COMMERCIAL LEASING. Commercial rents in California and New York are typically one of a company’s largest long-term fixed capital costs. I work with principals, operations managers and in-house counsel to mitigate risk and control costs in negotiations for office, life sciences, industrial, production & distribution, cannabis cultivation, retail and restaurant facilities.
Amidst the current COVID-19 crisis, I am helping clients strategize existing lease workouts and optimize their leverage in new lease negotiations to help control costs and ensure their leases align with market trends and business continuity goals.
REAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS. I work with real estate owners and investors on for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) residential sales, entity formation for investment structuring, commercial property sales, financings, title and due diligence matters. I ensure deals are well-structured and closings smooth and compliant. I am also a licensed real estate broker and represent residential home buyers in California.
BUSINESS PURCHASES & SALES. I represent small-to-medium sized businesses and closely-held companies in connection with the legal structuring and execution of business purchases and sales.
OUTSIDE GENERAL COUNSELING. I serve as right hand woman to C-level executives and business owners who need a trusted partner for legal advice and protection on operational and transactional matters. I offer on-demand and retainer support services for venture-backed and boot-strapped companies at all stages of their business lifecycle. Flat fee packages for company formations and trademark filings are available.
DISPUTE SETTLEMENT & MEDIATION. Disputes between parties in closely-held companies can feel overwhelming, and extremely personal to even seasoned business owners. I help clients parse out the personal from the professional, clarify their objectives and negotiate practical, reasonable solutions to settle discord.
About Laura Drossman
With more than 15 years of experience in private practice, I provide sound, practical counsel and local market expertise on real estate and business law matters in California and New York. My diverse client base ranges from venture-backed startups and emerging growth companies, SMBs, closely-held companies, as well as residential owners, investors, purchasers and sellers.
I was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, and regularly write and present on timely real estate law topics.
I am licensed to practice in California and New York.
"Responsive, quick, thorough, smart, on top of the little things and capable of tweaking her level of aggressiveness, based on our desire, with the other sides counsel. All of the skills that we looked for in an attorney to handle a delicate matter. Very pleased with Laura."
"Laura did a fantastic job on a very tricky lease transaction. She was both a thoughtful advisor to me, and a tenacious advocate for my interests. She clearly explained the ins and outs of the legal work, and was a pleasure to work with."
"Laura and I have been working collaboratively on my company's B2B and retail e-commerce operation, and she has been an invaluable advisor. Simply put, Dross is the Boss."
"Laura provided a thorough and sound commercial lease review with extremely fast turnaround. Additionally, she is easy to work with and able to convey complex matters in an easy to digest format."
"Laura is an awesome communicator and really knows her stuff. I will be using her for all my business real estate needs."
PUBLICATIONS, HONORS & AFFILIATIONS
Executive Committee Member, California Lawyers Association Real Property Law Section, (2020).
Contributing Editor, Continuing Education of the Bar, California Office Leasing (2020).
Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2018, 2019).
Co-Panelist, Gotcha, Tenant! Hidden Tricks and Traps in Today's Commercial Lease Forms, California Lawyers Association Real Property Retreat (2018).
Author, 6 Essential TENANT Tips for Negotiating Your Commercial Lease, published on UpCounsel and General Counsel News (2017).
Co-Panelist, Latest on High Tech Office Leasing in the Bay Area and Beyond, California State Bar Real Property Retreat (2017).
Member, Marin County Bar Association, (2019 - Present).
MCLE Workshop Leader, Flying with Unicorns: Representing Start-Ups & Rapidly Growing High Tech Companies With Respect to Commercial Leasing (2016).