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Current Responsibilities

With a background in corporate law, Derek Johnson utilizes the analytical and negotiation skills he developed as an attorney to assist corporate clients in achieving their desired real estate objectives. Derek’s strengths include strategic and tactical planning, and he specializes in helping high-growth technology start-ups in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco, and major law firms maximize flexibility relative to their occupancy needs.


Prior to joining JLL, Derek was a Sr. Associate at Staubach where he specialized in tenant representation, including portfolio management, site selection, transaction management, and strategic planning for corporate real estate users.

Derek began his career practicing corporate law in the Menlo Park office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where he drafted and negotiated complex financing and acquisition agreements for both public and private companies. As a corporate attorney, Derek advised and negotiated on behalf of numerous public and private emerging growth clients relating to entity formation, real property lease documentation, venture capital and debt financings, and strategic acquisitions.

Representative transactions

Square – 400,000 SF – San Francisco

Atlassian – 300,000 SF – SF Bay Area

Lyft – 210,000 SF – San Francisco

Mulesoft – 100,000 SF – San Francisco

Barnes & Noble – 208,000 SF – Palo Alto

Sony PlayStation – 450,000 SF – San Mateo

Silver Spring Networks- 190,000 SF – Santa Clara

Education and Affiliations

Derek attended Hastings College of Law at the University of California where he acquired his law degree.

While at the University of San Francisco, Derek served as Captain of the varsity baseball team, earning Academic All-American honors in each of his four playing years. Derek enjoys coaching little league sports and has served on various boards for El Cerrito Youth Baseball and Burlingame Youth Baseball.

Derek serves on the Board of Directors for Burlingame Youth Baseball and serves in an advisory Board role for Compose Family Services. Derek is a past Board Member of El Cerrito Youth Baseball and Mission Hospice.