2nd Annual REAL Symposium – January 30, 2013

REAL Symposium 2013 Planning Committee 

  • Chris Bailey, RB Capital Partners
  • John K. Chapin, California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • David Fu, David Fu,Esq.
  • Erica Hess, Berbay Corporation
  • Skip Justman, Justman Associates
  • David P. Lanferman, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • John Mackel, Larkspur Hotel
  • Greg Markow, The Markow Law Group
  • Ashley Means, SPIRE
  • Jose Mendoza, Klinedinst PC
  • Donald C. Nanney, Gilchrist & Rutter Prof. Corp.
  • Scott Rogers, Rutan & Tucker
  • Mia Weber Tindle, Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Gillian van Muyden, Glendale City Attorney’s Office
  • Andy Walburger, SPIRE
  • Kenneth R. Whitting,Jr., Schiff Hardin LLP
  • Mary Work, Mary Work, Esq.
REAL Symposium 2013 gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors:

  • Berbay Marketing & Public Relations
  • Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP
  • Dostart Development Company, LLC
  • Focus Business Bank
  • Gilchrist & Rutter PC
  • Justman Associates
  • Mckenna Long & Aldridge LLP
  • RB Capital Partners
  • Rutan & Tucker, LLP
  • San Francisco Business Times
  • Schiff Hardin LLP
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal

Program Schedule of Events

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Welcome – Symposium Co-Chairs

Steve Dostart, President, Dostart Development Company, LLC

Kenneth R. Whitting, Jr., Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Featured Panel 1: Place of Mind: Tech Space Use and Real Estate Ramifications


Tim Tosta, Partner, McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP,

Ed Axelsen, Director of Real Estate & Facilities, Twitter

Tiffany Griego, Director of Asset Management, Stanford Real Estate

Justin Gurvitz, Real Estate Counsel, Facebook

John Igoe, Director, Design & Construction, Northern California, Google

Thomas Robinson, Principal, Lever Architecture

Technology and social media companies are offering new paradigms for the workplace. In an unending quest to attract the best talent, to nurture the height of creativity, and to harvest the innovative products of collaborative thinking, these companies are changing what it means to “work”. But these shifts in the workplace also lead to changes affecting the communities in which the operate. Issues of sustainability, transportation, housing and demographic transitions accompany the economic benefits that these companies bestow.
Join us for informal conversation with the leading thinkers in the most recognized and prolific organizations that are indeed shaping a new way for the Bay Area workplace. We will discuss how they do what they do, what they think about, how they interact with their communities and what they forecast for the future of workspace and its ramifications to the real estate industry.

2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 


2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

Keynote Speaker: John B. Taylor
Economic Policy and Reality in the New Presidential Term

John B. Taylor, Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution. Please be sure to be on hand for Ms. Taylor’s insightful thoughts and ideas on current economic trends and recent political events.

2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. 


3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m 

Featured Panel 2: Redevelopment Agencies – Gone with the Wind: From the Wind-Down to What’s Next


Gillian van Muyden, Chief Assistant City Attorney, City Attorney’s Office, Glendale, California

Richard Close, Partner, Gilchrist & Rutter PC

Zane Gresham, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Denise Pinkston, Partner, TMG Partners

Redevelopment Agencies remain dissolved without replacement following Governer Brown’s veto of redevelopment legislation. Tax increment financing for redevelopment projects- Gone! To help you move on to What’s Next, this panel of legal and business experts will discuss these and other questions: What did we lose when Redevelopment Agencies were dissolved? What processes, challenges  and opportunities arise from the wind- down? What is happening with mid- stream projects and assets in the hands of successor agencies or oversight boards? What methods, means, and financing are available for real estate developers going forward? What incentives and support can or should public agencies offer for projects? What kinds of projects will be feasible in this new era? What complications may arise from laws still on the books but with assumptions that no longer exist? How are real estate developers dealing ( or how might they deal) with the business and legal challenges of this sea change?

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 


4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Real Estate Development: A view from our island

Micahel Covarrubias, Chairman & CEO, TMG Partners

San Francisco and Silicon Valley are leading a post- 2008/2009 economic recovery that is truly unique in the United States, as well as the world. This raises the question: Can the Bay Area preserve its status as an island above the rest of the choppy waters?

During the past 28 years, TMG Partners has developed millions of square feet of mixed use projects all over the Bay Area. Come listen to one company’s perspective.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Hosted Reception