Sara Hansen Wilson



Sara Hansen Wilson, a leader in the firm’s real estate group, advises clients on legal matters involving acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate properties. With practical, goal-oriented counsel, Sara helps investors, developers, landlords, tenants and other clients efficiently achieve their real estate and business goals on a national basis.

Acquisitions and Dispositions

Sara represents commercial real estate investors and developers in joint ventures and in a range of acquisitions and dispositions. She has extensive experience in the acquisition and disposition of office buildings, shopping centers and warehouses for large corporations with a national presence, local developers, and national institutional investors. Sara also represents clients in connection with the acquisition of land for ground-up development.


Retail landlords and tenants across the country seek Sara’s representation in the leasing of regional shopping centers, “lifestyle” centers, mixed-use centers and urban street locations. She guides retail developers through the leasing of new developments and major redevelopments and retail tenants through both the rollout of stores and the disposal of excess real estate. Sara regularly also represents owners and tenants in leasing office, warehouse and industrial properties. She frequently speaks on leasing topics to industry and legal groups.


To secure commercial real estate transactions, Sara represents borrowers and lenders in loan originations secured by real property in various asset classes, personal property and mixed collateral financings. Sara represents lenders in California in local and multijurisdictional loans and represents borrowers across the country.

Personal Interests

Sara enjoys international travel, hiking and arts. She is an avid fan of San Francisco sports teams.


Bar Admissions



UCLA School of Law
J.D. Order of the Coif (1992)

Williams College
B.A. in Economics, cum laude, with honors (1988)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Friends of San Francisco City Planning — supporting the Planning Department of the City of San Francisco

Professional Associations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) — Fellow, 8 years; Chair of Leasing Committee, 3 years
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) — Law Conference Planning Committee, 6 years
  • CREW of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Calvary Foundation — Trustee, 2 years
  • Friends of San Francisco City Planning — Board, 20 years
  • San Francisco Achievers — Mentor, 1 year

Firm Leadership

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Vice-Chair, Real Estate Group, 3 years; Hiring Partner, San Francisco Office, 5 years; Women’s Leadership Council, 7 years; Chair, Mentorship Program (San Francisco Office), 5 years


  • Best Lawyers® — Real Estate Law, 2024
  • Real Estate Forum and — Northern California “Women of Influence”
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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