Danielle R. Stephens is a partner in the Real Estate Department at Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason LLP. Her focus is on leasing (including office, retail, industrial, and agricultural land), financing, acquisitions and sales, title matters, Brownfields development and environmental transactions with a focus on contractual negotiations requiring collaborative deal-making. The ever-increasing complexity of California real estate and environmental law demands the attention of a specialized attorney such as Danielle. Danielle has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent Lawyer, the highest rating awarded, and received Martindale-Hubbell’s Gold Client Champion Award in 2018. She has also been recognized as a Northern California SuperLawyer.
Danielle represents investors acquiring and selling real property, business owners who are entering into their first lease or their 10th, landlords in the preparation of form leases for mixed use projects, office buildings, shopping centers and industrial parks, and businesses looking to purchase a building for their expanding operations and obtain financing. Danielle’s expertise in Small Business Administration (SBA) and Commercial Mortgage Backed Security (CMBS) lending, and fine-tuned processes are utilized to ensure that borrowers quickly satisfy lender conditions and that loan documents are reviewed and negotiated in an efficient manner. Danielle is also a trusted advisor to property owners and developers struggling to buy, sell, lease or finance contaminated properties. In addition to this expertise, after years of representing the largest US wireless telephone company, Danielle is uniquely positioned to assist landowners and wireless companies in negotiating and preparing land, tower and rooftops leases for cell sites.
Danielle is currently serving on the Board of Fairytale Town, a non-profit organization promoting the imagination, creativity and education of children, and on the Board of California Lawyers Association. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Sacramento County Bar Association, and as the Vice President and President of the Sacramento County Bar Association's Real Property Section. She has also held leadership roles in California Real Estate for Women (CREW) and the Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE). Danielle is a graduate of the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s 2016 Leadership Sacramento program, the City of Sacramento’s 2017 Management Academy and the FBI’s 2018 Citizen Academy. In 2014, the Sacramento Business Journal recognized Danielle as Best of the Bar and has recognized her every year since. Sacramento Magazine also recognized Danielle as a Top Lawyer in 2017 and 2018.
Danielle obtained her B.A. in Communications with a Minor in Business from Santa Clara University in 2002, cum laude. She earned her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2004, top ten percent, with a Certificate in Public Interest and Social Justice Law. While at law school, Danielle was a member of the Santa Clara Law Review and the President of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
Enforced environmental indemnity provision to collect significant costs incurred by the property owner in connection with a third party’s remediation activities.
Assisted a responsible party with the negotiation of an environmental access agreement permitting entry to an adjacent site to perform remediation activities while limiting the scope of the client’s liability.
Negotiated a cost sharing agreement to allocate environmental liability between the property owner and dry cleaning operator.
Guided a shopping center owner through the SB445 grant process to fund the remediation of releases from a prior tenant's dry cleaning operations.
Negotiated hundreds of commercial leases for landlords and tenants, including retail, office and industrial leases.
Negotiated, documented and closed the acquisition and disposition of office buildings, net-leased single tenant investment properties, commercial condominiums, and industrial buildings, including the purchase of a 7,000 square foot office condominium on K Street in Sacramento, the purchase of a 6,000 square foot single tenant building in a shopping center in Redding, and a $3M sale of an industrial building in Santa Clara.
Represented a large, family-owned winery in the acquisition of more than 9,000 acres of land in San Joaquin County.
Represented the largest United States wireless telephone company in real estate matters in its Central California, Northern California and Northern Nevada service areas, including negotiation and preparation of leases for land, tower and rooftop leases for hundreds of cell sites, as well as the acquisition of Subordination, Non Disturbance and Attornment Agreements from national banks.
Negotiated anchor shopping center lease for a Sacramento owned and operated specialized grocery store.
Represented high-end clothing retailer in lease negotiations with Westfield.
Guided a physician through the process of acquiring a mixed use, multi-unit building in San Francisco, and securing SBA financing for the purchase and extensive building remodel.
Negotiated the loan agreement, deed of trust, indemnity agreement and other ancillary documents required by lender to provide financing for the expansion of a bed and breakfast establishment in Placerville.
Acted as local counsel assisting out-of-state counsel navigate the nuances of purchasing and financing real property in California.
Prepared an agricultural lease for over 2,000 acres of land involving the construction of a mill, a nursery, wind turbines and residential housing.
Successfully acquired a settlement from a National Title Company in connection with an ownership dispute.
Negotiated and closed the purchase of a 148-acre power plant site and numerous transmission line easements.
Represented landowners in connection with negotiation of the sale of cell tower leases and/or easements from companies such as Unison.
Danielle is currently on the Board of Directors of Fairytale Town, a non-profit organization promoting the imagination, creativity and education of children, and the State Bar's California Young Lawyers Association. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Sacramento County Bar Association , and as the Vice President and President of the Sacramento County Bar Association's Real Property Section. She has also held leadership roles in California Real Estate for Women (CREW) and the Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE). Danielle was also recently accepted to the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Leadership Sacramento Class of 2016.