Women in Leasing Law

Together We WILL Succeed!

The purpose of Women in Leasing Law is to promote the success of women commercial leasing lawyers by creating a supportive, educational environment in which we learn from each other and provide encouragement in growing our leasing practices.

November 4, 2019

San Francisco, CA

The Fifth Annual Northern California Women in Commercial Leasing Law Symposium

Event Schedule

Run Time: 8:30am – 5:45pm 

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Registration
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Welcome Remarks
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | KEYNOTE: Reflections on a Career in Commercial Leasing
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | The Current State of Retail: Imploding or Exploding? (0.5 Hour MCLE)
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | How do Landlords, Tenants, and Mortgagees Interact During the Negotiations of Estoppels and SNDAs (1 Hour MCLE)
12 noon – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch Keynote: Administrative Presiding Justice Mary J. Greenwood, the Sixth District Court of Appeal of the State of California
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Unconscious Bias – How to Spot It and Become an Inclusive Leader (1 Hour MCLE – Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society)
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | The Doctor is in: Leasing to Medical Related Uses (1 Hour MCLE)
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Unique Issues in Grocery Store Leasing (1 Hour MCLE)
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. | Reception


Essential Information


Register online

  • Or mail the registration form to: Program Registrations, California Lawyers Association, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Or email Program Registrations at ProgramRegistrations@CALawyers.org. In order to email your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)
  • On-site registration is subject to availability. Call to confirm space availability.


Real Property Law Section Members: $200 for all panels
Non Section Members: $280 for all panels
California Young Lawyers: $100 for all panels
Non-Lawyers: $100 for all panels
Government/Public Sector Attorneys & Inhouse Counsel: $100 for all panels


In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to California Lawyers Association, or credit card information, must be received by October 28, 2019.


Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than October 28, 2019 and are subject to a $50 service charge. Refunds will not be available after October 28, 2019.


For special assistance please call 916-516-1760.


For registration information please call 916-516-1757. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content or section questions please RealProperty@calawyers.org or call 916-516-1752.

California Lawyers Association is an approved State Bar of California MCLE provider.

This event may be recorded. By attending this event, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded, and to any use, by the CLA, of your likeness, voice, and name in any and all media, including social media. If you do not want your name or photo to be used, please let us know in advance. We cannot, however, honor requests to opt out of the use of your image or voice if you choose to ask a question during one of the event sessions.


To read Jo Ann’s latest article about this year’s Women in Leasing Law event, please follow this link to the California Lawyers Association’s website.

November 8, 2018

San Francisco, CA

The Fourth Annual Northern California Women in Commercial Leasing Law Symposium

  • Spotlight on: Work Letters, for the Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association

    Panel 1: TI Allowances & Disbursements (1.0 MCLE) 1:30 – 2:30

  • Many leases provide for tenant improvement allowances and include complicated disbursement requirements. We will begin by hearing the broker’s perspective on how TI allowances are calculated. This session will then provide an overview of a typical disbursement process and we will hear the landlord’s and tenant’s concerns in connection with the disbursement process.

    Speakers: Elaine Andersson, Of Counsel, Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP

    Andrea Reeder, Vice President, CBRE


    Panel 2: Mechanic’s Liens (0.5 MCLE) 2:45 – 3:15

  • This session will provide a detailed description of the remedies that are available for contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and other entities on private works and public works. We will cover the steps that must be taken to perfect a mechanic’s lien, stop payment notice and payment bond rights. The defense that owners may assert will also be discussed.

    Speakers: Michelle Akerman, Senior Counsel, Hanson Bridgett LLP

    Donnelly A. Gillen, Attorney, Hanson Bridgett LLP

    Karla Deshon, President & CEO, Paradigm General Contractors


    Panel 3: AIA Contracts – What Every Leasing Lawyer needs to know (1.0 MCLE) 3:30 – 4:30

  • Many work letters detail key elements that the landlord insists be included in the AIA contract between the tenant and its general contractor. This session will review a typical landlord provision, highlight possible tenant pushbacks and provide an overview of the AIA contract.

    Speakers: K Chung, Design Director, Gensler [Architects]

    Krista Kim, Valence Law Group

    Laura H. Scripture, Principal, Summit Construction Management

November 8, 2017

San Francisco, CA

The Third Annual Northern California Women in Commercial Leasing Law Symposium

  • Spotlight on: Women in Construction – Understanding Work Letters, for the Real Property Law Section of the California State Bar


  • Kristin Paul, Executive Director, PGIM Real Estate
  • Karla Deshon, President & CEO, Paradigm GC
  • K. Chung, Design Director, Gensler
  • Angie Simon, President, Western Allied Mechanical, Inc.
  • Nancy Losey, Head of Office Operations, Lyft


Jo Ann Woodsum, Woodsum Law Offices


November 1, 2016

San Francisco, CA

The Second Annual Northern California Women in Commercial Leasing Law Symposium

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 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 an 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.

  • Spotlight on: Hot Topics in Retail Leasing from the In-House Leasing Lawyer’s Perspective, for the Commercial Leasing Subsection of the Real Property Law Section of the California State Bar

Real Property Law Section, Commercial Leasing Subsection, State Bar Headquarters, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA.


  • Marilyn Beardsley, Vice President, Real Estate Law, Safeway/Albertsons
  • Robin M. Cleary, Senior Counsel, Restoration Hardware, Inc.
  • Liesl Schweizer, Corporate Counsel, Tesla Motors, Inc.
  • Wendy Yu, Senior Counsel, The Gap.

Jo Ann Woodsum, the Law Offices of Jo Ann Woodsum.

Co-Sponsored by Women in Leasing Law.

Tuesday 9 AM – 5 PM @ the State Bar Headquarters


September 9, 2015

San Francisco, CA

The First Annual Northern California Women in Commercial Leasing Law Symposium

  • Spotlight on: Women Commercial Real Estate Brokers, for the Commercial Leasing Subsection of the Real Property Law Section of the California State Bar


    Margaret Duskin, Cushman & Wakefield
    Kazuko Morgan, Cushman & Wakefield
    Tori Hockersmith, CBRE
    Rhonda Diaz, DTZ
    Jenny Haeg, Custom Spaces

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