Jeffry R. Jones, a shareholder in the firm, is a member of the firm's real estate and lender support groups. Mr. Jones' practice covers a wide diversity of real estate transactions for both public and private clients. On the private side, Mr. Jones has represented several developers of master planned communities in project setup and documenting the myriad of transactions involved in master planned communities. He is local counsel for Lennar Corporation, a national merchant homebuilder, and represented it in its acquisition/merger of Winncrest Homes, which at the time, was the largest residential transaction in Sacramento history, and in a subsequent transaction which involved multiple properties valued at over one billion dollars. He represents landowners and developers in forming joint ventures, and continues to represent merchant homebuilders Lennar Homes and JMC Homes on a day-to-day basis, handling acquisitions, dispositions, development and related work. He has also represented AKT Investments and other landowners in a series of transactions with solar energy companies for commercial production of solar energy. He has represented mitigation bank and mitigation rights developers in connection with its environmental mitigation bank documentation.
On the public side, Mr. Jones has served as special counsel to public agencies in numerous public and private transactions. Some of the most notable of those transactions include representation of the State of California Public Employees Retirement System in complicated acquisition, financing and workout transactions; the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors in connection with the mixed-use development in Marina Del Rey, providing real estate counsel on complicated and innovative leasing, subleasing and financing transactions involving property worth hundreds of millions of dollars; the County of Ventura as advisory counsel for a similar, smaller scale project; and the Daly City Redevelopment Agency in its partial acquisition, cotenancy and financing of a completed office building within the redevelopment project area.
Mr. Jones is listed in U.S. News and World Report 2014 Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Real Estate Law, and has been listed as a Best Lawyer since 2008. Mr. Jones has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2004 and 2009 through 2013.