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Marcello Franco DeFrenza

Marcello Franco DeFrenza

Practice areas:

Real Estate, Commercial, Landlord & Tenant, Contracts & Agreements

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About Me

Mr. De Frenza specializes in real property law with an emphasis on commercial leasing, purchase and sale transactions, construction law, and financing.


Mr. De Frenza’s experience includes drafting and negotiating ground leases and leases for office, retail, restaurant, medical use and industrial space. He handles purchase and sale agreements for unimproved land and for office, research and development, retail, apartment, industrial, restaurant and hotel properties. Mr. De Frenza also prepares reciprocal easement agreements, property management agreements, covenants, conditions and restrictions, and various development-related agreements with public entities and between landowners.


Mr. De Frenza’s representation includes major insurance companies, real estate investment companies, real estate development companies, national and regional quick service and casual dining restaurant chains, national tenant representation of a real estate financial services firm, a wireless telecommunications company, property management companies and individuals. Mr. De Frenza also has provided real estate expertise in complex litigation matters involving real property.


Prior to co-founding Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder LLP, Mr. De Frenza was the supervising partner of the Business Group of the Orange County office of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP. Mr. De Frenza has been a speaker on due diligence in real estate transactions, premises liability issues, wireless communication site leases and recent developments in real property law.


Languages Spoken: English, Italian

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Contracts & Agreements: 25%
    27 years
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 25%
    27 years
  3. Commercial: 25%
    27 years
  4. Real Estate: 25%
    27 years


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Contact Info

Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder LLP

Pacific Arts Plaza
3200 Bristol Street, Suite 850
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626



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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGarrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder LLP2002 - Present
PartnerPillsbury Winthrop1991 - 2002

Association NamePosition NameDuration
South Coast Metro AllianceMember2002 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of California at Los AngelesN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1985