Jo Ann Woodsum

Experienced Commercial Leasing Counsel

Licensed in California & Nevada

Hello, I’m Jo Ann. I provide cost-effective, enthusiastic & efficient legal service to meet my client’s commercial real estate leasing needs. I have over two decades of experience in commercial real estate leasing law. Member of the Executive Committee of the California Lawyer Association’s Real Property Law Section (2016-2020).

As a former member of the Executive Committee, as the founder of the Women in Leasing Law initiative and advisor to the Commercial Subleasing Subsection of the CLA Real Property Law Section, I organize educational commercial leasing events throughout the state of California.

Jo Ann Has Been a Commercial Leasing Lawyer for Over 20 Years.


Jo Ann Woodsum has lived all over the United States including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Truckee, California, and now Reno, NV. She enjoys reading, travel, art, architecture, hiking, her dogs, and kids (not necessarily in that order).  Jo Ann is licensed to practice in the states of California and Nevada.

Jo Ann recently became licensed as a solicitor in England and Wales and is in the process of expanding her commercial leasing practice to England.

She is also passionate about promoting the humane treatment of animals and animal welfare. Jo Ann has volunteered at the Humane Society of Tahoe-Truckee for the past several years.

Memberships Include:

California Lawyers Association, Real Property Law Section

  • Executive Committee Member (2016 – 2020)
    • Co-Chair, Annual Retreat Planning Committee (2017, 2018)
    • Co-Chair, Real Property Law Journal (2019, 2020)

Notable Client Representations Include:

Tenant Representaion

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

    Nektar Therapeutics  Represented Nektar in connection with its office lease of more than 130,000 square feet of space with Kilroy at 360 Third Street, San Francisco, California.

    Nektar Therapeutics  Represented Nektar in connection with its headquarters lease of more than 130,000 square feet of space with Alexandria Real Estate Equities at Mission Bay, San Francisco, California.

    GoPro, Inc.  Represented GoPro in connection with the renewal and expansion of its 300,000+ headquarters lease in San Mateo, California.

    Twilio Inc.  Represented Twilio in their 2016 headquarters lease of 91,000 square feet from Bay Area Headquarters Authority in the newly-refurbished former World War II tank assembly plant-turned-U.S. Postal Service facility in San Francisco, California.

    ChemPartner Corporation  Represented ChemPartner in their 2015 South San Francisco headquarters lease.

    Auris Surgical Robotics  Represented Auris Surgical Robotics in the 2015 lease of its new headquarters in San Carlos, California.

    Ritual Coffee Roasters  Represented Ritual Coffee Roasters in their Bay Area commercial leases since 2008.

Landlord Representation

  • PROMETHEUS REAL ESTATE GROUP, INC.  Represented Prometheus in connection with retail leasing of mixed use development on San Antonio Road, Mountain View, California and leasing at The Trestle in San Carlos, California.

    Mizono Family Trust.  Represented the Mizono Family Trust in connection with lease renewal with Google of a stand-alone building located in the DogPatch area of San Francisco.

    Invesco.  Represented Invesco in the 2014 lease of ground floor retail space to Starbucks Corporation at Sunset Vine Tower, Los Angeles, California.

    HIRAHARA FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP.  Represented the Hirahara Family Limited Partnership in the lease of retail space to Target Corporation for a “Target Express” location in downtown Berkeley, California.

    Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC.  Represented Cornerstone in the lease (including renewals) of 300,000+ square feet of warehouse/distribution space to DSC Logistics, Inc. at Rancho Cucamonga Distribution Center, Rancho Cucamonga, California.

    Jack London Square Associates, LLC.  Represented Jack London Square Associates, LLC (landlord) in the lease of the Lungomare restaurant at the Waterfront Hotel (Oakland) in 2012.

Jo Ann’s Passion

Jo Ann is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in their professions, in particular, in the world of law and commercial real estate.

She is active in the National Association of Women Lawyers and the California Lawyer Association Real Property Law Section.