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Nossaman LLP

Danielle Sveska Gensch


T 415.438.7239
F 415.398.2438
50 California Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Danielle Sveska Gensch's practice focuses on real estate and land use issues.  She represents public agencies, pension funds, corporate entities, and developers in a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and loan transactions. 

Ms. Gensch has extensive experience in complex transaction and portfolio due diligence matters, including review of entitlements.  She has also represented developers and public agencies in a variety of public/private real estate financing programs, including low-income housing tax credits, tax increment financing, and property tax abatements. 

Her land use practice has included representation of developers and corporations in all phases of development – urban/suburban/rural, residential/office/retail/industrial and brownfields/greenfields.  She also has experience with transactional and land use aspects of mixed-use developments, including preparation of covenants, conditions, and restrictions and reciprocal easement agreements.

Prior to law school, Ms. Gensch was a transportation planner/traffic engineer at an engineering firm in the Washington, DC. area.

Representative Work

Real Estate

Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System.  Responsible for all commercial leasing activities in portfolio of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use buildings.  Lead attorney on acquisition of three multi-family residential buildings and sale of retail center.

San Jose Police and Fire Department Retirement Fund (SJP&F).  Responsible for all commercial leasing activities in portfolio.  Lead attorney on acquisition, development and leasing of LEED-certified office building of 120,000 square feet in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.  Provided ongoing corporate structuring advice for title-holding entities.

County of Sonoma.  Drafted purchase and sale agreement for complex public-private partnership associated with divestiture of County's solid waste assets.  Assisted in significant due diligence and procurement activities.

Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland.  Represented Children's in acquisition and financing of medical office building in Walnut Creek, California.  Provided assistance on non-profit restructuring and debt matters.

Automotive Client.  Lead attorney on acquisition of research and development facility in Carlsbad, California.

Various Clients.  Represented multiple purchasers of office condominiums, potential purchaser of hotel site and new master developer at Mission Bay in San Francisco. 

Life Insurance Company.  Negotiated loan documents and performed lender due diligence for Northern California loan transactions.

Tax Credit Syndicators.  Negotiated limited partnership agreements, loan documents and development agreements for low-income housing tax credit transactions.  Performed significant due diligence activities on portfolio of approximately 100 properties.

Food Service.  Negotiated property tax abatements and tax increment financing arrangements for manufacturer in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri.

Public Agency

San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority.  Advised on public meeting, conflict of interest and other public agency operational issues; current Assistant General Counsel to Agency.  Negotiated final lease terms for new ferry terminal in South San Francisco, California. 

San Francisco County Transportation Authority.  Advised on procedural and administrative code matters at public agency and committee meetings.  Negotiated quitclaim deeds and escrow arrangements associated with potential de-funding of mixed-use transportation and office facility.

Special District.  Negotiated amendments to joint powers authority-related documents and purchase and sale agreement for three-party land exchange.

Land Use and Natural Resources

Residential and Mixed-Use Developer.  Drafted and reviewed CEQA documentation for multiple proposed developments.  Advised on brownfields reuse issues for former burn dump, airfield and steel plant.

Residential Developer.  Reviewed environmental documentation for proposed reuse of former Marine Corps air station.  Advised client on development agreement issues.

Retailer.  Drafted appellate briefs for Illinois case involving claims of inadequate due process at special use public hearing.

Residential Developer.  Represented developer at extensive hearings for proposed 500-acre suburban Chicago residential and commercial development.

Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Northern California Rising Star" in 2014 by San Francisco magazine.
Danielle Sveska Gensch
Danielle Sveska Gensch



J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1999, cum laude

B.S., Cornell University, 1995, with distinction




Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Sections on Real Estate and State and Local Government

State Bar of California, Sections on Real Estate and Environmental Law

Urban Land Institute

President of Board of Directors, The Bethany Center (low income senior housing)

Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Northern California Rising Star" in 2014 by San Francisco magazine.
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