Ian T. O'Banion

Ian O’Banion is counsel and a member of Nixon Peabody’s Real Estate, Finance and Community Development practice team. He represents developers, investors, lenders and property owners in a variety of commercial transactions including real estate and general corporate matters. He is also a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects.

What do you focus on?

Real Estate Development

Drawing on my experience as an architect in California, I advise clients with respect to real estate development matters from the purchase of raw land to the formation of design and construction agreements. I am also part of the firm’s land use and zoning team that thinks strategically about the challenges in California presented by climate change, as well as our clients’ related opportunities for financing, sustainability measures and resource conservation in order to stay ahead of the challenges and to build smarter more resilient communities.

Real Estate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Financing and Leasing

I assist clients with acquisitions and dispositions of all types of commercial real estate from office buildings to vineyards. I also work with lenders, loan servicers and borrowers regarding real estate financing matters. Additionally, I counsel both landlords and tenants regarding commercial real estate leases.

Corporate Transactions

I assist companies with entity formation issues as well as corporate transactions such as stock mergers and asset acquisitions. Additionally, I advise companies regarding corporate governance, financing, and general business services.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see the trend toward urbanization continuing as people and jobs move into cities and areas served by transit. Infrastructure investment will be a key driver for new development, and there will be opportunities for technological innovation and creative public private partnerships in order to modernize aging urban infrastructure. Sustainability will be increasingly important. Competition for already scarce resources such as water and energy will require companies to continually improve sustainability measures in order to remain competitive and resilient. Lastly, as technology continues to make the world more interconnected, this will facilitate opportunities for foreign investment in both real estate and corporate transactions.


  • “Real Estate Workouts and Turnarounds,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2020.
  • “Avoiding Missteps When Buying and Selling Commercial Real Estate,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2019
  • “Real estate and technology: How autonomous vehicles, drones, virtual reality and other emerging technology is shaping real estate construction and development,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2017

New considerations when buying and selling San Francisco apartment buildings

Globe St. | November 04, 2019

San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion wrote this contributed article outlining new legislation affecting the sale of real estate in San Francisco, including a statewide rent control law and a local measure granting certain nonprofits the first opportunity to purchase buildings or land that go up for sale.

4 New considerations in California real estate law

Law360 | March 14, 2019

San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion wrote this contributed article outlining four significant changes in California real estate law and how they will impact commercial landlords, tenants and developers.


Ian T. O'Banion


San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8313

Fax: 844-631-5904

University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (Business Law Certificate; CALI award recipient for excellence in Real Estate Transactions, Corporations, California Construction Law, Legal Research & Writing and Federal Income Taxation; McAuliffe Honor Society)

University of Oregon, B.Arch., summa cum laude


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