Stephen G. Stwora-Hail2019-03-14T20:46:30-07:00

Stephen G. Stwora-Hail

Steve has more than 30 years of experience in greater Sacramento’s real estate community. He brings unrivaled depth and breadth of knowledge of real estate law to the negotiation table representing commercial developers of retail, office, industrial/warehousing and residential projects with the acquisition, land use, development, construction and leasing of their properties. He negotiates on behalf of sophisticated landlords as well as anchor and credit tenants and knows the critical issues of both sides. Steve represents financial institutions and developers in negotiating real estate secured loans and workouts. He also assists developers in forming entities to hold their real estate interests for tax purposes and investment strategies.

Steve has assisted retail developers in development of strip centers, neighborhood centers and regional centers, and negotiating transactions on their behalf with national tenants such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Best Buy, Smart & Final, PetsMart, Staples, Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx, ToysRUs, Sports Chalet, Sports Authority, JoAnn’s, Pet Club, Office Max, Pier One, Sleep Train, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Tractor Supply, as well as national pad users such as Walgreens, Carl’s Jr., Starbucks, Panera Bread, Mimi’s Cafe, Chili’s, Kragen Auto Parts, In ‘n Out Burger, McDonald’s, Panda Express, Chipotle, Quizno’s, Chick‐Fil‐A, 7‐11, AutoZone, Habit Burger, Mod Pizza, Taco Bell, and Jamba Juice.

Steve represents agricultural clients in the sale, acquisition and leasing of farms, vineyards and ranches, and in negotiating easements, oil and gas leases, farm management agreements, crop purchase agreements, financing packages, and leases and easements for communication towers, wind turbines and solar farms. He assisted a national dairy concern in its acquisition of a 600‐acre farm in south Sacramento County where the acquisition costs were supplemented by negotiating conservation easements with The Nature Conservancy. Steve also represents a family of agricultural landowners on annexation and land use matters for their 1,000 acres located between the City of Suisun and Travis Air Force Base.

In addition to his extensive background in real estate matters, Steve has broad experience in a wide variety of other business transactions. He started his career as a tax and securities attorney in San Jose, forming private placement real estate syndications. When the 1986 Tax Act eliminated most tax advantages to real estate investments, Steve began to broaden his practice representing and advising the officers and board of local financial institutions, including banks and credit unions. In representing these institutions, he not only assisted them in federal and state compliance of their operations and lending instruments, but also advised them on vendor, IT and consultant contracts, human resources, anti‐trust issues, trademark and copyright issues, and general litigation support in all these matters. He also serves as outside general counsel to small and large companies on similar matters, assisting and guiding them through all their legal needs.

Steve has published numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on real property law for the American Bar Association, California’s Continuing Education of the Bar, and the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California. He coauthored chapters in two CEB publications concerning real property law.

Steve and his wife, Rene, enjoy hiking along the California coastline and about the Sierra Nevada mountains, as well as traveling to Europe. Although a terrible golfer, Steve still enjoys being on the course, but only on Company time and the Company dime.

Honors and Rankings:
Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent® Rating – the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards

Education:
Santa Clara University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1982
University of Chicago, B.A., Political Science, 1977

Memberships:
• State Bar of California Real Property Section, Chair, 1998 ‐ 1999
• State Bar of California Real Property Section Executive Committee, 1995 ‐ 2001
• California Continuing Education of the Bar, Governing Committee, 2001‐2003
• California Continuing Education of the Bar, Advisory Committee for Real Estate Law, 2004‐2013
• International Council of Shopping Centers, Northern California State Government Relations Chair, 2015‐2018
• International Council of Shopping Centers, Northern California Planning and Program Committee, 2006‐present
• California Business Properties Association, Advisory Board, 1993‐present
• Sacramento Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, 1996‐present
• San Joaquin County Business Council, Inc., director, 2001‐2003

Email:
steve@cohendurrett.com