Lauren brings to Carr McClellan over 25 years of transactional practice dedicated to real estate development and project finance in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Lauren represents owners, developers, builders and investors in a broad range of transactions and matters including all aspects of the purchase and sale of improved and unimproved real property; the formation and structuring of joint venture relationships; commercial secured lending, including construction loans; public/private partnerships; office, industrial, R&D and retail leasing; and purchase and sale, warranty and insurance programs (e.g. “wrap-ups”) in connection with the sale of single-family and condominium communities.

Lauren has served as general counsel for a prominent Peninsula –based multi-family developer, the Northern California division of a publicly-traded homebuilder and a real estate investor/pension fund advisor These roles, combined with her years of large law firm practice, influence Lauren’s disciplined, yet business-minded and practical approach to solving problems.

Key Areas

  • High volume land acquisition and disposition
  • Project finance
  • Joint ventures
  • Construction
  • Commercial leasing
  • Risk mitigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Government compliance


Experience & Affiliations

Representative Matters

  • Represented developer in the negotiation of a $50 million construction loan for a mixed-use hotel project in Oakland.
  • Represented multi-family developer in the negotiation of several complex joint venture relationships with institutions and private investors valued at well over $500M for multi-family projects on the Peninsula, including a 25 acre, multi-phased, broken mixes used tri-party project in Sunnyvale.
  • Represented multi-family developer in the negotiation of several construction and permanent loans valued over $125 million.
  • Represented publicly-traded homebuilder in the acquisition of over 2000 lots and condominium units in more than 20 communities.
  • Represented publicly-traded homebuilder in the acquisition of land and development rights under a DDA for a 109 mixed-use condominium project in San Carlos.
  • Represented real estate investment fund in the formation and launch of 5 funds with aggregate commitment of more than $2 billion in which CalPERS and CalSTRS were the largest investors.
  • Represented tenants in the negotiation of over 200 office, industrial, R&D and build-to-suit leases.

Professional Organizations

  • ULI Urban Plan, Vice Chair
  • State Bar of California

Civic and Charitable

  • HIP Housing, Member of Board and Executive Committee
  • Hillsborough Schools Foundation, Former Board Member
  • Pied Piper Players, Former Board Member
  • Page Mill YMCA, Former Board Member