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Jay L. Paxton is a Shareholder in Buchalter Nemer's Real Estate Practice Group in San Francisco and a former member of the Firm's Board of Directors. Mr. Paxton specializes in real estate transactions, leasing and land use planning. Mr. Paxton represents both sellers and acquirers in the negotiation and documentation of real estate sale transactions, including portfolios of properties. His experience includes representation of numerous Fortune 500 companies in acquisitions, sales, sale/leasebacks, build-to-suit developments, ground leases, financings and property acquisitions and dispositions throughout the United States. His extensive experience representing both landowners and users in leasing includes directing all legal aspects of ongoing leasing matters for the owners of seven high-rise office buildings in San Francisco and several suburban office projects. He also represents major users in lease negotiations for office and retail space and is well-experienced in helping landlords and tenants in restructuring troubled leases. In addition to his transactional practice, Mr. Paxton has extensive experience in obtaining land use approvals and entitlements for major retailers, developers and landowners.


  • 425 Market Street Suite 2900
    San Francisco, CA 94105-3493


  • English


  • University of California Berkeley, J.D.
  • University of California Berkeley, BA

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California


  • American Bar Association (Real Property Section) - Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco - Member
  • Bay Area Council - Director
  • Golden Gate Chapter of Lambda Alpha International - Director
  • Marin County Bar Association - Member
  • National Corporate Real Estate Council - Member
  • Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at UC Berkeley - Member
  • San Francisco Council of the Urban Land Institute - Member
  • The American College of Real Estate Lawyers - Fellow
  • the State Bar of California - Member
  • University of California Berkeley Foundation - Trustee

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law


  • Northern California's Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyer, Business Edition
  • Best Lawyer in Americaâ„¢ in Real Estate Law
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell

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