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Patricia Hartman

Patricia J. Hartman



Patti has been practicing commercial real estate and business law for nearly 40 years.

Patti represents clients in the health care, senior care, engineering, accounting, architecture, agriculture, insurance and consulting industries with their real estate, general business and commercial law matters.

In the real estate arena, she represents health care systems, senior care communities, landowners, developers, investors, lenders, landlords and tenants. She has extensive experience in negotiating and documenting complex real estate transactions, including options, dispositions, acquisitions and exchanges; development projects, including development agreements; city and/or county required agreements; utility, access, storm drain, sewer, parking, construction, and other easements (temporary and/or permanent); memoranda of rights; shared maintenance agreements; operating agreements; and licenses; commercial leases, including build-to-suit leases, for medical, general office and retail space; ground leases; tenancy-in-common agreements; mortgage and trust deed workouts; syndications; and joint ventures. Patti also has significant experience reviewing, analyzing and addressing title issues; representing clients in real estate and other secured financing transactions, including negotiating loan documents and rendering opinions; and reviewing and providing analyses regarding subordination and nondisturbance agreements and estoppel certificates.

Patti's general business and commercial law expertise includes business entity formations, dissolutions and compliance matters, including drafting various operational agreements and buy-sell and other transfer restriction agreements; mergers and stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, including the preparation of confidentiality and noncompetition agreements; financing transactions, including negotiating and documenting commercial loans (secured and unsecured) and loan modifications and workouts and preparing related enforceability opinion letters; extensive contract negotiating and drafting, including employment agreements, stock options and related employment incentive agreements; securities matters; and general business and corporate planning and counseling.


J.D. with distinction University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law ( 1983 )
MBA with highest honors California State University, Sacramento ( 1980 )
B.S, B.A summa cum laude California State University, Sacramento ( 1978 )

Admissions and Courts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California


Health & Senior Care Real Estate Practice Co-Leader

Representation for more than 20 years of Sutter Health and its affiliates, which together are one of the largest privately held owners of real property in the State of California, in all aspects of real estate, including land and other real property acquisitions, project development, easements; build-to-suit leases; general office and medical office leases; and ground and vertical parcel leases.

Representation of shopping center in connection with all real estate-related matters, including the preparation and negotiations of lease agreements, lease amendments and lease termination and settlement agreements.

Representation of various clients in negotiating and documenting secured and unsecured loans ranging from $250,000 to $160,000,000 and providing related enforceability opinions.

Representation of client in connection with all real estate aspects of the sale of numerous fitness-related business locations throughout California, including the sale and leasing of properties and documenting the granting of rights of first offer and refusal.

Representation of various hospital systems in negotiating and documenting leases, including leases of entire medical office buildings ranging in size to over 230,000 RSF.

Representation of diverse clients in negotiating and documenting general office, warehouse and retail space leases ranging in size from a few thousand square feet to over several hundred thousand square feet.

Representation of local healthcare provider in negotiating and preparing a ground lease and related documents, including reciprocal easement agreements, parking licenses and lease-back documents.

Representation of various local real estate developers in the acquisition, development and divestiture of improved and unimproved real estate, which included performing due diligence for purposes of opining as counsel and negotiating the terms of commitments, loan agreements, notes, deeds of trust, security agreements, stock pledges and guaranties.

Representation of several large, local physician practice groups in the incorporation of practices and continued provision of corporate counseling and advice.

Representation of a large California retail fertilizer company in the purchase of a competitor’s business. Purchase included contaminated real property undergoing cleanup. Representation involved review of numerous environmental reports and extensive negotiation of terms of remediation responsibility of seller, guaranties and general indemnifications; complicated calculations to determine equity-based purchase price; and the creation of an involved holdback account.

Representation of a corporation in the negotiation, structuring and documentation of the merger of companies engaged in similar business, including extensive review and analysis of financial condition of constituent and disappearing corporations.

Representation of various corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and limited partnerships from formation through dissolution, including providing ongoing counseling and business advice and preparing documents required to effect formation and/or dissolution.

Representation of one of Sacramento’s oldest companies in the sale of a note secured by real property valued at $25 million.

Representation of several major California lenders in restructuring, modifying and extending various real estate, accounts receivable, stock and inventory secured loans in amounts varying from $1 million to $10 million.

Representation included negotiation of forbearance and work-out agreements with borrowers and ultimately negotiating, documenting and effecting settlements with guarantors.

Representation of purchasers and sellers in a variety of mergers and acquisition transactions of businesses ranging in type from manufacturing to service companies and in size from several hundred thousand dollars to $20 million with emphasis on compliance with California bulk transfers law.

Representation of one of the oldest Sacramento-based companies in the negotiation and sale of several parcels of commercial property in connection with closing its business operations.

Representation of various limited partnerships in the formation and the private placement of securities in offerings, including numerous real estate syndications.

Representation of several clients in connection with the acquisition or sale of physician and dental practices.

American Health Lawyers Association

California Society of Healthcare Attorneys

State Bar of California, Business Law and Real Property Law Sections

Sutter Hospitals Foundation Board of Trustees, Past Member

McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, Past Member

California State University, Sacramento, College of Business Advisory Board, Past Member

Creating Success for Clients, Comstock's Magazine (March 2021)

Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate (2022)

California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2021)

Top Lawyer, Sacramento Magazine (2019)

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating

American Jurisprudence Award, Business Associations

American Jurisprudence Award, Decedents Estates & Trusts

State Bar of California, Business Law and Real Property Law Sections

Sutter Hospitals Foundation Board of Trustees, Past Member

McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, Past Member

California State University, Sacramento, College of Business Advisory Board, Past Member

American Health Lawyers Association

California Society of Healthcare Attorneys