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E. Venessa Henlon

E. Venessa Henlon

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

E. Venessa Henlon is a Partner in the Real Estate Group of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP

In addition to her expertise in traditional commercial real estate transactions, Venessa brings a deep understanding of the issues facing developers and public entities in public/private transactions. 

She and other Coblentz lawyers represented The Exploratorium in its lease and development of its new waterfront nine-acre, 230,000-square-foot campus, for which Coblentz obtained all of the required entitlements, negotiated the disposition and development agreement, ground lease, the construction financing and various other transaction documents. The San Francisco Business Times recognized the project as a finalist for its Real Estate Deal of the Year award for Infrastructure/Public Service Private project, and it was named 2011 Top Real Estate Development Deal of the Year by The Daily Journal. Venessa and a team of Coblentz lawyers also represented San Francisco 49ers and its affiliates in preparing various predevelopment and development agreements for the development of the new 68,000-seat NFL stadium expected to be completed in 2014.

Prior to joining the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, Venessa was a real estate attorney at the law firms of Morrison & Foerster LLP and Steefel, Levitt & Weiss where she represented governmental agencies, developers, financial institutions and real estate owners and tenants in various real estate matters such as development, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing matters.

Venessa received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Stanford University (1990), and earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (1995).

Professional Activities
Venessa is a member of the Real Property section of the California State Bar and the Bar Association of San Francisco where she serves as a volunteer arbitrator for fee dispute matters. She serves as a volunteer mediator for SEEDS Community Resolution Center and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the East Bay Community Law Center.


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