Maria V. Bernstein

Maria V. Bernstein

Senior Counsel


Direct: 415-814-6400


Ms. Bernstein is a Senior Counsel of the firm.  Ms. Bernstein has worked with SSL and its partners almost since its founding, both as a firm client and attorney.  She is a leasing specialist, focusing primarily on representation of tenant clients in complex leasing transactions.  Ms. Bernstein previously worked inhouse at Equity Office Properties, Google Inc. and AIG Inc.  Ms. Bernstein has also been the primary outside counsel, managing all lease and property management legal work for several retail and biomedical clients on the tenant side, and for several office and medical office building REIT landlord clients.  Ms. Bernstein’s practice includes all types of commercial leasing (office, industrial and retail) across many industries, development, acquisition and disposition of real property assets, data center development, construction and architectural transactions, and real estate-based financing.  Ms. Bernstein also practiced law at several large law firms before joining SSL, including at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe for 6 years early in her career, and, most recently before joining SSL, at Foley & Lardner LLP for 3 years.


  • Undergraduate School:  University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. 
  • Law School: University of California at Berkeley Law School (fka, Boalt Hall), Berkeley, CA.

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial tenant representation in leasing, property management and related transactions, including for office, industrial and retail properties.
  • Cannabis related real estate transactions.