Philip J. Levine - Morrison & Foerster LLP

Philip J. Levine

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 650-813-5613

Phil Levine concentrates his practice representing clients in a wide range of commercial real estate equity and debt transactions, including acquisitions and sales; financing (including permanent and construction loans); the structuring and formation of joint ventures and other investment vehicles for the development, ownership, and operation of all major property types, such as multifamily projects, office buildings, and industrial projects (including transactions involving the use of operating partnership units); representing landlords and tenants on office, industrial and retail leasing transactions; and counseling clients on ground-up development projects, including negotiating architect and construction contracts and development management agreements. His clients include REITs, private equity firms, institutional investors (including domestic and foreign investors), and real estate development companies.

Mr. Levine is also a member of the Firm’s Distressed Real Estate Group and has represented clients in connection with loan restructurings, deed in lieu transactions, foreclosures, REO dispositions and investments in the acquisition and restructuring of real estate debt and equity investments.

The Daily Journal named Mr. Levine to its 2013 list of California’s top 25 real estate transactional lawyers. Mr. Levine is also recommended as a leading lawyer in the area of Real Estate by Best Lawyers in America (2014), the International Who’s Who of Real Estate (2013), the Legal 500 (US) (2011), and by San Francisco Magazine as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” (2013) (all publications based on client and peer recommendations).

Mr. Levine is a member of national and local real estate trade organizations, including ULI and NAREIT, and is a past member of the NAIOP National Forums, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Chapter of NACORE.

Mr. Levine is currently on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity – Greater San Francisco and is Chairman of the Board’s Legal Committee. Mr. Levine is also a Lecturer on real estate transactions at Stanford University School of Law.

New York University School of LawJ.D. Johns Hopkins UniversityBA

Client Comments

"Phil Levine is one of the sharpest minds in real estate law we have dealt with. His attention to detail and responsiveness is second to none. He is professional and cares about each transaction as if it were his own."

Office Location

755 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1018
United States

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law (Commercial, Development, Finance, Industrial, Joint Ventures, Office Buildings, Partnership and Limited Liability, Real Property Law, REITs, Tax Certiorari, Transactions)