Philip J. "Phil" Levine

Philip J. "Phil" Levine

Morrison & Foerster

Recognized since 2007

Palo Alto, California

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

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Phil Levine is head of the firm's Northern California Real Estate Group. Mr. 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 (2019), the International Who’s Who of Real Estate (2017), Legal 500 US (2018), and Super Lawyers (2018) (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 recently served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity – Greater San Francisco and was Chairman of the Board’s Legal Committee. Mr. Levine has also been a Lecturer on real estate transactions at Stanford University School of Law.

Contact & Links
  • 755 Page Mill Road
    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1018
  • New York University, J.D., graduated 1989
Bar Admissions
  • New York, New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • California, The State Bar of California

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Real Estate Law
Special Focus:
  • Commercial
  • Development
  • Finance
  • Industrial
  • Joint Ventures
  • Office Buildings
  • Partnership and Limited Liability
  • Real Property Law
  • REITs
  • Tax Certiorari
  • Transactions

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