Hans Lapping



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)

Representative Matters

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 (2012–2022)

Best Lawyers® – Real Estate Law (2021-2023)

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 International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate, Practical Law, the Urban Land Institute, and the Contra Costa Bar Association. He 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. 

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August 18, 2022

MSR’s Hans Lapping Receives Two Best Lawyers in America© Designations, Named “Lawyer of the Year” – Real Estate Law (Oakland), Nine Other MSR Attorneys Receive Best Lawyers Recognition

Miller Starr Regalia (MSR), a preeminent California real estate law firm for more than 50 years, is pleased to announce that Hans A. Lapping, an AV-rated transactional shareholder, has received two designations in the Best Lawyers in America 2023© edition: he is included in the Real Estate Law list and was selected as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Oakland Real Estate Law. Additionally, nine other MSR attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© -- seven of which have been recognized for at least 10 years. Yalda Vahdani was named 2023 “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” in Real Estate Law in San Francisco.