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Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Presentations

December 1, 2022

Virtual Webinar
12PM – 1PM (PST)

Top Tips for Lawyers Reviewing Letters of Intent for Commercial Leases — Sponsored by the Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association

Topics will include the critical terms which must be in every commercial lease letter of intent (LOI), the differences between binding and non-binding LOIs, the roles of attorneys and brokers in negotiating LOIs and how to provide thoughtful and helpful feedback on LOIs to your landlord and tenant clients. We will also review key elements of LOIs for subleases and assignments.

                

DATE: TBD

Length:
60 minutes

Securitizing the Commercial Lease: Cash, Letters of Credit & Guaranties

A tenant’s obligations under a commercial lease can be securitized in various ways, each involving different considerations. In this course, Jo Ann Woodsum provides an in-depth analysis of how commercial landlords determine the amount and type of security as well as evaluates each of the three main types of security: cash security deposits, letters of credit, and guaranties. This course is essential for all lawyers who are required to review commercial leases — whether representing landlords or tenants. Discussion includes: 

  • Bankruptcy implications 
  • Negotiation strategies 
  • Security obligations 
  • Security types

Sponsor: California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)

                

Date: TBD

Length:
90 minutes

Advanced Issues in Commercial Lease Assignments and Subleasing

Assignment and subletting issues have become increasingly important now due to work-from-home initiatives and other post-Covid impacts on commercial real estate — while the landlord has entered into a lease with a specific tenant and would prefer that the original tenant remains for the remainder of the term, a tenant requires flexibility in terms of mitigating its damages if the leased premises are no longer needed by the tenant. In this program, Jo Ann Woodsum provides an in-depth examination of key lease provisions regarding assignment and subletting as well as a review of the following important documents: sublease, assignment, and landlord’s consent. This course is relevant to commercial leasing lawyers as well as to practitioners who review commercial leases from time to time. Discussion includes: 

  • Standards and timing of landlord approval 
  • Profit sharing 
  • Landlord recapture rights 
  • Sublandlord perspective of sublease 
  • Subtenant perspective of sublease 
  • Necessary modifications for change of use 
  • Construction during assignment 
  • Specifics of landlord consent e.g., non-disturbance 


Sponsor
: California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)

                

May 17, 2023

Virtual Webinar

Organizer & Moderator, “Beginner’s Guide to Commercial Leasing in England”

Commercial Leasing Around the Globe Series, sponsored by the Real Property Law Section, the International Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, and Women in Leasing Law.

                

Past Presentations

September 8, 2022

Virtual Webinar
12PM – 1PM (PST)

Introduction to Commercial Leasing Sponsored by the Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association

Topics will include an overview of the following lease provisions: Term, Rent, CAM/operating expenses, security deposits (including letters of credit and guaranties), repairs, surrender, holding over, subordination, insurance/indemnification, landlord remedies, standard statutory waivers, construction issues (including work letters) and renewal options. Particular attention will be paid to each of the landlord’s and tenant’s goals and negotiation strategies.

                

February 18, 2022

Virtual Webinar

Top Ten Tips for Reviewing a Commercial Lease, Contra Costa County Bar Association

This is an essential program for those attorneys who do not practice commercial leasing but need the knowledge. It will also be a good program for experienced commercial lease attorneys to compare notes. Jo Ann Woodsum will provide extra insights into issues related to the pandemic and force majeure.

                

October 20, 2021

Virtual Webinar

Organizer & Moderator, “Beginner’s Guide to Commercial Leasing in Ireland”

Commercial Leasing Around the Globe Series, sponsored by the Real Property Law Section, the International Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, and Women in Leasing Law.

                

March 31, 2021

Virtual Webinar
(12pm – 1pm PT)

“Dogs in the Workplace: Top 10 Tips for Drafting the Commercial Lease to Allow Dogs in the Office”

California Lawyers Association

There is a growing trend of employers adopting dog-friendly policies in the workplace. These companies argue that dogs in the workplace reduce stress and encourage positive social interaction among employees.

Commercial landlords who previously prohibited dogs in the workplace have had to learn how to accommodate the tenant requirement of allowing dogs in the workplace.

This webinar will examine the various lease provisions and other documents which are typically incorporated into a commercial lease to both protect the landlord’s interest in maintaining a first-class office project and ensuring that the tenant can bring dogs into the workplace. Special consideration will be given to the difference between service dogs and emotional support dogs.

Topics Covered:

  • Landlord concerns about dogs in the workplace
  • Tenant’s need for dogs in the workplace
  • Differences between service dogs and emotional support dogs
  • Modifications to premises & office project to accommodate dogs
  • Landlord “dog rules” including consequences for tenants who do not follow such rules
  • Modifications to standard indemnity and insurance provisions
  • Landlord’s role in resolving disputes about dogs
  • Tenant dog policy

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December 9, 2020

Virtual Webinar

“The New Force Majeure Clause in Commercial Leases”

The Sixth Annual Northern California Women in Commercial Leasing Law Symposium, Commercial Leasing in the time of COVID, for the Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.

                

October 10, 2019

Monterey, CA

“What Every Non-Leasing Lawyer Needs to Know About Commercial Leasing”

California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

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“Unpacking the AIR Lease Form”, April 22, 2018, California Real Property Law Section Annual Retreat, San Francisco, CA

This panel will provide tips for dealing with the AIR form lease from using the software (including the 2017 update) as well as practical tips for negotiating from the landlord and tenant perspectives.

“Negotiating Commercial Leases 2017” at the Practising Law Institute’s 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, November 9, 2017, San Francisco, CA

Overview of key issues in commercial real estate leasing.

Moderator, “Hot Topics in Retail Leasing from the In-House Leasing Lawyer’s Perspective”, April 22, 2017, California Real Property Law Section Annual Retreat, Napa, CA

The retail world is going through a period of radical transformation.  This transformation is impacting all aspects of commercial real estate leasing for retailers.  For some retailers, massive store closings are the order of the day – whether due to mergers or as a mandate to shrink their CRE footprint.  Other retailers are experiencing phenomenal growth and requiring a rapid on-boarding of new leased locations.  All retailers are in the midst of intense analysis of the impact of their online presence on the traditional brick and mortar model.  This lively panel will share their insider’s perspective on handling these challenges as in-house counsel.

“Leasing Bootcamp”, April 21, 2017, California Real Property Law Section Annual Retreat, Napa, CA

This instructive and interactive workshop will provide an overview of the basics of commercial real estate leasing.  We will review the main issues of the lease from a landlord and tenant perspective with an emphasis on issue-spotting and current market trends.  The workshop will include a discussion of the different types of commercial leases, due diligence, lease economics and insurance basics.  We will conclude with a brief trek through hot topics in CRE including re-purposing commercial properties, subleasing and letters of credit.

“Insider Tips & Hot Topics in Commercial Real Estate Leasing”, October 13, 2016, Tahoe Truckee Bar Association, Truckee, CA

For the general real estate practitioner, the word of commercial leasing can seem arcane and overwhelming.  This workshop breaks down the key issues in commercial leases with special emphasis on understanding the three basic lease structures (office, industrial and retail), lease economics and due diligence.

“ADA & Commercial Leasing”, September 20, 2016, Real Estate Law Affinity Group, National Association of Women Lawyers, Teleconference

Teleconference to provide a brief overview of the ADA in commercial real estate leasing from the transactional attorney and litigator’s perspective.

“Strategies for Dealing with ADA”, May 22, 2016, California Real Property Law Section Annual Retreat, Monterey, CA

With the advent of California Civil Code Section 1938, the hope was that there would be a decrease in the number of ADA claims brought against landlords and tenants.  However, the number of these claims continues to increase dramatically.  Panelists will discuss standard lease provisions dealing with ADA, state and local disability access laws and analyze how these provisions are typically litigated between landlords and tenants.

“Unpacking the AIR Lease Form”, April 20, 2016, Women in Leasing Law Workshop Series, San Francisco, CA

This panel will provide tips for dealing with the AIR form lease from using the software, drafting addenda and practical tips for negotiating from the landlord and tenant perspectives.

Organizer & Moderator, “From Start-Up to Lift-Off: Challenges for In-House Counsel in Working with Start-Ups through the IP”, March 11, 2016, National Association of Women Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting, San Francisco, CA

In the early stages of a start-up’s history, the newly-hired general counsel deals with everything from HR to tech contracts to commercial leasing to sitting in on major business decisions. As the company begins to grow, the GC is then able to hire a legal department and if the company is growing rapidly, her legal department is now growing rapidly meaning additional responsibilities in terms of managing a legal team and an array of outside counsel. Each of our panelists has been on the front lines of dealing with cutting-edge legal issues for their companies and this lively panel will share the challenges and rewards of working with startups.

Roundtable Leader, “Landlord Lien Waivers: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Very, Very Ugly”, October 30, 2015, ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference, Phoenix, AZ

Roundtable discussion focusing on the tricks and traps embedded in typical landlord lien waiver agreements between landlords, tenants and tenant lenders.

Moderator, “Insurance in Commercial Leases and Other Real Estate Contracts”, October 21, 2015, Association of Corporate Counsel, Bay Area Chapter, San Francisco, CA

Insurance provisions in leases tend to be the least understood provisions by both landlords and tenants.  Join us for an interactive workshop in which we will demystify the insurance provisions in standard commercial leases and other commercial real estate contracts.

“Successful Office Lease Strategies for Accommodating Growth”, September 15, 2015, Association of Corporate Counsel, Bay Area Chapter, San Francisco, CA

This engaging workshop will provide practical guidance to in-house counsel on how to navigate through the commercial real estate lease process.  Topics to be covered will include the current state of the San Francisco Bay Area office leasing market, assembling the leasing team, lease securitization including cash security deposits and letters of credit, assignment and subletting, premises surrender obligations, and kickout clauses.

“Strategies to Grow Your Business”, Mini-MBA Day 2015, June 3, 2015, Association of Corporate Counsel, Bay Area Chapter, Burlingame, CA

Presentation to inhouse counsel on unique issues facing tenants in current office leasing market.

“Growing Pains: Lease Structure, Exit Strategies, and Creating Leverage with Your Landlord as Your Business Evolves”, May 28, 2015, Association of Corporate Counsel, Bay Area Chapter, Redwood City, CA

In this booming economy, companies are growing and growing fast! Often the space tenants initially lease does not keep pace with the growth of their companies and they need new space or different space.  For these tenants, getting out of a lease can be as important as getting into a lease.  This panel discussion will provide guidance to in-house counsel on how to negotiate a termination of a lease and/or how to position its client to move out of space that no longer works.  Topics to be covered will include negotiation of early termination of leases, assignment and subletting provisions in leases and bankruptcy considerations.

“Off on the Right Foot – Seven Steps to a Successful Office Lease”, March 26, 2015, Association of Corporate Counsel, Bay Area Chapter, Redwood City, CA

The San Francisco Bay Area office market is booming and there is increasing pressure to lock down space quickly.  It can be overwhelming for tenants to evaluate possible premises and associated economic deal terms and finalize a lease.  This engaging workshop will provide practical guidance to in-house counsel on how to navigate through the commercial real estate lease process.  Topics to be covered will include the current state of the San Francisco Bay Area office leasing market, assembling the leasing team, letters of intent, due diligence checklists regarding feasibility of premises for tenant’s proposed use, ensuring data security/privacy, and effective use of brokers and outside counsel.