Jesse Sharf is a partner in the Century City office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is Co-Chair of the firm's Real Estate Department. His real estate practice experience includes extensive representation of all types of investors, lenders and developers. On the lender side, Jesse represents mezzanine lenders, construction lenders, CMBS lenders, and portfolio lenders in workouts, whole loan sales, syndications and participations, foreclosures and other enforcement actions, construction lending, mezzanine lending, CMBS lending and structured finance lending transactions. In addition, Jesse represents real estate funds, developers and institutional and non-institutional investors in all areas of real estate, including: workouts; acquisition of distressed loans and other assets; construction, permanent, securitized, mezzanine and participating financing; environmental aspects of real estate transactions; loan restructuring, workouts and enforcement; all aspects of commercial development; acquisition and sale of vacant land, office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels, shopping centers, and other commercial and residential properties; acquisition, sale and financing of loan portfolios; forming and representing limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships and joint ventures; sale-leaseback transactions; representation of REIT's; commercial leasing; ground leasing and ground leasehold financing; and contractor, architect, broker and management agreements. Currently and for the past several years, Mr. Sharf has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of real estate law by Chambers USA, where he consistently ranks in the first tier of real estate lawyers, Legal 500, where he is ranked one of the top 9 leading real estate lawyers in the United States, Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America®. In 2013, he was named one of the Daily Journal’s Top Real Estate Lawyers and was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Angelenos to Know in Real Estate Law.”
Jesse received his law degree from the New York University School of Law in 1986, where he was Editor of the New York University Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and international relations, with a minor in economics, cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. Jesse lives in Santa Monica with his wife, and some combination of his three boys and his dog. Jesse is the Chair of the Real Estate and Construction Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and is on Cedars Sinai’s Board of Governors and on the boards of Los Angeles Hebrew High School, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Ziman Center. Jesse is a frequent lecturer on real estate, joint venture and real estate finance issues.