Meagen E. Leary


Meagen E. Leary maintains a national creditors' rights, real estate and bankruptcy law practice.

She handles commercial loan enforcement and workouts, bankruptcies, condemnation proceedings, lender liability claims and other related litigation for her financial institution and commercial real estate clients.  Ms. Leary and her team handle all aspects of real estate acquisitions, dispositions and commercial loan transactions.  In addition, Ms. Leary provides oversight and general counsel services to several national clients.

Ms. Leary is a frequent speaker and writer on legal and practical issues that impact commercial real estate lenders and investors.

Ms. Leary is a cum laude graduate of Tulane Law School, where she was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Real Estate
  • Construction


  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


  • Tulane Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2004
    - Member, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of California
    - Bankruptcy Law Section
    - Real Property Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Commercial Real Estate Finance Council
    - Co-Chair, CREFC Women's Network Professional Development Committee
  • California Receiver's Forum
    - Past President, San Francisco Chapter
  • CREW - Commercial Real Estate Women
    - Membership Committee, San Francisco Chapter
  • NAIOP - Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the firm's Margery Reed Professional Excellence Award, 2017
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Stars, 2013-2017

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • San Francisco Food Bank
  • Dress for Success

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "CREFC Women's Network Effective Communication Seminar," Commercial Real Estate Financial Council, November 9, 2016
  • Moderator, "Receiver's Roundtable: An Interactive Discussion of Current Issues, Complex Problems, and Creative Solutions," California Receivers Forum, November 3, 2016
  • Speaker, "Leases: Collateral That Matters," Client Seminar, October 20, 2016
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy Refresher," Client Seminar, October 19, 2016
  • Panel Moderator, "Legal Lightening Round," Trigild Lender Conference, October 6, 2016
  • Speaker, "Eminent Domain 101," Client Seminars, Various Dates
  • Moderator, "CMBS 101," Commercial Real Estate Financial Council, June 29, 2016
  • Moderator, "The Language of Servicing: An Evening of Self-Help and Group Therapy," Commercial Real Estate Financial Council After Work Seminar, July 22, 2015
  • Speaker, "Entz White, Future Media & More - 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Fun," Client Seminar, October 23, 2014
  • Moderator, "CREFC and Corkscrews: Hot Topics in the CMBS Market," CREFC After Work Seminar, July 15, 2014
  • Speaker, "Attorney Client Privilege and Smart Communications," Client Seminar, Various Dates
  • Speaker, "Deposition Preparation", Client Seminar, Various Dates
  • Panelist, "TICs: Trouble in Common?" CRE Finance Council West Coast High Yield Real Estate Finance Summit, Santa Monica, May 14, 2014
  • Speaker, "Legal Strategies for Deals, Disputes and Workouts — A Practical Approach," 3rd Annual Trigild Spring Lender Conference, Dallas, April 24, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Market & Industry Impacts on the Valuation of Healthcare Facilities," Appraisal Institute Fall Conference, November 1, 2012
  • Panel Moderator, "REO – How Do You Drive Value," Trigild Lender Conference, October 2013
  • Speaker, "CREFC – West Coast Symposium: Creative Workout Strategies," May 2013
  • Speaker, "Living Receiverships: Cases with Specialized Medical Licensing and Leasing Issues," The Bay Area Chapter of the California Receivers Forum, San Francisco, June 20, 2012
  • Speaker, "Medical Marijuana Leases and the Impact on REO Property," Client Seminar, June 7, 2012
  • Speaker, "What to Consider in Your Receiver Order," California Receivers Forum, May 13, 2010
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Issues in Construction Law," DRI Construction Law Seminar, September 10, 2009