Jonathan E. Rattner

Jonathan E. Rattner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Palo Alto, CA

Law Offices of Jonathan E. Rattner
 | 2225 East Bayshore Road, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-320-7660
Fax: 650-320-7641
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2015, 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1982
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business
    Attorney Profile

    For more than 35 years I have focused my transactional real estate practice on two primary market segments: (1) Commercial, in which I have represented owners, users, developers, tenants and landlords in purchases, sales, financings, and leases of office, R&D, industrial, retail, restaurant, warehouse and apartment properties; and (2) Homebuilder, in which I have represented national and California-based homebuilders in connection with their land acquisition, financing and construction activities. Having been a partner at a mega law firm, general counsel of a Bay Area homebuilder, COO of a Menlo Park venture capital firm, and now as a sole practitioner and a licensed real estate broker, I have a deep appreciation for how clients want legal services delivered: quickly, cost-effectively and with a focus on results.

    About Jonathan Rattner

    Admitted: 1982, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Services from the State Bar of California
    • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review "AV" Rated

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • California-licensed Real Estate Broker (DRE # 01893638)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro Bono Counsel to the Palo Alto Children's Theatre (in connection with Theatre renovation and expansion); Board of Trustees JobTrain (formerly OICW) Golf Classic; NJB and YMCA Basketball Coach; CYSA and AYSO Soccer Coach; Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) Volunteer


    • The Law Offices of Jonathan E. Rattner have represented: the landlord of an 80,000 sq. ft. food distribution facility in San Jose, CA, in negotiations with its tenant and a prospective subtenant; a historic theater in its negotiations regarding property rights; a materials development company in its 4-year sublease of an 8,000 sq. ft. office in Redwood City, CA; an on-line bookkeeping company in its 7-year, 33,000 sq. ft. office lease in San Francisco, CA; the purchaser of an office building in Dallas, TX, comprising approximately 1 million sq. ft. of space; a leading international semiconductor company in its lease of an airport hangar in San Jose, CA; an auto insurance start-up in a 10-year, 26,000 sq. ft. office lease in San Francisco, CA; the developer of office collaboration software in its 5-year, 6,500 sq. ft. lease of office space in San Francisco, CA; the managing member of a limited liability company formed to acquire and operate a self-storage facility in Roseville, CA; a public biopharmaceutical company in connection with its lease of approximately 24,000 sq. ft. of space in Menlo Park, CA; the owner of 22,500 sq. ft. building in Redwood City, CA in connection with its 15-year lease to a pre-school; a material sciences company in connection with its 5-year, 21,000 sq. ft. lease of space in Milpitas, CA;  an investment management cloud-based technology company as sub-sublandlord of 20,500 sq. ft. of space in Mountain View, CA; the advisor to the seller of a 9,000 sq. ft. commercial building in Palo Alto, CA; the purchaser of 28-acre former glass manufacturing site in Oakland, CA; a developer of antibody therapeutics in an 8-year, 20,000 sq. ft. R&D lease in South San Francisco, CA; the seller of an 88-unit apartment complex in Sacramento, CA; the purchaser of a 213-unit apartment complex in Reno, NV; the provider of co-working space facilities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area; an online real estate investment advisory firm in a 5-year, 12,000 sq. ft. office lease in Oakland, CA; the seller of a Sunnyvale, CA car wash located on 2.3 acres; a publicly-traded networking technologies company in a 10-year, 190,000 sq. ft. lease in San Jose, CA, a 6-year, 14,000 sq. ft office lease in San Diego, CA, and a 5-year, 5,000 sq. ft. office lease in San Bruno, CA; a biotech start-up in a 10-year, 19,000 sq. ft. lease in Seattle, WA; the purchaser of a 54 acre site in Hayward, CA for development as a wetland mitigation bank; a top provider of real estate transaction management software in an 8-year, 20,000 sq. ft. office lease in Sacramento, CA; an online dating service in connection with its 10-year, 18,000 sq. ft office lease in West Hollywood, CA; co-owner trusts in the acquisition of triple-net leased retail properties in Portland, OR and Streamwood, IL to complete 1031 exchanges; a bio-tech company in a 5-year, 7,000 sq. ft. lease in Hayward, CA; a Silicon Valley restructuring services company in the disposition of its clients' owned and leased real estate assets worldwide; a pre-clinical stage biopharmaceutical company in a 5-year, 24,000 sq. ft. R&D lease in San Francisco, CA; a data management company in a 7-year, 6,200 sq. ft lease in San Jose, CA; a major smart phone manufacturer in a 7-year, 75,000 sq. ft. lease in Redwood Shores, CA; a high performance semiconductor company in connection with its acquisition of a 100,000 sq. ft. facility in San Jose, CA, negotiation of construction contracts, and termination of an existing lease; an international provider of logistics and freight-forwarding services in a 7-year, 67,000 sq. ft. lease in Hayward, CA; a leading call center management company in a 6-year, 42,000 sq. ft. lease in Redwood Shores, CA; the developer of a 150-unit townhome project in Redwood Shores, CA in the sale of the project to a national homebuilder and in sales of wetland credits to public agencies and private developers; public and private residential developers in transactions throughout California totaling more than 7,000 units valued at over $1 billion; a leading provider of unified communications solutions in a 5-year, 15,000 sq. ft. lease in San Jose, CA; the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park in various lease matters; an international venture capital firm in a 10-year, 5,000 sq. ft. lease in Palo Alto, CA; the buyer of over 500 acres near Redding, CA for residential and commercial development, and in the formation of LLCs to hold the properties; a publicly-owned provider of power management solutions in connection with its contract for the installation of a photo voltaic solar panel system; and a major Palo Alto property manager in various lease matters.

    Educational Background:

    • Vanderbilt University, B.A., Economics and Business Administration, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, 1978
    • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1981
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    Office Location for Jonathan E. Rattner

    2225 East Bayshore Road
    Suite 200
    Palo Alto, CA 94303

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