Maria V. Bernstein



Direct: 415-814-6400

Email: [email protected]

Ms. Bernstein is a Partner of the firm.  Ms. Bernstein has worked with SSL and its partners in various capacities almost since its founding, both as a firm client and attorney.  She is a real estate generalist but focuses her practice largely on leasing and, of late, primarily on representation of tenant clients in complex lease transactions and lease workouts.  Ms. Bernstein previously has worked in house and at several large, national law firms before rejoining SSL in 2019.  Ms. Bernstein has also been the primary outside counsel, managing all lease and property management legal work for several retail, medical and biotech clients on the tenant side, and for several major office and medical office building REITs on the landlord side.  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.


  • Undergraduate School:  University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Law School: University of California at Berkeley Law School, Berkeley, CA.

Practice Areas:


  • Commercial real estate including:
    • Commercial lease review and negotiations
    • Commercial lease related transactions and documentation, including all ancillary agreements such as ground leases, amendments, nondisclosure agreements, licenses, subordination, work letters and tenant improvement contracts, landlord waivers and non-disturbance agreements, estoppels, including for office, industrial and retail properties.
  • Purchase and sales transactions.
  • COVID-19 related dispute resolution.
  • Construction contracts.
  • Negotiation and strategic advice regarding property management, tenant audits, rent adjustments and lease disputes.
  • Experience in following industries:
    • High tech/ISP/Telecom
    • Data center and colocation
    • Medical
    • Retail/restaurant
    • Industrial/manufacturing
    • Office across all industries
    • Transportation