Manuel Fishman is a Shareholder in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group in San Francisco. Mr. Fishman focuses his practice on representing real estate developers, owners and secured lenders in the acquisition, sale and financing of commercial properties. In addition, he has an active leasing practice representing owners of several major office buildings in San Francisco, including the Transamerica Pyramid, as well as tenants in lease and sublease transactions. His expertise includes letters of intent, tenant improvement work agreements, security deposits/letters of credit, signage rights, expansion and contraction rights, permitted transfers, operating expense audits and lender and master landlord recognition agreements. Mr. Fishman maintains close relationships with the real estate brokerage community and utilizes these relationships to provide clients with market based information important to their existing and prospective real estate requirements. Mr. Fishman also has extensive experience in the area of ground leasing and retail leasing and is recognized as a leading attorney in the area of landline and wireless communications and Internet-based services in commercial properties and rooftop installations.
Mr. Fishman represents clients in equity structuring for, and the acquisition of, distressed properties and real property secured debt, including the formation of single purpose entities and joint ventures. The clients he represents invest regionally with various joint venture partners in a variety of property types, and these transactions present unique structuring and project management issues. Mr. Fishman has negotiated numerous construction management, project development and property management agreements relative to ground up development projects, as well as all types of easements and other adjoining owner agreements.
Mr. Fishman is the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of San Francisco's representative to the BOMA California Board of Directors, the statewide umbrella association representing commercial building owners and managers in California. He is the current Chair of BOMA San Francisco’s Government Affairs and Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC). He served on BOMA San Francisco’s Board of Directors from 2003–2006, and was the recipient of the 2006 Associate Member of the Year from BOMA San Francisco. Mr. Fishman is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Real Property Sections of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California.
Most recently, Mr. Fishman has been recognized as a 2016 Best Lawyer in America™ in Real Estate Law, an honor he has received since 2007, and recognized as a 2014 Top Rated Lawyer by American Lawyer Media in conjunction with Martindale Hubbell. He has also been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2012-2015 and as one of Bay Area Magazine’s “Top Lawyers in the Bay Area.”
He lectures frequently on office and shopping center leasing matters.
Mr. Fishman earned his J.D., magna cum laude, at Santa Clara University School of Law in 1982 and his B.A. at the State University of New York at Purchase in 1975.