Prominent Real Estate and Corporate Partners From Downey Brand Form Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP

Sacramento, Calif. – April 7, 2014 – A prominent group of partners from Sacramento-based law firm Downey Brand is forming a new firm, Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP, effective April 7, 2014. The firm immediately becomes one of the most experienced real estate and business law transactional firms in Sacramento, with three seasoned attorneys delivering sophisticated legal services to a diverse base of local, state and national clients.

The team is composed of Tom Stewart, Winnie Ward and Gregg Josephson, Sacramento’s leading experts in real estate and transaction lending and banking. The law firm is a full-service transactional practice representing real estate developers, landlords, tenants, lenders, corporations, partnerships and individuals.

“The formation of our new firm comes at an optimal time, enabling us to even more effectively meet our clients’ needs, as well as seize new opportunities in this very dynamic and resurging market for real estate and business legal services,” said Tom Stewart, a founding partner and commercial real estate veteran. “Feedback from clients, the vast majority of whom will be joining us at the new firm, has been extremely positive. We remain deeply committed to serving as their trusted advisors, embracing our ‘Clients First’ principle.”

“It is our absolute commitment to provide the highest quality legal service in an efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Winnie Ward, a founding partner who specializes in real estate leasing. “A boutique law firm platform is clearly the way for us to personalize our services to meet the specialized needs and requirements of our clients, be it a Fortune 500 company or a business start-up.”

“I am deeply proud and excited to be partners with Tom and Winnie, highly talented, accomplished attorneys,” said Josephson, the firm’s managing partner. “The three of us are combining strength, experience and a proven successful track record in real estate, business, corporate and banking law. This makes us very well rounded to serve the needs of our clients in the types of transactions they pursue.”

In addition to their legal practice, the partners remain deeply committed to the Sacramento region, holding leadership position in a wide range of civic and professional organizations.

The partners are

Thomas F. Stewart. 
Stewart is one of the most experienced real estate and office-leasing attorneys in California, and has handled some of the largest office-lease transactions in California. Developers, owners and investors have relied on Tom to represent them in the acquisition, sale and leasing of commercial property for nearly, 28 years. In addition to active roles with the Association of Commercial Real Estate and RECON, he serves on the Boards of River Oak Center for Children and Fregoso Outdoor Foundation.

Winnie Ward. 
For more than 20 years, Ward has been a trusted adviser to landlords and tenants in handling some of the most complex leasing transactions regionally and nationally. Winnie is a Director at Large in the Association of Commercial Real Estate, was previously Chair of ACRE’s Broker of the Year Awards and a member of the Board of Directors of The Friendship Club.

Gregg D. Josephson
. Josephson is a seasoned corporate and banking lawyer, with more than 15 years experience. Before moving to the Sacramento area in 2008 to join Downey Brand, Josephson practiced with two of the largest international firms based in New York and Los Angeles. Immediately prior to coming to Sacramento, Gregg was General Counsel for a $9 billion publicly-traded bank based in Southern California. He is a member of the board of the B Street Theatre, the Sutter Children’s Hospital Advisory Board and the Corporations Committee of the State Bar of California, and he serves on committees for the Crocker Art Museum and the Sutter Club.

About Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP.
 Stewart Ward & Josephson is a boutique law firm based in Sacramento, Calif., providing high quality legal services to clients located throughout California and the U.S., in sophisticated real estate, corporate, lending and banking matters.