M.J. Pritchett

M.J. represents real estate private equity and institutional investors in buying, selling, and financing all kinds of real property.
M.J. Pritchett, Partner, San Francisco at Arent Fox

M.J.’s practice focuses on representing real estate private equity and institutional investors in real estate acquisition, disposition, joint venture entity formation, financing, and leasing across a wide array of real estate types, including office, agriculture, multifamily, low-income housing, senior living, student housing, and retail.

Client Work

M.J.’s recent representative projects include:

  • Representing an institutional investor in the acquisition of more than 40,000 acres of former sugar cane land and water rights in Hawaii, as well as in the lease/purchase of more than 9,000 acres of almond orchards in California’s Central Valley.
  • Representing a global investment bank in connection with the acquisition of six different portfolios of existing apartment buildings in San Francisco and Berkeley, totaling more than 100 properties.
  • Representing a real estate private equity investment company in the acquisition of a portfolio of seven apartment projects in the north San Francisco Bay Area and a senior and assisted living facility in Fresno, California.
  • Representing a real estate private equity investment company in the acquisition, financing, and disposition of a student housing project for redevelopment in Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Representing a real estate private equity investment company in the negotiation of a joint venture agreement and the construction financing for a multi-use multifamily project adjacent to a BART station in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Representing a private investor in the acquisition, refinancing, and leasing of a portfolio of five office buildings in Carlsbad, California.

Previous Work

Prior to joining ArentFox Schiff, M.J. was a partner in a prominent global law firm.

Professional Activities

M.J. is a member of the California State Bar, Real Property Section.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

M.J.’s publications and presentations include:

  • Guest Lecturer: "Land Use," Real Estate Transactions & Litigation Course, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Fall 2017, 2018
  • “Commercial Real Estate Defaults, Workouts and Reorganizations,” sponsored by the American Law Institute; 2013
  • “California Real Estate Finance Practice: Strategies and Forms,” co-author, CEB; 2000

Life Beyond the Law

M.J. is an active supporter of the Downtown Oakland YMCA and the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley.