Daniel M. Engler



Dan's practice focuses on all aspects of real estate development, transactions, and permitting.  Dan represents owners and developers in the buying, selling, and leasing of real estate assets across a range of industries including residential, commercial, health care, hospitality, technology, and renewable energy.  As part of his practice, Dan regularly advises clients on site acquisition and site assemblage, including drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, disposition and development agreements, and ground leases, as well as leasing spaces in completed projects to tenants. 

Dan also represents property owners and developers in obtaining land use entitlements for residential, commercial, life science, mixed-use development, and renewable energy projects.  Dan counsels clients on strategies for securing project approvals and compliance with laws and regulations applicable to the development process in California, including the Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act.



Representation of master developer in the acquisition and development of a 15 acre site in Foster City for a mixed-use housing project, including the negotiation and sale of the market rate, affordable, assisted living, and retail components of the project to other developers.

Representation of developer in acquisition out of bankruptcy of an underutilized commercial property in San Francisco for future redevelopment with residential uses.

Representation of large technology company in acquisition of property and site assembly for new corporate campus in Sunnyvale.

Ongoing representations of property owners and tenants in office and life science leasing and subleasing transactions.

Land Use and Entitlement

Representation of developer in the entitlement and construction of a 520 foot high residential condominium tower project in San Francisco, which includes a museum component, a ground floor retail component, and the rehabilitation of an historic building eligible for listing on the National Register.

Represented developer in obtaining entitlements for a 270,000-square-foot office building in San Francisco, including an office space allocation under Proposition M, which is leased to technology company.

Ongoing representation of developer in the entitlement of a 330-unit multifamily project in San Bruno.

Ongoing representation of developer in the acquisition and construction of a 500,000 square foot office/life sciences campus in San Carlos.

Represented developers in securing entitlements, including zoning and general plan amendments, and CEQA clearance for mixed-use development projects in San Francisco.

Renewable Energy

Ongoing representation of utility-scale solar developer in the site acquisition, development and construction financing of hundreds of megawatts of photovoltaic solar-generating facilities in California.

Represented utility-scale energy storage developer in the negotiation of a ground lease for a battery storage facility in Orange County, California.

Represented client in the decommissioning and asset sale of a 20 megawatt wind farm.

Awards &

Professional Affiliations

  • NAIOP, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Legislative Action Committee
  • Urban Land Institute, SF Sustainability Committee
  • San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR)
  • California Solar & Storage Association

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2008, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1999