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Mr. Hill specializes in commercial real estate law, with an emphasis on development projects, purchase and sale transactions, leasing, and financing. Mr. Hill also has significant experience in preparing and negotiating construction and architectural agreements and in forming real estate-related business entities such as limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures.


Before joining Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder LLP in 2004, Mr. Hill was a real estate associate with Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco and Orange County.


Representative Transactions

  • Representation of public real estate investment trust in connection with leasing its portfolio of over 2 million square feet of office, industrial, and mixed-used/research and development properties.

  • Representation of private institutional investor in connection with its acquisition, development (both ground up and rehabilitation) and financing of over 1 million square feet of industrial properties.

  • Representation of mining and aggregates companies in connection with the disposition of mined-out sites, including transfers to environmental conservancies.

  • Representation of technology companies in connection with the purchase and/or leasing of new headquarter sites.

  • Representation of owners of multi-family housing projects in connection with Freddie Mac financing, including related restructuring of ownership entities.


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Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
    18 years
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 25%
    18 years
  3. Real Estate: 25%
    18 years
  4. Contracts: 15%
    18 years
  5. Corporate: 10%
    4 years


Payment types:

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Contact info

Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder LLP

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


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Fortune MagazineTop Ranked Law Firms in U.S.2015
Best LawyersU.S. News - Best Law Firms2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Best LawyersU.S. News - Best Law Firms2014
U.S. News - Best Law FirmBest Lawyers2013
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
U.S. News - Best Law FirmBest Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Rising StarsSouthern California Super Lawyers2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Rising StarsSouthern California Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Rising StarsSouthern California Super Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGarrett De Frenza Stiepel Ryder LLP2004 - Present
AssociatePillsbury Winthrop LLP1998 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
CalCIMAMember2012 - Present
UCI Center for Real EstateAffiliate Member2011 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1998 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Newsletter ArticleRemoval of Abandoned Cable2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Princeton Theological SeminaryN/AM.Div.1995
Westmont CollegeUndergraduateBA - Bachelor of Arts1990