Winnie specializes in leasing transactions, and she has drafted and negotiated literally thousands of lease documents, ranging from small retail tenants to single-tenant office buildings in excess of 170,000 square feet. She not only works with landlords, but also represents several national tenants in lease negotiations throughout the United States. She also represents buyers and sellers of commercial real estate.
Representative clients include Equity Office Properties, for whom she handled several hundred office lease transactions from 1999-2004. She currently represents JMA Ventures (based in San Francisco) in its role as master developer, asset manager, and property manager for the commercial portion of the new Sacramento Kings Arena. She also represents Wareham Development, a major San Francisco developer. In Sacramento, she represents or has represented institutional clients such as Hines and TIAA-CREF, as well as local developers such as Buzz Oates Enterprises, Jackson Properties, Heller Properties and B&Z Properties in the leasing of office, retail and mixed-use properties. She also has represented Harsch Investment Properties in its industrial sites. In addition to representing Equity Office Properties while practicing in San Francisco, she also represented Shorenstein Properties and Transamerica Corporation. Tenant clients include Health Net, who she has represented on hundreds of transactions nationwide, Kaplan Real Estate, who she has represented in dozens of transactions throughout the Western United States, and Frontier Communications Corporation, a national telecommunications company with locations throughout the United States.
University of California, Davis School of Law (J.D., 1993)
Brown University (A.B., 1985)
Winnie Ward currently serves as a Director at Large on and is legal counsel to the board of directors of the Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE), a Sacramento-based commercial real estate trade organization with over 340 members. She also is a member of the Real Property Sections of both the State Bar of California and the Sacramento County Bar Association.
Publications and Presentations
Ms. Ward regularly writes articles for “Legal Tips” in the ACRE Newsletter. Winnie is also on the Board of Advisors for and a regular contributor to the “Commercial Lease Law Insider,” a national commercial real estate publication. She has made presentations on real estate law to a variety of organizations, including the California State Bar, CCIM Institute, International Facilities Managers Association, ACRE and numerous commercial real estate brokerages. In her final year of law school (1993), she was published in the UC Davis Law Review.
- Currently serving on the Board of Directors for Sierra Forever Families.
- Previously served on the Board of Directors for The Friendship Club, Nevada City-based nonprofit group dedicated to providing services for girls in sixth through twelfth grades.
- Past president of the Board of Directors for the Beyers Lane Community Service District.
- In 2009, she received Kaplan Real Estate’s Service Provider of the Year Award.