Daniel M. Engler



Dan Engler is a real estate transactional attorney who represents clients in the buying, selling, leasing, and development of real estate across a range of industries including residential, commercial, mixed-use, health care, and renewable energy. Dan is known for providing smart, business-oriented advice and helps clients solve problems and close transactions quickly and efficiently.

Dan has significant experience advising clients on complex, mixed-use development projects, including construction-related and operational considerations, and negotiating disposition and development agreements, purchase and sale agreements, ground leases, reciprocal easements agreements, cost-sharing agreements, and other transactional documents. As part of his practice, Dan counsels owners, developers, and investors regarding development and construction-related laws and issues, and Dan has particular expertise with the entitlement and development process in San Francisco.

With a deep understanding of the renewable energy industry, Dan regularly assists renewable energy clients with due diligence, site acquisition and assemblage, construction financing, and tax equity investments. Dan has advised clients on the development of thousands of megawatts of solar and wind energy projects in California and other states, including with respect to title issues, mineral issues, and California-specific real property issues.

Dan also represents landlords, tenants, and corporate users of real estate in office, medical office, life science, and other commercial leasing and purchase and sale transactions, and advises clients on lease-related issues and disputes.


Development and Mixed-Use Development

Ongoing representation of developer in the acquisition of a 6-acre site from the City of Santa Clara for the development of a mixed-use project with affordable, mixed income, and market rate housing components, as well as retail and urban farm components, including the negotiation of a Disposition and Development Agreement with the City of Santa Clara and related transactional documents.

Ongoing representation of client in negotiations with the City and County of San Francisco for a ground lease of retail, entertainment, cultural, and open space facilities in the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood of San Francisco.

Ongoing representation of developer in the development and construction of a 520-foot-high residential condominium tower project in San Francisco that includes a museum component, a retail component, and the rehabilitation of an historic building that withstood the 1906 earthquake, including the negotiation of a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City and County of San Francisco and related transactional documents.

Ongoing representation of client in the development of a 330-unit multifamily, mixed-use project in City of San Bruno, including strategic counsel on land use, title, and other development related matters.

Represented master developer in the acquisition and development of a 15-acre site in the City of Foster City for a mixed-use, senior housing project, including the negotiation of Purchase and Sale Agreements for the market-rate, affordable, assisted living, and retail components of the project to other developers, and the site development agreements and reciprocal easement agreements for the project.

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.

Renewable Energy

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

Ongoing representation of tax equity investors in connection with investments in 130 megawatt and 150 megawatt photovoltaic solar projects in Monterey County, California.

Ongoing representation of renewable energy developers in the acquisition of mitigation lands and mitigation bank credits to satisfy compensatory mitigation requirements imposed as part of the permitting of renewable energy projects in Kern County and Riverside County, California.

Ongoing California real estate counsel representation of project finance lenders and tax equity investors with respect to the financing and development of solar and wind projects.

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

Represented solar energy developer in the acquisition and assemblage of 70 separate parcels and related easement rights for solar energy projects in Kern County, California.

Commercial Real Estate and Leasing

Ongoing representation of hospital client in medical office and urgent care leasing transactions and the purchase and sale of medical office buildings.

Ongoing representation of office developer and owner in office leasing transactions.

Ongoing representation of life science company in office and life science leasing and subleasing transactions.

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

Awards &

Professional Affiliations

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

Awards & Recognition

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018

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