Advisers, as a member of President George H. W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, and as a senior economic adviser to Bob Dole’s presidential campaign, to George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000, and to John McCain’s presidential campaign. He was a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 2001. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Taylor served as Undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs, where he was responsible for currency markets, international development, for oversight of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and for coordinating policy with the G-7 and G-20.
Mr. Taylor received the Bradley Prize from the Bradley Foundation and the Adam Smith Award from the National Association for Business Economics. He was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award for his overall leadership at the US Treasury, the Treasury Distinguished Service Award for designing and implementing the currency reforms in Iraq, and the Medal of the Republic of Uruguay for his work in resolving the 2002 financial crisis. At Stanford, he was awarded the George P. Shultz Distinguished Public Service Award, as well as the Hoagland Prize and the Rhodes Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society and formerly served as Vice President of the American Economic Association.
Mr. Taylor formerly held positions as professor of economics at Princeton University and Columbia University. He received a BA in economics summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1968 and a PhD in economics from Stanford University in 1973.
Panel 1: Place of Mind: Tech Space Use and Real Estate Ramifications
Ed Axelsen, Director Real Estate and Facilities for Twitter, Inc.
Ed Axelsen has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate real estate and facilities management, including corporate security. He has focused his career in dynamic growth technology companies in Silicon Valley (and now San Francisco), where he has leased and improved millions of square feet.
A veteran of companies such as Silicon Graphics, SynOptics/Bay Networks, Netscape, and Palm, he was usually the first RE/Facilities professional in the door and built scalable processes from scratch. Mr. Axelsen was responsible for all aspects of providing and supporting space, both at Headquarters and in starting and growing remote operations around the word.
Managing the delivery of space and services in a ‘dynamic growth’ environment has meant being able to routinely meet the demands of employee growth rates in excess of 200% annually. It has also meant being able to shed space reasonably quickly, too. Notably, Mr. Axelsen successfully managed space at Netscape where the population increased 3-fold in one year. He leased and improved one million square feet in two years all the while supporting some of what was then considered eccentric services.
In so doing, Mr. Axelsen is a veteran of four IPO’s and five corporate headquarters locations. Along with his role in RE, Facilities and Security, he has also managed such diverse functions as Telecommunications, Risk, Product Security and Product Environmental Stewardship. Mr. Axelsen attended Syracuse University where he earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He is also a member of CoreNet and holds an MCR certification.
Justin Gurvitz, Lead Counsel, Real Estate, for Facebook, Inc.
Justin Gurvitz is a real estate lawyer based in northern California. He currently is Lead Counsel, Real Estate, at Facebook.
At Facebook, Mr. Gurvitz principally supports the facilities and tech ops teams. Working with the facilities team, he has assisted with the growth and management of Facebook’s real estate portfolio, including Facebook’s relocation to and expansion of its Menlo Park headquarters. For the tech ops team, his work has involved advising on large data-center projects.
Prior to joining Facebook, Mr. Gurvitz practiced at law firms in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He attended law school at the UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Tiffany Griego, Director, Stanford Real Estate
Tiffany Griego is the Director of the Stanford Research Park for Stanford University's Office of Real Estate, for which she is responsible for all aspects of asset management of the $1.3 billion real estate portfolio comprised of 10.3 million square feet on 700 acres. She is responsible for strategic planning of assets through redevelopment and leasing, balancing the University's need for office, R&D space and housing with the objective of producing income for the University's endowment and General Funds. Ms. Griego recruits and retains cutting-edge companies to the Research Park, the most recent being Skype, Tesla Motors and HP. She negotiates varying deal structures for the different holdings within the portfolio, including the 72 ground leased parcels and 16 direct-owned building leases. Ms. Griego received both her undergraduate degree and MBA from Stanford University.
John Igoe, Head of Global Real Estate, Google
As Director of Real Estate, Design and Construction (Northern California), John Igoe is responsible for all real estate for the Northern California Region, as well as the design and construction of all projects in the region. The Google Real Estate and Workplace Services team is renowned for building and maintaining unique, invigorating environments that allow its employees to focus on innovation. Google prides itself in offering services that are cost effective, fun, environmentally sustainable, and make a meaningful impact on Google’s business results and culture.
Mr. Igoe joined Google following seven years as a Senior Vice President with Sares Regis, a full service real estate development partnership. Prior to that Mr. Igoe had real estate leadership positions at several Bay Area high tech corporations such as Palm, Peoplesoft, 3Com, Octel and NeXT over a period of 15 years.
Mr. Igoe earned a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Construction Management from Stanford, a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from Villanova University.
Thomas Robinson, AIA NCARB, Founder/Principal, LEVER Architecture
Thomas Robinson, Founder and Principal of LEVER Architecture, has designed award-winning projects for fine arts and creative organizations in the U.S. and Europe. LEVER Architecture’s work reflects a design process that focuses on understanding the culture of the creative organizations we work with, and leveraging that understanding to design spaces and campuses with a transformative impact.
Thomas’ recent work includes a new creative campus for a global entertainment company based in Los Angeles, art student housing for Pacific Northwest College for the Arts in Oregon, and Pixar Animation Studios’ new production building in San Francisco while a Principal at Allied Works Architecture. The LA Business Journal recently recognized LEVER Architecture with a 2012 award for the Best Renovation Project in Los Angeles. The firm was also recognized with 2012 AIA Design Awards in Portland and Los Angeles.
Prior to founding LEVER Architecture, Thomas worked in Switzerland as a project architect for Herzog and de Meuron on the design of the New de Young Museum in San Francisco, and at Allied Works Architecture as a principal on design of the AIA National Honor Award-winning University of Michigan Museum of Art Addition.
Thomas earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and his Master of Architecture with distinction from Harvard University, where he was awarded the James Templeton Kelly Prize for outstanding master’s thesis.
Thomas is a Trustee for the Portland Children’s Museum and has also served as a juror at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, UC Berkeley and the University of Oregon.
Timothy Tosta, Partner, McKenna, Long, and Aldridge LLP
Timothy Tosta procures land use entitlements for some of the State’s most complex and controversial development proposals. That’s why he was honored by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal as one of California's Top Real Estate Lawyers, citing his work on the Facebook Headquarters Project in Menlo Park, California. The Facebook Project followed on the heels of Tim’s work for the Bohannon Development Company on the Menlo Gateway Project, enabling the transformation of aged industrial properties into a state-of-the-art corporate campus, which also was heralded by the Daily Journal, in 2011, as one of the State’s top five development deals.
Whether it is introducing high-rise housing into San Francisco's Civic Center (10th & Market Project) or procuring approval to allow the conversion of an aged downtown furniture mart to office and technology uses (now Twitter’s new facilities), Tim is always innovating to meet or exceed his clients’ expectations.
The diversity of Tim's experience in product types, geography, regulatory agencies, environmental issues, and political cultures, readily distinguish him from his peers. He is much more than a lawyer. He builds entitlement teams and strategies from the ground up, working in partnership with his clients, while securing the project’s legal compliance.
Tim’s work and career have been prominently featured in numerous books and publications including, From the Ground Up by Douglas Frantz, The American Lawyer, California Law Business, California Magazine, The California Executive, the Daily Journal, the California Lawyer and Superlawyers Magazine.
Panel 2: Redevelopment Agencies - Gone with the Wind: From the Wind-Down to What’s Next
Richard Close, Partner, Gilchrist & Rutter
Richard H. Close is a Partner with Gilchrist & Rutter in Santa Monica. His practice focuses on the areas of real estate, financial and business transactions, formation of and advising professional entities, and governmental relations and advocacy.
With more 30 years’ experience representing property owners, Mr. Close chairs the firm’s Manufactured Housing Practice Group. In addition, Mr. Close counsels clients in other real estate matters, including acquisition, closure, rent control litigation, entitlement, financing, sales, tax-deferred sales, and failure to maintain litigation and prevention.
Mr. Close serves as a Member of the Oversight Board managing the dissolution of the Los Angeles City Redevelopment Agency, the largest of the more than 400 dissolved Redevelopment Agencies. He consults with developers, property owners, and governmental bodies on the impact of AB1x 26 and AB 1484 on the legal rights and obligations of the respective parties. He also is a Member of the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).
With a history of strong political involvement, Mr. Close has often testifies at State and local legislative Hearings and has been the co-author and ballot signer on various initiatives and charter measures. Mr. Close is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer.
Zane O. Gresham, Partner, Morrison Foerster
Zane Gresham is a Partner with Morrison Foerster in the San Francisco office. He advises on transactional and regulatory matters in the development, financing, and purchase and sale of major private facilities and large-scale public works in the United States and internationally. These projects include transportation infrastructure, industrial facilities, corporate R&D and office campuses, and energy and water projects. His work involves areas as diverse as “new town” developments, airport master plans, renewable energy, life sciences, chemical manufacturing, and entertainment.
He is an associate member of Airports Council International and a full member of the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha, the international honorary land economics organization. He is Vice Chairman of the National Youth Science Foundation, Director of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco, and a Trustee of Grace Cathedral.
Mr. Gresham has been recommended by Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers in America for land use and zoning law. Legal 500 US notes that Mr. Gresham “has a wealth of experience and provides highly valuable advice and counsel.” In 2011, the San Francisco Daily Journal recognized him as one of the top 25 land-use attorneys in California.
Denise Pinkston, Partner, TMG Partners
Denise Pinkston is a Partner with TMG Partners. She has 30 years of experience in real estate, planning and project management. Her projects have included managing, leasing, and repositioning the $60 million mixed-use Emeryville Public Market; design and entitlement of the Emeryville Marketplace LEED Platinum Neighborhood Plan a Gold Level State Catalyst Project; design, entitlement, and sale of the Albany Target site; and the development of the $100 million Hamilton Field Air Force Base. Ms. Pinkston was named one of the Bay Area's Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2012.
She is currently Board Chair of the Emeryville Transportation Management Authority and a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association. Prior to joining TMG Partners, Ms. Pinkston directed Current Planning and Redevelopment for the County of Marin, including for the $100 million Marin City USA Project. Ms. Pinkston has served as a planning commissioner and Chamber of Commerce board member. She has also been an instructor of Urban Studies at San Francisco State University.
Ms. Pinkston attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a BA in History and a Masters in City and Regional Planning.
Gillian van Muyden
, Chief Assistant City Attorney, City of Glendale
Gillian van Muyden is the Chief Assistant City Attorney for the City of Glendale where she advises Glendale’s Successor Agency to the former Redevelopment Agency. Previously, Ms. van Muyden served as General Counsel for the City’s Community Development Department, where she advised the City’s Planning, Housing, Building & Safety, and Economic Development Divisions.
Ms. van Muyden currently serves as an advisor to the California State Bar Real Property Law Section Executive Committee and chairs the League of California Cities, City Attorney’s Department Post-Redevelopment Working Group.
She chaired the State Bar’s Real Property Law Section Executive Committee from 2010-2011, served as a Vice-Chair from 2009-2010 and member from 2007-2009.
Ms. van Muyden served as the Managing Editor of the California Real Property Journal, a quarterly publication of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California from 2006-2008. Ms. van Muyden also regularly contributes her time as an editor for CEB and is currently working on a re-write of the Municipal Law Handbook’s chapters on redevelopment law.
Ms. van Muyden has been an invited speaker for the League of California Cities, the State Bar of California, the Independent Cities Association, the California Redevelopment Association, the Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business, and the Glendale Bar Association on redevelopment, land use planning, CEQA, ethics and municipal law issues. She received her BA in Geography from U.C. Berkeley, an MPA with distinction from California State University, Northridge, and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law. She is also a graduate of the Josephson Institute program on Ethics in Public Service.
2013 Sponsor List (partial list and growing)
REAL Symposium 2012 gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors:
2013 REAL Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities
- Three (3) complimentary registrations.
- Company name/logo on REAL Symposium 2013 marketing materials, including:
- Electronic event brochure
- Other publicity announcements
- On-site signage
- Program syllabus
- A one-page sponsor advertisement in the REAL Symposium 2013 program syllabus distributed to each attendee.
- Table top display for the presentation of sponsor materials (space permitting).
- Opportunity to enhance the visibility of your firm/company in the real estate community by participating in the program and by virtue of role as a sponsor.
- Federal charitable tax deductibility for the sponsorship contribution to the extent permitted by applicable law.
Note: A limited number of additional special sponsorship opportunities may be available for hosting cocktail reception or refreshments at the event.
Rutan & Tucker, LLP
FAX 650 320-9905
Kenneth R. Whiting, Jr.
Co-Chair REAL Symposium 2013
Advisor, Real Property Law Section
The State Bar of California
Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
(415) 901-8617; firstname.lastname@example.org
You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program
Pre-Registration through January 23, 2013
- $165 Real Property Law Section Member or SPIRE Member
- $225 Non-Section Member or SPIRE Member
After January 23, 2013
- $225 Real Property Law Section Member or SPIRE Member
- $275 Non-Section Member or SPIRE Member
Fax To: Program Registrations at (415) 538-2368. Credit card information is mandatory.
On-Site Registrations: On-site registrations will be on a space-available basis only.
Cancellations/Refunds: Cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing by January 23, 2013 and are subject to a $25 service charge. Refunds will not be available after this date.
Questions: For registration information call (415) 538-2508. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content or Section information call (415) 538-2564.
Special Assistance: For special assistance, please call (415) 538-2564.
MCLE: The State Bar of California and the Real Property Law Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE Providers. This activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 3 hours.
Founded in 2009, SPIRE's goals are to provide a forum for the professional development of Stanford alumni in the real estate industry, to create opportunities for current Stanford students in the world of real estate, and to promote the University's development of a robust multi-disciplinary real estate education and research program. SPIRE adopted these goals -- its Three Pillars -- as guiding principles for the organization. To date, SPIRE has built an international network of nearly 1000 alumni involved in all real estate disciplines, including development, construction, engineering, design, planning, brokerage, law and other related fields. Go here for more information about SPIRE and membership opportunities.
About The State Bar of California Real Property Law Section
Organized in 1979, the Real Property Law Section has approximately 7,000 members and is the third largest California State Bar section. The Section serves as a forum for communicating information to its members on current developments and trends in real property law. The Section is an approved California MCLE provider, and offers educational opportunities for real estate lawyers throughout the year. The Section's traditional premier event is its Annual Retreat, which is held in the spring and attracts real estate attorneys from throughout California. The REAL Symposium, now held in the winter, represents an expansion for the Section into multidisciplinary law and business programming. For more information about the Real Property Law Section, go here.
About the Real Estate Business and Law Multidisciplinary Concept
While the REAL Symposium is relatively new, the multidisciplinary real estate law and business format has been successfully produced in Southern California since 2003 by the Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business, which is presented annually by the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Real Property Section and the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA. A similar Real Estate Law and Business Forum is presented by the USC Gould School of Law. The annual Real Estate & Economics Symposium sponsored by the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business is focused on real estate business without a significant legal component. Thus, the REAL Symposium brings the multidisciplinary law and business format to Northern California for the first time, fulfilling the need for such programming in an underserved market. The venue at Stanford University is particularly appropriate, given the economic strength of Silicon Valley and its role as a regional and even national leader.
Paul Brest Hall -- Stanford University