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Current responsibilities
David Churton leads JLL’s Headquarters Practice Group in San Francisco. Skilled in the design and execution of office leases enabling his client’s business, growth and productivity objectives, David and his team have completed the majority of the most significant office leases in San Francisco over the past five years.

Experience
David and his team have completed the following assignments:

  • Twitter – 800,000 rsf with Mid-Market Street Payroll Tax exemption at 1355 Market Street

  • JP Morgan Chase – 200,000 rsf restructure of a 650,000 rsf master lease at 560 Mission Street

  • Riverbed Technology – 200,000 rsf anchor tenant lease at 680 Folsom Street

  • Kaiser Permanente, Oakland – 650,000 rsf two-building lease extension

  • Neustar– 150,000 rsf anchor tenant lease at 505 Howard Street, Foundry III

  • Bare Escentuals – 100,000 rsf extension at 71 Stevenson Street

  • Practice Fusion – 120,000 rsf relocation at 650 Townsend

  • Advent Software – 120,000 rsf restructure of a 150,000 rsf lease at 600 Townsend

  • Bank America Securities, San Francisco – 180,000 rsf extension at Transamerica Pyramid

  • Morgan Lewis Bockius, San Francisco – 150,000 rsf lease extension at One Market Plaza

  • Reed Smith, San Francisco – 110,000 rsf relocation at 101 Second Street

  • Goldman Sachs, San Francisco – 90,000 rsf at 555 California Street

  • DLA Piper, San Francisco – 80,000 rsf at 555 Mission at 555 Mission Street

  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, San Francisco – 60,000 rsf at 555 Mission

  • RCM Capital Management, San Francisco – 40,000 rsf at 555 Mission

  • Kaiser Permanente, Pleasanton – 430,000 rsf off-market acquisition in Pleasanton, CA

Prior to joining JLL, David held senior marketing and leasing director positions at Trammell Crow Company, Cushman Realty Corporation and Prudential Realty Group between 1986 and 1998.

He was recruited to open the Insignia/Edward S. Gordon SF office in 1999, and led the business to a 30-person market leadership position in San Francisco prior to its sale to CBRE in 2003.

After then taking a 2.5-year sabbatical in his wife’s home-town, Kristiansand, Norway, David was recruited to JLL to lead its tenant representation business. He was selected as a JLL International Director in 2006.

Education
David, a fourth generation San Franciscan, earned a law degree from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1986 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1982. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco in 1977.

Affiliations
David is a hands-on volunteer youth teacher, coach, lector, and board member for a number of non-profits that serve children, education and the sick.

He is a member of the Order of Malta and chaired the 2015 St Ignatius Scholarship Fund Auction raising $1.3M for 320 high school scholars from lower-income families.

David and his wife, Signe, live in Marin County, CA, with teenage children attending St. Ignatius, Redwood High School and the University of Southern California.