Adam Engelskirchen, an attorney and real estate broker, joined the RPLG team as Of Counsel in fall 2020.

Adam has expertise in leasing, development, acquisition, disposition and financing of real estate assets as well as ground leases, historic buildings and the disposition of public agency real estate assets. He has extensive experience in public-private partnerships, expertise that is a significant asset for RPLG’s clients.

“I have always enjoyed the transactional dynamic in my work where, if everything goes well, you sit down and shake hands and both sides are pleased,” Adam said. “I like the creative problem-solving and the dynamic of creating something that accommodates everyone’s goals.”

After practicing as a real estate attorney with law firm Sidley Austin LLP for five years, Adam was offered the opportunity to work with The Presidio Trust in San Francisco to turn the Trust into the first financially self-sufficient national park in the country. There, Adam’s team handled the redevelopment, historic rehabilitation, leasing and management of the Presidio’s commercial and residential portfolio. Today, the Presidio Trust is financially self-sufficient and receives no federal appropriations.

Adam has also completed some of the largest ground leases in the state of California. He was one of the negotiators of a long-term ground lease and development agreement with Lucasfilm to build a digital entertainment complex in the Presidio. This project was named “Deal of the Year” by the San Francisco Business Times.

“Adam brings in-depth knowledge of both private and public sector real estate issues to the RPLG team,” said RPLG Founding Partner Jon Holtzman. “His experience of working for the Presidio Trust and ability to navigate complex deals was particularly attractive to us.  He has already been a critical addition on a number of our major projects.”

At RPLG, Adam will support clients in developing creative approaches to real estate matters that successfully balance clients’ policy goals with the financial imperatives facing every organization and agency.

“I saw a chance through RPLG to work on transactions that serve important goals for public agencies and nonprofits,” said Adam. “Organizations are under increased pressure to manage challenging budgets, while also serving the critical needs of their stakeholders. I help clients accomplish their goals through creative and sophisticated use of real estate.”

RPLG practices throughout California, advising and advocating for public agencies, nonprofit entities, individuals and private entities in need of effective, responsive and creative legal solutions.