Ms. Duffy is an attorney who focuses on commercial real estate, land use, and development, with a special expertise in large public and private entity transactions. She has acted as principal counsel for numerous major development projects and real estate transactions, including the two largest development projects in San Francisco.
Ms. Duffy represents clients in the acquisition, planning, construction, and sale of major developments. Because of her in-depth understanding of the long-term implications of development she is particularly noted for her ability to help find effective and feasible solutions to the challenges that arise in complex public/private projects.
She counsels clients as varied as Millennium Partners, Forest City Enterprises, Farallon Capital Management, eBay Inc., the San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants. Ms. Duffy was lead counsel on the 300-acre San Francisco Mission Bay development project, the 18-acre Burlingame Point waterfront biotech center, the downtown San Francisco Westfield Center, and most recently, the 1.8 million square foot mixed-use 5M infill project in downtown San Francisco and California Pacific Medical Center's $2 billion, 5-campus hospital redevelopment.
Ms. Duffy graduated with honors from California State University, Los Angeles in 1970 and earned her law degree, cum laude, from Loyola University, Los Angeles, in 1978. While at Loyola, she was elected to the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and served as a lead Articles Editor of the Loyola Law Review.
In addition to serving on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at U.C. Berkeley. Ms. Duffy has served as a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, the Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, the MIT Graduate School of Urban Planning, Stanford Law School, the Practicing Law Institute, Southern Methodist University Law School, the Urban Land Institute, the California Building Industry Foundation and other professional organizations. In 2015 and 2016, she taught an undergraduate seminar in the political science department at UC Berkeley.
Ms. Duffy's ability has been often recognized. The National Law Journal named her among 75 Outstanding Women Lawyers in 2015. Among the honors are: Chambers and Partners' Women in Law Awards 2013 and 2012 Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, and consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the real estate law category; Best Lawyer's 2016 San Francisco Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Law, and ranked for the last 20 years as one of the Best Lawyers in America; the Daily Journal's Top 50 Development Lawyers in 2014, and the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2011 and 2010; the San Francisco Business Times 100 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for six consecutive years (2005-2010), then honored as a Forever Influential Woman in 2011; and the California Real Estate Journal's Dealmaker of the Year in 2009 for her work on the Public Health Service Hospital conversion project at the San Francisco Presidio.
Ms. Duffy is recognized as a distinguished alum of Loyola Law School and as one of 50 Inspirational Alumni in 2015. She is a chosen member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and Lambda Alpha International, as well as the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of a select group of women in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. Ms. Duffy has served as a director of the public television station KQED, Inc., the Exploratorium, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Co., the United Cerebral Palsy Association, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), the City Club and the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center. In 2015, she was a member of the San Francisco Mayor's Housing Working Group.