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Dawn Saunders


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Dawn Saunders


  • J.D., University of San Diego, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • B.S., Pepperdine University, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California

Dawn Saunders is a dynamic collaborator whose proactive, service-oriented approach to the leasing process supports both landlords and tenants — laying the groundwork for mutually-beneficial, long-term relationships.  She brings 20 years of legal experience to her commercial real estate practice, helping clients maximize their investments and advance their business objectives.

Having represented large institutional landlords as well as a full range of real estate end users, particularly in the life sciences, technology and laboratory sectors, she understands both the big picture and the technical ins and outs of getting deals done efficiently and effectively.

“Landlords and tenants in highly regulated industries like life sciences are in it together for the long-term. When I see clients working collaboratively to create relationships that last beyond a single lease, I know we’ve done it right.”

Her leasing practice encompasses an array of industries, from retail and office to lab and industrial/R&D.  Additionally, Dawn is frequently sought to provide legal advice to clients on the real estate implications of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, as well as related corporate financing and restructuring.

Dawn’s representative matters include:

  • Representation of landlord in connection with two build-to-suit lease transactions, one in Northern California and one in Southern California, totaling over 800,000 square feet to a publicly-traded life sciences company
  • Representation of landlord in connection with lease of approximately 200,000 square foot data center facility in Southern California
  • Representation of publicly traded technology company in connection with colocation and data center agreements in support of its global operations
  • Representation of a national online retailer for the leasing of warehouse/distribution facilities, ranging from 50,000 to 250,000 square feet, throughout the United States
  • Representation of a publicly traded technology company in the leasing of a 90,000-square-foot office/R&D facility in the Sorrento Mesa submarket of San Diego
  • Representation of public company in connection with lease transactions throughout the United States and internationally, including coordination, review, and supervision of foreign legal counsel for lease of facilities and acquisition of related capital improvements and equipment in a 260,000-square-foot office and electronic lab building in Bangalore, India
  • Representation of a landlord in connection with the leasing of a 500,000-square-foot industrial park in the Sorrento Mesa submarket of San Diego to various tenants, including lease of over 100,000 square feet to a large, publicly traded life sciences company
Professional & Community Involvement
  • NAIOP, San Diego Chapter Board of Directors
  • San Diego Super Lawyers, Real Estate (2015-2020)
  • “Top Influential Women,” The Daily Transcript (2018)
  • “Business Women of the Year Awards,” San Diego Business Journal (2017)
  • “Top 25: 2017 Women San Diego Super Lawyers” (2017)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Real Estate (2014)
  • “Women Who Mean Business,” San Diego Business Journal (2010)
  • “Local Counsel with Dawn Saunders” — 2017 San Diego Super Lawyers — February 2017
  • “Legal Issues Surrounding Life Sciences” — GlobeSt.com — May 25, 2016
  • “Why Life Sciences Leases Are Not Your Average Transaction” — Law360 — March 14, 2016
  • “Going Global? Take Your Real Estate Attorney With You” — Corporate Counsel — October 8, 2014
  • Co-author: “AB 1103 Update: Postponement of Certain Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Requirements” — Real Estate and Green Building Alert — September 11, 2014
  • “SB 1186 Update: California Legislature Attempts to Promote Compliance with Accessibility Standards and to Curtail Vexatious Litigation” — Real Estate Alert — May 22, 2013