At a Glance

Steve represents major commercial developers of retail, office, industrial/warehousing and residential projects. He handles acquisitions, land use, development, construction and leasing properties. Steve has broad experience in a wide variety of other business transactions.


Steve Stwora-Hail has more than 35 years of experience in greater Sacramento’s real estate community. He brings unrivaled depth and breadth of knowledge of real estate law to the negotiation table representing major commercial developers of retail, office, industrial/warehousing and residential projects with the acquisition, land use, development, construction, and leasing of their properties. He negotiates on behalf of sophisticated landlords as well as anchor and credit tenants, and knows the critical issues of both sides. Steve represents financial institutions and developers in negotiating real estate secured loans and workouts. He also assists developers in forming entities to hold their real estate interest for tax purposes and investment strategies.

Retail Development

One of Steve’s clients is the Teel Family Trust, which owns the Raley’s, Bel Air Mart, Knob Hill Foods, and Food Source chains of grocery stores.  For these companies he provided the following services:

  • Negotiated acquisition, development and lease agreements for the construction of new stores, as well as the CC&Rs and reciprocal easement agreements for the shopping centers in which they are located.

  • Assisted Raley’s and the Trust in the acquisition of Bel Air Mart and Knob Hill Foods chains, as well as the developing and financing of Raley’s $35 million warehouse distribution in North Natomas.

  • Represented the Trust and Raley’s in development of the Raley’s Landing Project, a 10-city block mixed use (office/residential/retail) project along the Sacramento River in West Sacramento. He worked on obtaining all entitlements for the site from the City of West Sacramento and its Redevelopment Agency through various development agreements and an owner’s participation agreement. He also negotiated sales of parcels within this project to The Money Store and CalSTRS, who each acquired the land to build their high rise office headquarters.

Steve has assisted retail developers in development of strip centers, neighborhood centers and regional centers, and in negotiating transactions on their behalf with national tenants, such as Home Depots, Target, BestBuy, PetsMart, Staples, Ross Dress For Less, TJ Maxx, Smart & Final, ToysRUs, Sports Chalet, Sports Authority, JoAnn’s, Pet Club, Office Mac, Pier One, Sleep Train, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and Tractor Supply, as well as national pad users such as Walgreens, Carl’s Jr., Panera Bread, Mimi’s Café, Chili’s, Kragen Auto Parts, In ‘n Out Burger, McDonald’s, Panda Express, Starbucks, Chipotle, Quizno’s, Chick-fil-A, 7-11, Circle K, Auto Zone, and Jamba Juice.

Agricultural Land

Steve represents agricultural clients in the sale, acquisition and leasing of farms, vineyards and ranches, and in negotiating easements, oil and gas leases, farm management agreements, crop purchase agreements, financing packages, and leases and easements for communication towers, wind turbines and solar farms.  He assisted Horizon Dairy in its acquisition of a 600-acre farm in South Sacramento County, where the acquisition costs were supplemented by negotiating conservation easements with The Nature Conservancy.  Steve also represents Union Creek Holdings, LLC on annexation and land use matters for its 1,000 acres located between the City of Suisun and Travis Air Force Base.

Public Agencies

Steve assisted the California Department of General Services in ground leasing 150 acres of land to Majestic Realty Co. for the development of 3 million square feet of warehouse space. He also assisted California Corrections and Health Care Services in leasing 280,000 square feet of office space in the City of Elk Grove, and assisted the State of California in the negotiations for selling the Orange County Fair Grounds and Del Mar Fair Grounds.  He also negotiated numerous cellular tower and rooftop leases and easements.

Business Services

In addition to his extensive background in real estate matters, Steve has a broad experience in a wide variety of other business transactions.  He started his career as a tax and securities attorney in San Jose, forming private placement real estate syndications. When the 1986 Tax Act eliminated most tax advantages to real estate investments, Steve began to broaden his practice representing and advising the officers and boards of local financial institutions, including Capitol Savings and Loan, Sacramento Savings Bank, First Credit Union, SAFE Credit Union, The Golden 1 Credit Union, and First Northern Bank of Dixon.  In representing these institutions, he not only assisted them in federal and state compliance of their operations and lending instruments, but also advised them on vendor, IT and consultant contracts, human resources, anti-trust issues, trademark and copyright issues, and provided general litigation support in all these matters. Steve has also counseled small and large companies on similar maters, including the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Port if Sacramento. Given Steve’s wide scope of practice, he is also known as a relationship partner who assists and guides our clients through all their legal needs.

Steve has published numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on real property law for the American Bar Association, California’s Continuing Education of the Bar, and the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California.  He coauthored chapters in CEB’s “California Easements and Boundaries” and CEB’s “California Real Property Sales Transactions”. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.


Santa Clara University, J.D.

University of Chicago, B.A.


AV peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell


International Council of Shopping Centers Northern California State Government Relations Chair, – 2015-2016

International Council of Shopping Centers Northern California Planning and Program Committee, 2006-Present

California Continuing Education of the Bar, Advisory Committee for Real Estate Law, 2004-2013

California Continuing Education of the Bar, Governing Committee 2001-2003

Sacramento Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, 1996-present

California Business Properties Association, Advisory Board, 1993-present

San Joaquin County Business Council, Inc., director, 2001-2003

State Bar of California Real Property Section, chair, 1998-1999

State Bar of California Real Property Section Executive Committee, 1995-2001

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