Woodsum Law Offices

Experienced Commercial Leasing Counsel

Areas of Practice

Retail Leasing

Retailers have unique needs when leasing space. Brand identity and store build-out, location within the shopping center as well as landlord maintenance obligations and co-tenancy are critical.

High Tech Office

In the past, office leasing was often viewed as “cookie cutter”.  With the advent of high tech, issues like density, exit strategies, securitization and subleasing have become critical pieces of the puzzle.

Life Science

Life science tenants require lab space, permission for tenant’s use of biohazardous materials & chemicals, as well as a backup power source to prevent damage to on-going scientific experiments.

Industrial (R&D)

Industrial leasing includes everything from warehouse distribution to research & development. With the advent of online retail shopping, there has been an explosion of industrial leasing.

About Jo Ann Woodsum

Jo Ann provides cost-effective, enthusiastic & efficient legal service to meet her client’s commercial real estate leasing needs. She has over two decades of experience in commercial real estate leasing and is a member of the Executive Committee of the California Lawyer Association’s Real Property Law Section.  Her clients include high-tech officeretail spacelife science and industrial tenants as well as institutional landlords.  She is committed to the advancement and empowerment of women in the legal profession.

Notable Clients

Represented Lyft with its headquarters lease of 350,000 square feet with McCarthy Cook & Co. at China Basin in San Francisco, California.

Lyft, Inc.

Represented Nektar in connection with its headquarters lease of 130,000+ square feet of space at Mission Bay in San Francisco, California.

Nektar Therapeutics

Represented Twilio in their headquarters lease of 91,000 square feet from Bay Area Headquarters Authority in San Francisco, California.

Twilio, Inc.

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University of California, Los Angeles (1993)

Master of Arts in U.S. History

University of Pennsylvania Law School (1986)

Juris Doctorate Degree in Law

Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (1983)

Bachelor’s Degree in History