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Patrick J. McGaraghan

Patrick J. McGaraghan

Retired Partner

Pat McGaraghan concentrates in land acquisition and development; real estate financing; purchase, sale and exchanges of investment real estate; corporate leasing; formation of real estate investment entities; and real estate workout transactions.

Bar admissionsCalifornia


Representative Matters
  • Represented an institutional property owner in the development of a plan for the sale of a San Francisco urban site for high-rise condominium uses, including entitlements work, design of bid process, selection of developer and negotiation of land sale agreement, including provisions for revenue-sharing upon sale of residential units
  • Represented a land development group in the acquisition of a 3,300 acre site in Northern California, supervision of entitlements process for 4,000 senior housing units and a commercial center and negotiation of an option with a national builder for the land sale
  • Represented a public homebuilder in the sale of a 50 percent interest in the land inventory of a California operating division to an institutional investor
  • Represented the developer in the acquisition and development of a complex coastline project for mixed uses, including the formation of a Community Services District to operate a private desalinization facility
  • Represented a hotel operator in the acquisition, financing and disposition of hotel properties throughout Northern California and in the disposition of a portfolio of properties in complex exchange transactions for syndicated partnerships
  • Represented public and private residential builders in acquisition and redevelopment of various urban in-fill sites, development of large tract home development sites all over Northern California and master development projects for mixed use "new city" developments, and in financing such projects through equity, debt and public financing vehicles
  • J.D., University of San Francisco 1969
  • A.B., Stanford University 1966


Pat has been listed in the "The Best Lawyers in America" from 2007 through 2017.

Pat also has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer as the result of a joint research project conducted by San Francisco and Law & Politics magazines from 2009 through 2017.

Civic and Charitable

  • Member and Chairman of Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees of Stanford Hospital
  • Former Member and President of Board of Directors, Children's Health Council at Stanford
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Peninsula Center For The Blind
  • Member, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto
  • Member, University Club of Palo Alto
  • Member, Palo Alto Club