Suzanne E. Hennessy

Suzanne E. Hennessy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP
 | 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 850
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-446-2300
Fax: 916-503-4000
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (90%),
  • Health Care (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Suzanne Hennessy is a partner with the Real Estate Law Team and the Healthcare Law Practice Team. Suzanne has extensive experience in general real estate matters including commercial leasing, purchases and sales and providing general real estate advice to a variety of clients from major developers to healthcare providers. She has also provided representation to a number of financial institutions and commercial lenders, in some transactions, and borrowers in other transactions, in the origination, modification and restructuring of commercial and real estate loans to borrowers within the Northern California and Central Valley areas.

    In addition to her busy practice, Suzanne has been a speaker on various real estate topics including the real estate and leasing aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has been a consultant for the California Continuing Education of the Bar and is a past member of the UCC Committee for the State Bar of California. Suzanne served on the Board of Directors of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Fairy Tale Town. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association from 2012 to 2019.

    Suzanne is an AV Peer Review Rated lawyer, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethical standards. She was recognized in the Daily Journal's Top Health Care Lawyers 2020 for her practice of real estate law aiding health care providers and she was also listed in the 2019-2020 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers and Sacramento Magazine's 2019 -2020 Top Lawyers Lists. She graduated from UCLA with a BSN in nursing and holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to joining Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP, Suzanne was a partner with Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan, LLP, clerked for the Alaska Court of Appeals, and worked in Anchorage, Alaska as an associate with the law firm of Perkins Coie. She is a member of both the Alaska and California Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Business and Real Property Section of the State Bar, the Real Property Section of the Sacramento County Bar, the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, and the American Health Lawyers Association.

    About Suzanne Hennessy

    Admitted: 1984, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Recognized in Top Health Care Lawyers 2020 for her practice of Real Estate Law aiding Health ProvidersDaily Journal, Supplement to Los Angeles and San Francisco, Read article, 2020
    • Named in Sacramento Magazine's Top Lawyers List (2019-2020)
    • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
    • Intra-Member Organization Networking Award Recipient
    • National Network of Commercial Real Estate Women (1997)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • American Heart Association, Sacramento, Board Member, Leadership Development Committee (2012-2019); Fairytale Town Theme Park, Board of Directors, Executive Committee (2002-2011); California Real Estate Women in Sacramento (CREW), Committee Chair (2000-2007); California Real Estate Women in Sacramento (CREW), Board Member (1997-1999); California State Bar, UCC Committee, Member (1993-1996) California State Bar, UCC Committee, Liaison to California Bankers Association (1993-1996)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Landlords and Tenants: Who is Responsible for ADA Compliance,” a portion of a Special Supplement to the Sacramento Business Journal, May 25, 1992; “Consultant, Sales and Leases in California, Commercial Law, V.1, 2nd Ed., (Chapter 9 -Breakdown of the Bargain), CEB 1993; “UCC System Computer Update,” Sacramento Bar Association Docket 1996; “Ten Tips in Drafting Medical Office Leases,” Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan, LLP, Business Advisory, 1997; “1997 Member Services Board Message,” Crew Sacramento Newsletter, 1997

    Educational Background:

    • Hastings College of Law, J.D., 1983, Thurston Honor Society
    • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., magna cum laude, 1978, Nursing

    Industry Groups

    • Commercial real estate counsel for major developers and healthcare providers.
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    Office Location for Suzanne E. Hennessy

    555 Capitol Mall
    Suite 850
    Sacramento, CA 95814

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    Last Updated: 5/4/2020

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