Ian T. O'Banion

Ian T. O'Banion

Nixon Peabody LLP

Recognized since 2022

San Francisco, California

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

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Ian O’Banion is counsel and a member of Nixon Peabody’s Real Estate, Finance and Community Development practice team. He represents developers, investors, lenders and property owners in a variety of commercial transactions including real estate and general corporate matters. He is also a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects.

What do you focus on?

Real Estate Development

Drawing on my experience as an architect in California, I advise clients with respect to real estate development matters from the purchase of raw land to the formation of design and construction agreements. I am also part of the firm’s land use and zoning team that thinks strategically about the challenges in California presented by climate change, as well as our clients’ related opportunities for financing, sustainability measures and resource conservation in order to stay ahead of the challenges and to build smarter more resilient communities.

Real Estate Finance and Workouts

I represent lenders, loan services, and borrowers in complex real estate finance matters from loan originations to modifications, workouts and foreclosures. My commercial real estate finance work involves a range of asset classes including office, hospitality, multi-family residential, agricultural, industrial and retail. I assist clients with a variety of real estate finance transactions, such as loans for the acquisition of real property, mezzanine loans, bridge loans, construction loans, securitized loans, and defeasances.

Real Estate Acquisitions, Dispositions, and Leasing

I assist clients with acquisitions and dispositions of all types of commercial real estate from office buildings to vineyards. Additionally, I counsel both landlords and tenants regarding commercial real estate leases, including lease modifications.

Corporate Transactions

I assist companies with entity formation issues as well as corporate transactions such as mergers and asset acquisitions involving real property. Additionally, I advise companies regarding corporate governance, financing, and general business services.


  • One Embarcadero Center, 32nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111


  • University of Oregon, B.A.
  • University of San Francisco, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • California, State Bar Association

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Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law


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