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Scott Biel

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San Diego
858.314.1555
Los Angeles
310.586.3200
San Francisco
415.432.6000



Education

  • University of Pennsylvania (JD)
  • U.S. Naval Academy (BS)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Languages

  • German

Scott is co-Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Section and leads its Corporate Real Estate Practice. His practice focuses on advising US and foreign companies on all aspects of their corporate real estate requirements, with a particular concentration in the representation of technology-based companies. 

Scott has over 20 years of experience working with biotechnology, life sciences and information technology clients on their real estate transactions. With his background in engineering, his grasp of the technical aspects of his clients’ business operations and the related infrastructure, operational and licensing requirements, Scott works with clients and their design and construction teams to ensure that the technical aspects of their R&D, pilot-plant and clean-room improvements, and manufacturing and distribution facilities are consistent throughout their transactional documents. For example, Scott represented an early major developer of internet colocation facilities in its acquisition and redevelopment of existing buildings throughout the United States as colocation data facilities. Utilizing his technical and legal experience, he worked with the client and its engineering and construction teams to develop standard legal provisions regarding the technical standards for shell infrastructure improvements which are still in use today. Scott continues to represent owners and developers of data management and storage facilities, both for their own data storage needs and as operators of out-sourced colocation facilities. 

Scott’s experience covers all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, but his primary focus relates to leading the firm’s Corporate Real Estate team in the representation of tenants of office and industrial real estate facilities. Throughout his legal career, Scott has worked with corporate and securities lawyers in representing companies from early funding through initial public offerings and in their M&A growth activity. He also works with a network of law firms in various foreign jurisdictions, representing US clients in their acquisition and build-out of office and industrial facilities outside of the US. Using a portfolio-wide approach based on each client’s prioritized list of its transactional goals to achieve cost control and consistency of results, Scott and his team have represented US clients in the leasing of more than 3 million square feet of foreign real estate facilities over the past 5 years.

Since 2008, Scott has worked with a preferred network of local counsel, developed over a 5-10 year period, on behalf of several US public companies in their acquisition and build-out of office and industrial facilities in various foreign jurisdictions, including over 3 million square feet of corporate facilities in China, India, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan and England. By using a portfolio-wide negotiation strategy, with “preferred provisions” vetted with local counsel familiar with each company’s prioritized list of transactional goals, his clients obtain a more consistent representation across their facilities portfolio (notwithstanding divergent market customs and legal practices), and their foreign transactions require less time to complete, with better client control over transactional costs.

While in law school, Scott was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He spent his post-undergraduate naval service as a nuclear-trained submarine officer on U.S.S Louisville

Representative Matters

  • Over 6,000,000 square feet of corporate headquarters facilities, on 225 acres of land (acquired over multiple transactions) in San Jose, California, for a major networking company
  • 28 acres of land in San Diego ground leased by a major pharmaceutical company for the development of a 450,000 square foot divisional headquarters with R&D, manufacturing and distribution facilities
  • 2,200,000 square feet of pharmaceutical R&D, office and manufacturing campus facilities (including almost $95 million of tax increment financing) in Emeryville, California
  • A 750,000 square foot headquarters and biotechnology R&D campus located on 40 acres on the Seattle waterfront for a Seattle-based biotechnology company
  • A 500,000 square foot biotechnology manufacturing campus in Rhode Island for a Seattle-based biotechnology company
  • A major networking company’s purchase of its leased headquarters facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from its landlord
  • Multiple semiconductor fabrication facilities and related equipment financing for multiple semiconductor manufacturers (including the representation of outsourcing vendors in acquiring client facilities) in California, Arizona, Texas, Japan and Singapore
  • Multiple office and R&D campus facilities for medical device companies in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts and North Carolina, including a 750,000 square foot facility on the campus of Cal State Northridge
  • A headquarters campus for a major software company developed on a 19-acre Brownfields site in Mountain View, California
  • An electronics manufacturing plant in Japan for a contract manufacturer pursuant to the outsourced production of computer game consoles for a major electronics company
  • A separate pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in San Diego, and the subsequent lease of the process manufacturing space and equipment to a contract manufacturer
  • Over 3 million square feet of campus facilities in China, India, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK by multiple US public companies

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Real Estate Law (2013 – 2014)
  • San Diego Super Lawyers: Real Estate (2013)