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Jonathan E. Frank

Jonathan E. Frank

Partner| Orange County

Jon Frank is co-chair of Snell & Wilmer's Real Estate Practice Group. Jon Frank's practice involves all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, real estate development and commercial leasing of all types. Jon regularly represents and advises landlords and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of complex retail, office and industrial leases, with a special emphasis on tenant leasing. He has handled hundreds of tenant lease transactions including, build to suit ground leases for the development of company headquarters, high rise office leases, retail leasing for national restaurant chains and financial institutions, as well as leases for hospitals, health care providers, agricultural, mining, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and other uses. Jon regularly represents buyers and sellers in connection with purchase, sale and development transactions involving income producing property, hotels and resorts, retail, residential, vacant land and other real estate assets of all sizes.

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Representative Engagements
  • Regularly represent national lending institution on leasing and acquisition of new bank branch sites
  • Lead counsel for tenants on build-to-suit headquarters leases for several major companies and organizations, including pharmaceutical company, hospital, non-profit organizations, skin care company, law firms, sand & gravel company, college football organization, vitamin company, and other clients
  • Primary counsel for leading fast-food restaurant franchisee on all acquisition, leasing, development, real estate and general matters
  • Lead counsel for seller on $60 million disposition of 546,877 square foot office complex portfolio consisting of long term ground leasehold interests on 10 separate multi story buildings on Native American community land
  • Lead counsel for buyer on $315 million resort hotel acquisition
  • Lead counsel for seller on sale of $80 million luxury ski resort
  • Representation of Fortune 1000 sand and gravel mining company on multiple acquisition, leasing, zoning and land use matters
  • Counsel for Snell & Wilmer on high rise office leasing matters
  • Counsel for leading overnight package delivery company on all leasing and real estate matters
  • Advised luxury resort hotel on a variety of real estate matters including sale of resort
  • Regularly represent multiple leading lending institutions on disposition and acquisition of REO properties and commercial finance matters
  • Represented major international car manufacturer in connection with zoning, land use and real estate issues concerning its proving grounds in Arizona
  • Advised leading sports concessions company in procurement of liquor licenses for MLB stadium and NBA arena
  • Lead counsel for major college football bowl organization on acquisition of headquarters and development of museum
  • Assisted Arizona Indian Tribe with drafting of alcohol and beverage ordinance
  • Representation of multiple clients in the acquisition and sale of major flag hotels and motels
  • Representation of multiple clients in the acquisition and sale of apartment complexes
  • Representation of multiple hospitals on leasing and acquisition matters
  • Representation of multiple commercial and residential real estate development companies on acquisition and development matters, including preparation and development of governing documents, CC&Rs, easements and sales materials
  • Representation of multiple farmers in connection with leasing, acquisition and state land matters
  • Advised solar company in connection with leasing, acquisition, entitlement and permitting
  • Routinely represent individuals, small businesses and large companies in connection with a wide range of real estate and commercial finance matters
  • Regularly work with attorneys in Snell & Wilmer’s Los Cabos, Mexico office in connection with cross border real estate transactions
  • University of Kansas (J.D., 1999)
    • Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • Emporia State University (B.S., English Literature, 1994)
  • American Bar Association
  • Snell & Wilmer Hiring Committee, Orange County Chair
  • Arizona-Mexico Commission
  • NAIOP, Southern California Chapter, Member
  • Snell & Wilmer Real Estate Practice Group, Co-Chair

Moderator of the Snell & Wilmer Real Estate Seminar Series

  • "2008 and Beyond," presentation with the Honorable Mayor Phil Gordon (February 28, 2008)
  • "High Rise Condos and Current Market Trends" (November 7, 2007)
  • "Corporate Headquarters & the Lifestyle Center" (May 3, 2007)
  • "Addressing an Emerging Crisis: Regional Workforce Housing" (November 10, 2005)
  • "Phoenix Opportunity Corridor," presentation with the Honorable Mayer Phil Gordon (April 28, 2005)


Representative International Transactions & Presentations

  • Handled several purchase and sale transactions in Mexico for clients
  • "Current Trends in Mexican Real Estate Investments and Development," Presenter (September 14, 2006)
  • Forty-Under-40, Phoenix Business Journal (2008)
  • Honorary Lifetime Membership, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Best Law Firms, Tier 1 - Real Estate Law, Team Member (2014-2015)
  • Magical Builders non-profit organization, Founder - Magical Builders initiatives include:
    • Partner annually with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baseball Club in pajama drive benefitting local children’s charities
    • Renovation of Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, NY with NY Mets and Major League Baseball
    • Renovation of FirstStepNYC in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY with Mets and MLB
    • Renovation of Boys & Girls Club of Independence, MO with Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball
    • Renovation of Operation Breakthrough with KC Royals and MLB
    • Renovation of Mulkey Field and Satchel Paige Field with KC Royals and MLB
    • Renovation of MLB/Arizona Diamondbacks Branch Boys & Girls Club in Phoenix, Arizona
    • Renovation of Foundation for Blind Children facility in Phoenix, Arizona
    • Construction of MLB & Angels All Star Complex at Pioneer Park in Anaheim, CA (includes Miracle League baseball/softball field)
    • Renovation of Santa Ana Boys & Girls Club with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Major League Baseball
    • Construction of Youth Softball Field with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    • Renovation of Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco with Major League Baseball
    • Renovation of Phoenix Children's Hospital Family Living Center
    • Renovation of Detroit, Michigan Boys & Girls Club with Major League Baseball
    • Renovation of Westbank Boys & Girls Club in New Orleans, LA with
    • Renovation of Shadyside Boys & Girls Club in Pittsburgh, PA with Major League Baseball
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, Board of Directors
  • Orange County Business Council
    • Board Member (2011-present)
    • Co-Chair of Legal Affairs Committee (2012-present)
  • Orange County United Way Real Estate Mixer, Steering Committee
  • Fiesta Bowl Committee, Life Member
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    • Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Golf Tournament, Co-Chair (2009)
    • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, AZ's Finest Couples (2006)
  • ChildHelp USA, Arizona Board of Directors (2003-2005)
  • Valley Partnership, Community Project Committee, Co-Chair (2003)
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona