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Paul Churchill

Member / Managing Member, San Francisco Office / Co-Chair, Real Estate Practice



Paul is Managing Member of the firm’s San Francisco office and Co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice. Paul is a nationally recognized real estate attorney. His practice focuses on acquisition, development, leasing, secured financing, disposition, restructuring work, joint ventures, and other real estate matters. He has also served as counsel to pension fund advisors, financial institutions, and developers in connection with origination and restructuring of loans secured by real estate. Paul is consistently recognized by Best Lawyers® and other legal ranking organizations for excellence in real estate law, and he is ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Before joining Mintz, Paul served as chair of the San Francisco office of an international law firm.


  • University of California - Berkeley (JD)
  • University of California - Berkeley (BS)


  • Represented the buyer in the acquisition of Macy's I. Magnin Building in Union Square, San Francisco.
  • Represented a joint venture between a developer and a private real estate investment firm in the development, construction financing, leasing, and sale of Palo Alto Networks’ office campus in Santa Clara, California. This effort included representing the developer in the negotiation of the joint venture agreement, and representing the joint venture in the acquisition, phased construction, leasing, and phased sale of over 1,600,000 square feet of office and amenity space in the campus.
  • Represented a joint venture between a developer and CalPERS in acquisitions and financings of large multifamily properties totaling in excess of $1 billion. A number of these transactions were structured as purchases of shares in the REITs owning the properties.
  • Represented a joint venture between affiliates of Carlyle Partners and a Silicon Valley-based developer in the leasing and development of the four-building Netflix campus in Los Gatos, California, and the phased sale of the buildings to different buyers.

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Real Estate Law (2007 – 2023)
  • Included on the San Francisco, California Super Lawyers list (2004 – 2020)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


  • Member, Policy Advisory Board, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Member, American Bar Association and Real Property Section
  • Member, San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member, California Bar Association and Real Property Section

News & Press

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Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Mintz continues to expand its bicoastal Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of veteran patent attorney Alex Trimble, Ph.D. who will serve as a Member in the San Francisco office.
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Mintz's Northern California Real Estate Practice represents clients in a broad spectrum of transactions for multifamily, office, and retail properties across the western U.S. In 2016, these transactions totaled over $1.3 billion.
Mintz has bolstered its nationally recognized, bicoastal Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of veteran Silicon Valley attorney Stephen J. Akerley, who will serve as a Member in the San Francisco office.
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas.