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Sara Hansen Wilson

Sara Hansen Wilson

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Sara Hansen Wilson advises her clients on matters involving leasing, acquisitions and dispositions and financing commercial real estate properties. She provides practical, goal-oriented counsel to business clients. Sara is vice-chair of the firm's Real Estate group.

Sara represents real estate investors and developers in joint ventures and a wide range of acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate. Her experience includes acquisitions and dispositions of office buildings, shopping centers and warehouses for both local developers and national institutional investors.

Sara has substantial experience representing both landlords and tenants in leasing in regional shopping centers, "lifestyle" centers, mixed use centers and urban street locations. She has led retail developers through the leasing of new developments and major redevelopments of shopping center projects as well as launched the roll out of new lines of stores for retailers. Sara also represents both owners and users leasing office, warehouse and industrial properties.

Sara also has broad experience representing borrowers and lenders in loan originations and workouts secured by real property in various asset classes. She represents lenders and borrowers in loans secured by personal property and mixed collateral financings.

Areas of Focus


  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Construction
  • Technology


  • Real Estate
  • Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Construction and Permanent Financing
  • Joint Ventures
  • Leasing


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1992, Order of the Coif
  • Williams College, B.A., 1988, cum laude, with honors in economics


  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow (ACREL)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Law Conference Planning Committee
  • Board of Friends of San Francisco City Planning
  • CREW of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Bar Association


Commercial Real Estate

Sara has spoken about a wide variety of real estate topics for many organizations, including:

  • ICSC Law Conference
  • PLI
  • CLE International
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar


Northern California “Women of Influence”, Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com

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