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Kaila Sergent

Kaila Sergent


Kaila Sergent focuses her practice in transactional real estate law. She represents real estate private equity funds, REITs, developers and other institutional clients in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, financing and development of a wide variety of asset types. Kaila specializes in both single asset and large portfolio acquisitions and dispositions with purchase prices reaching up to $1 Billion, including student housing projects, senior housing projects, hotels, and medical office and life science buildings.

Kaila has extensive experience representing clients on public-private partnership (P3) transactions across the country, including multi-family housing developments and projects involving long-term ground leases with public entities.

In addition, Kaila negotiates and drafts leases on behalf of landlords and tenants of data center, office (including medical office), retail, co-working and industrial space in a wide variety of properties, including urban locations, shopping centers, mixed-use developments and condominiums. She frequently counsels her clients on the repositioning of properties, including subletting, assignments, modifications and restructures, early terminations and sales of leaseholds.

Areas of FocusReal Estate
Bar admissionsCaliforniaIllinoisNew York


  • Represented a Shanghai-based developer in connection with the acquisition of a 70% joint venture interest in a multi-billion-dollar real estate development in New York City
  • Represented a leading Chicago-based real estate private equity firm in connection with the development of a US$100 million senior housing facility in Fairfax County, Virginia, including a 99-year ground lease and construction financing
  • Represented renown co-working company in connection with 30+ leases across the United States and in Canada and advised on day-to-day leasing, acquisition, and legal operational issues
  • Represented international bank in the acquisition of a US$600 million trophy office tower in Manhattan and subsequent lease-up of approximately 500,000 square feet of office space
  • Represented a leading Chicago-based real estate private equity firm in connection with various acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, developments, and dispositions of student housing facilities, senior housing complexes, and life sciences and medical office buildings throughout the United States (including various large portfolios)
  • Represented leading privately-held global developer of sustainable energy projects in connection with the disposition of 100+ wind energy centers across the Midwest
  • Represented international bank in connection with the leasing of 20+ retail locations across the United States
  • Represented Fortune 500 companies in connection with headquarters and retail leases in major Manhattan mixed-use developments, including Hudson Yards and One World Trade Center
  • J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law
  • B.A., Legal Studies & Political Science, University of California at Berkeley

Pro Bono

In addition to her commercial practice, Kaila represents a Chicago-based non-profit in connection with dispositions, leases and subleases across the City of Chicago. She has also represented inmates in connection with parole board hearings.


  • Author, "Improving New York City's Design and Construction Processes and Practices," New York City Bar, November 17, 2017


  • Speaker, Legal Mentor Transactional Bootcamp Series - Session 2, DLA Piper, 2023

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Served on the New York City Bar Construction Law Committee and Green Building Subcommittee (2015-2017)



+1 310 595 3041
(Work, Los Angeles)
+1 310 595 3341
(Fax, Los Angeles)