Seth Garrett


Seth has a unique “insider” perspective on real estate. As a former commercial real estate broker, Seth’s in-depth understanding of his clients’ issues and what they need from their law firm enables him to be a deal-maker and provide meaningful guidance on a wide range of matters.

Through this work, Seth honed his negotiation and transactional skills while representing commercial and industrial real estate developers, business owners, and investors. This skill set along with his legal proficiency aids him in solving multidimensional and highly sophisticated transactional matters. Seth takes a balanced approach to negotiations by finding common ground between parties and believes that delivering exceptional service is not optional, but critical to his clients’ goals.

Seth focuses on strategic planning, negotiation, and documentation in relation to transactional real estate and business matters, including: investment, acquisitions and dispositions (including 1031exchange transactions), planning and development, leasing, financing, construction and property management of retail, office, industrial, multifamily, residential and hospitality projects throughout the United States as well as entity formation, governance and dissolutions of limited liability companies, corporations and partnerships. From large-scale multi-use developments to office projects, retail, industrial and hotels, he has negotiated and closed almost every asset and deal type.

His clients include highly sophisticated institutional investors, real estate investment trusts (REITS), multi-national corporations, for both their owned and leased properties, as well as entrepreneurial individuals and entities. Seth’s recent representations include Beacon Capital Partners, Boston Properties, Chick-fil-A, Goldman Sachs, Irvine Company, Kilroy Realty Corporation, Lennar Homes, Societe Brewing Company, Tishman Speyer and Zurich.

Seth is actively involved in the business, real estate and legal communities. He has served as Chair, Vice Chair, and New Member-at-Large of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Real Property Section and was previously a member of the Editorial Board of San Diego Lawyer magazine. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, Building Industry Association, y|GEN and NAIOP. He volunteers his services with the California Innocence Project, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Honor Foundation, and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. He previously served as an adjunct professor at University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate where he taught “Legal Aspects of Real Estate.”

– Named to the San Diego Business Journal’s “Top 100 Leaders in Law” (2022)
– Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers San Diego Rising Stars (2022-2023)

– Acquisition of a three-building office complex totaling approximately 235,000 square feet.
– Acquisition of a three-building office campus totaling approximately 302,000 square feet.
– Acquisition and disposition of multiple industrial buildings totaling approximately 75,000 square feet.
– Disposition of multiple multifamily residential projects totaling 314 units.
– Acquisition of a 40,000-square foot, multi-story office building.
– Acquisition of a 50,000-square foot retail, office and hotel building.
– Acquisition of an 11,806-square foot office condominium.
– Disposition of multiple land sites totaling approximately 25 acres.

– 10-year, 60,000-square foot office lease.
– 10-year, 17,500-square foot office lease.
– 10-year, 11,200-square foot office lease.
– Seven-year, 11,200-square foot office lease.
– 10-year, 24,475-square foot office lease.

– Represented owner client in the negotiation of a construction agreement for the
renovation of a three-story, 60,000-square foot office building.
– Represented owner client in the negotiation of a construction agreement for the
redevelopment of a52,000-square foot historical building.
– Represented owner client in the negotiation of a trade agreement for the fabrication and installation of an approximately 21,000-square foot aluminum and glass curved roof enclosure system.
– Represented owner client in the negotiations of multiple subcontractor agreements for the development and construction of an 86-unit multifamily residential project.

– Represented clients in drafting, negotiating, reviewing, and interpreting a wide variety of business contracts, including: license agreements, term sheets, operating agreements, joint venture agreements, syndication and subscription agreements, tenancy-in-common agreements, consulting contracts, employment-related agreements, asset purchase agreements, and settlement agreements.

– Commercial Real Estate Transactions
– Real Estate Finance
– Construction Contracts

– J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
– B.S., University of Arizona

– California
– Louisiana
– Texas

– NAIOP, San Diego Chapter; Developing Leaders, Mentorship Program (Liaison) and Giving Back Committee
– San Diego County Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Executive Committee (Chair, Vice Chair and New Member-at-Large)
– Urban Land Institute (ULI) San Diego-Tijuana Chapter
– Building Industry Association (BIA), y|GEN
– University of San Diego Alumni Association
– University of Arizona Alumni Association

– Moody’s, Others Say Industrial Sector Starting to Soften – Seth A. Garrett in
– California’s Industrial Market Finally Prepares for Normalcy, But It’s Still the Hottest Sector in JD Supra
– Seth Garrett Named to San Diego Business Journal’s ‘Top 100 Leaders in Law’
– Trends in Commercial Real Estate: Tips on How to Best Negotiate, Renew, or Protect Your Lease Terms – ACC San Diego