If you own, buy, or sell office, shopping center, or industrial property, or are starting, buying, or selling a business, you need the right professionals in your corner. MSMLaw is dedicated to making sure you understand your documents and feel empowered to make the best choices possible to achieve your goals.
Let us break it down for you: We can stay on top of your deal from start to finish. We are expert drafters, negotiators, and issue spotters. We can prepare your contracts, guide you through the maze of due diligence/financing/closing documents, and provide crucial advice and counsel every step of the way.
Ever notice how some lawyers care more about billable time than performing on time? At MSMLaw, we value our clients' bottom line. Our job is to "cover your back," explain the legal "rules of the game," and make sure you aren’t blindsided or “out-lawyered” by the other side.
The law is serious business — which is why we are so serious about protecting you and your business. Myra "gets" that clients have better things to do than pore over confounding legal documents. But at the same time, we all know that sloppy legal drafting and poor (or no) legal representation often leads to costly and time-consuming disputes—and potentially disastrous litigation. Let us handle your transaction properly on the front end, so you're not fighting over vague or missing terms later on.
Myra has been practicing law for over 30 years. She received her law degree, Cum Laude, from Fordham University School of Law in New York City. Upon graduating from law school in 1987, Myra began "cutting her teeth" at the New York firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges as an associate in its real estate department. She relocated to the Bay Area in 1989, where she developed her "West Coast chops" at Cooley, Godward, Castro, Huddleson and Tatum's Palo Alto branch office. By the end of 1990, Myra decided that big-firm life wasn't her cup of tea on either coast, and joined the San Francisco boutique law firm of Stein, Lubin & Lerner (now Lubin, Olson & Niewiadomski LLP) where she practiced real estate and general business law for another 4-1/2 years. Myra left Stein Lubin in May 1995 to launch her own solo practice in Oakland.
Among other affiliations, Myra is a member of the California State Bar's sections on Business Law and Real Property Law; the Bar Association of San Francisco; and has served as past Co-Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association's Business Law section. Myra has served as an Articles Editor for the California Real Property Journal and currently serves as an annual update editor to CEB on its Ground Lease Practice, Office Leasing, and Retail Leasing titles. Myra volunteers annually as a scorer for the Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition. And she is a member of Provisors, a highly-regarded community of professionals who serve their clients as trusted advisors.
In her spare time, Myra nurtures an alter ego as a prolific women's fiction author under the pen name Sheryl Sorrentino. "Sheryl" has written and self-published six contemporary multicultural fiction novels, with her latest, Smarter Than That, released in Spring 2017. Chock full of her signature irreverent language and other “un-lawyerly” matter, Sheryl Sorrentino's novels take readers on a brazen, fun ride.
Last but not least, Myra is the founder of 13 PAGES Indivisible, the 13th Congressional District Progressive Alliance for Government Ethics and Sanity (one of the thousands of political action coalitions that sprang up all over the country following the 2016 election). The mission of 13 PAGES Indivisible is to preserve and promote a progressive agenda to benefit and protect all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, level of income, or nationality of origin; to monitor and demand ethics and sanity in government; and to inform and empower the next generation of voters.
Celine is Myra's right hand, go-to point person for backup support in meeting client deadlines. She provides consistent, top-notch skill and fresh perspective to MSMLaw matters. Celine received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2009 and recently launched her own independent solo practice, Strata Legal (http://stratalegalca.com). Celine previously worked for a San Francisco boutique law firm, where she represented major financial institutions and mid-sized regional banks, and litigated various commercial real estate matters. She has experience negotiating, structuring, and drafting a wide range of loan and real estate documents, including leases, business covenants, security agreements, note sales, loan modification and forbearance agreements, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and short sale agreements. Drawing upon her real estate litigation background, Celine is well-versed at pinpointing and mitigating potential contract risks and setting a strategy for avoiding and resolving conflicts.
Originally from Hong Kong, Celine is fluent in Cantonese, and conversant in Mandarin. She is the past President of the Asian Business League of San Francisco, and is currently a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, its Solo Practice and Small Firm, Women, and Real Estate sections.
When not generously providing backup and co-counsel services to MSMLaw, Laura runs her own practice, DrossmanLaw (http://www.drossmanlaw.com). Laura received a B.F.A. from New York University and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Immediately after graduation, she served as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D. in Louisiana. She then practiced as a real estate attorney at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP (San Francisco), Kutak Rock LLP (Denver) and Cassin & Cassin LLP (New York), handling complex commercial transactions including mortgage financing and securitization offerings, property purchases and sales, leasing and property management transactions and various corporate law matters. She is currently an active member of the State Bars of both California and New York, serving clients on both coasts.
Laura has negotiated hundreds of commercial leases and provided local market expertise to founders, principals, operational and facilities managers and in-house counsel seeking space for their organizations. She also provides ongoing strategic transactional and operational legal support to businesses, managing the legal aspects of corporate transactions including asset and stock purchases and sales, mergers and acquisitions, debt and dispute settlements, company and partnership structuring, licensing, company governance, and e-commerce matters.