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Education

  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.

  • Stanford University, M.A., English Department Fellow

  • University of Washington, B.A., English, magna cum laude 

State Bar Admissions

  • California

Kenneth R. Whiting, Jr.

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Kenneth R. Whiting, Jr. is a Partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, with a practice focused on commercial real estate. He has over 30 years of experience in a broad range of real estate transactions, representing owners and developers in the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition of commercial and industrial properties.  He also has special expertise in matters involving tech and biotech office and R&D leases, ground leases,  railroad property, pipelines, fiber optics, project finance, and sports and entertainment venues. Mr. Whiting also regularly provides strategic advice to clients involved in litigation  matters.

Mr. Whiting served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California from 2009-2011, and as an Advisor from 2012-2014. He maintains an active pro bono practice advising several Bay Area non-profit corporations and their grantees on real estate and business matters.

  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.

  • Stanford University, M.A., English Department Fellow

  • University of Washington, B.A., English, magna cum laude 

  • California

  • Currently representing the fastest growing technology company in the U.S. in connection with its headquarters, R&D, office and retail leasing.

  • Currently representing a national foodservice distributor in connection with its California real property matters.

  • Currently representing Los Angeles County on ground lease transactions involving the development and redevelopment of hotel, apartment and commercial projects.

  • Currently representing multiple tech and biotech companies in connection with the leasing and subleasing of office and R&D space in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

  • Represented a Class 1 railroad in connection with the expansion of a major intermodal facility in Lathrop and the purchase and subsequent sale of approximately 160 acres of land in Fremont.

  • Represented the largest private landowner in California in connection with retail leases and loans secured by farm and industrial properties.

  • Represented a French company in connection with the renegotiation of wines leases in Napa County.

  • Represented a national REIT in connection with loans secured by shopping centers located in California.

  • Represented a Southern California hospital in connection with the ground lease of a medical office building and associated construction, finance and leasing matters.

  • Represented a public biotech company in connection with the disposition of three facilities in San Diego.

  • Represented a venture capital fund in connection with the development of an office building in Palo Alto.

  • Represented debt and equity investors in connection with the development and financing of cogeneration and wind power facilities.

  •  Represented a California public utility and 11 other pipeline companies in connection with their contribution of more than 15,000 miles of pipeline right-of-way to a developer for the construction of a nationwide fiber optics network.

  • Represented a foreign bank in connection with secured financings involving real property located in Texas, Hawaii and California.

  • Represented a multi-family REIT in connection with the disposition of a $280 million portfolio of 22 apartment properties located in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.

  • Represented the purchaser of a note secured by a distressed mixed-use construction project in the mid-Market area in San Francisco.

  • Mr. Whiting also served as a member of the teams representing:  (a) a major international  sports and entertainment company in connection with the development of Staples Center, the construction loan for LA Live, and the financing for Dignity Health Sports Park (then the Home Depot Center); (b) a major California landowner in connection with the perfection of development rights for a landmark 80,000-acre ranch located on the central coast in California; (c) a major U.S. industrial company in connection with development of eight “peaker” power plants in the State of California; and (d) a large U.S. manufacturing company in connection with a $4 billion secured financing involving 50 industrial plants located in 27 states. 

  • Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE)

  • Phi Beta Kappa