Join us at the 2023 ICSC+U.S. LAW Conference happening October 25-27 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona! Miller Starr Regalia Shareholder Michael Di Geronimo will speak on “Commonly Negotiated Lease Provisions: What’s New, What’s Old and What Works” from 2:15 p.m.to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Miller Starr Regalia Shareholder Hans Lapping will moderate the “Purchase and Sale Agreements: Getting to a “Yes” Without Giving In” panel from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2023.
Hans Lapping is an AV-rated transactional shareholder in Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek office. His practice focuses on retail, office, and industrial leasing and real property acquisitions and dispositions.
Hans represents many institutional clients in leasing, buying, and selling virtually every type of real estate. From acquiring raw land for development projects to assisting some of the world’s largest technology companies with office, industrial and research and development leasing to representing national landlords and tenants in retail, office and industrial leases, his representations regularly include negotiating and drafting real estate related contracts, coordinating due diligence, and closing transactions.
Hans currently serves as a member of the firm’s Executive and Compensation Committees and has previously served as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Transactional Department and a member of the Hiring Committee.
Hans enjoys traveling and skiing with his wife and three boys; oftentimes combining both interests at the same time. Hans is also an avid hockey fan and a fan of whatever sports his kids are playing at the time.
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law (1996)
- Articles Editor and Topic Editor, Elder Law Journal
B.A., summa cum laude, Bowdoin College (1993)
Represented technology company in leasing over two million square feet in office, creative and research and development space.
Represented technology company in leasing over 300,000 square feet of office and research and development space in Silicon Valley together with an option to purchase the leased premises.
Represented technology company in the disposition of corporate campuses and data centers in California, Arizona, and Oregon.
Represented publicly traded REIT in 250,000 square foot build-to-suit corporate headquarters lease in San Jose, California.
Represented one of the world’s most successful retailers in leasing flagship, street, and in-line locations throughout the United States.
Represented technology company in leasing office and research and development space throughout the United States.
Represented technology companies in leasing over 100,000 square feet of office space in Virginia.
Represented one of the nation’s largest privately held homebuilders in the acquisition and disposition of thousands of lots throughout Northern California.
Represented developer in the acquisition, development, and disposition of multi-family residential projects throughout California.
Represented developer in leasing over one million of square feet of retail space including negotiating leases with some of the nation’s largest retailers, restaurants, and entertainment operators.
Represented developer in the acquisition of real property throughout California for development as industrial and warehouse projects.
Represented privately held sporting goods chain in leasing throughout Northern California.
Represented privately held pet food supply store in leasing throughout California.
American College of Real Estate Lawyers – Fellow
Contra Costa County Bar Association
International Council of Shopping Centers
Practical Law – Real Estate Advisory Board Member
Urban Land Institute
Awards & Recognition
Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent Rated (2011–2022)
Super Lawyers Northern California (2012–2023)
Best Lawyers® – Real Estate Law (2021-2024)
Best Lawyers® – Oakland Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2023)
CoreNet Global "Top Rated Faculty" Award Recipient (2013–2016, 2018–2020)
"An Owner's Primer on Sublease Consents," The BOMA Magazine, March/April 2008
Chapter 1, "Contracts,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d (co-authored with Harry D. Miller)
Chapter 2, "Specific Contracts,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d (co-authored with Harry D. Miller)
Chapter 31, "Mobilehomes,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d (co-authored with Harry D. Miller)
"Financing Start-Ups Post 'Dotbombs',” Contra Costa Lawyer, August 2002, Vol. 15, No. 8
"Written Proof: Landlord is Entitled to Rely on Estoppel Certificates," San Francisco Daily Journal, October 5, 2000
"License to Steal: Implied Gift Giving Authority and Powers of Attorney,” Elder Law Journal, Spring, 1996, Vol. 4, No. 1
Speeches & Presentations
Hans co-teaches CoreNet’s “Advanced Negotiations for CRE Professionals” class and has lectured before the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE), the International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate, Practical Law, the Urban Land Institute, and the Contra Costa Bar Association. He also holds seminars for many of the firm's clients on issues including joint ventures, purchase and sale transactions, and insurance and indemnity provisions in leases. Some of Hans’ recent speaking engagements include:
“What Leasing Lawyers Should Know about Acquisitions, What Acquisition Lawyers Should Know about Leasing, and What Leasing and Acquisition Lawyers Need to Know about Lender Concerns,” ALI CLE: Modern Real Estate Transactions 2023 - Acquisitions, Financing, and Leasing in an Uncertain Market, January 18, 2023
“Acquisitions and Dispositions: What is Market?”, ALI CLE: Modern Real Estate Transactions 2023 - Acquisitions, Financing, and Leasing in an Uncertain Market, January 19, 2023
“Retail Issues and Does Gross Really Mean Gross?”, ALI CLE: Modern Real Estate Transactions 2023 - Acquisitions, Financing, and Leasing in an Uncertain Market, January 19, 2023
“Deep Dive Session: Leasing During the Great Un-Occupying,” ALI CLE: Modern Real Estate Transactions 2023 - Acquisitions, Financing, and Leasing in an Uncertain Market, January 19, 2023
“Repurposing Underutilized Assets: Giving Properties New Purpose,” ALI CLE: Modern Real Estate Transactions 2023 - Acquisitions, Financing, and Leasing in an Uncertain Market, January 20, 2023
Eight Miller Starr Regalia Attorneys Receive Recognition from Best Lawyers in America ©; Arthur F. Coon named Lawyer of the Year in Oakland Land Use and Zoning Law
Miller Starr Regalia (MSR), a preeminent California real estate law firm for more than 50 years, announced today that eight of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers in America © list, half of whom have been recognized for at least five years.
Miller Starr Regalia (MSR), a preeminent California real estate law firm for more than 50 years, today announced that eight of its attorneys across five practice areas are included in the 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers list. In addition, two lawyers from MSR’s land use and business litigation practice groups are named among the Northern California 2023 Rising Stars.
ALI CLE: Modern Real Estate Transactions 2023 - Acquisitions, Financing, and Leasing in an Uncertain Market
Miller Starr Regalia Shareholder Hans Lapping to speak on multiple panels at the American Law Institutes (ALI) CLE: “Modern Real Estate Transactions 2023 - Acquisitions, Financing, and Leasing in an Uncertain Market” Conference.