Sara A. McCormick

Partner She / Her / Hers
Philadelphia

Sara McCormick concentrates on a variety of commercial real estate matters, including all phases of leasing, acquisition, disposition, and development transactions. Sara has significant expertise representing investors and developers in real estate joint ventures and funds, and has spoken on the topic several times. She also works regularly with universities in connection with privately developed student housing and other real estate projects.

Her clients include national and international companies, including those in the industrial, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors, REITs, private equity, and pension funds.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Represented an industrial developer in the formation of a joint venture with a private equity firm, to acquire at least three separate neighboring parcels in New Jersey for the development and operation of an approximately one million-square foot industrial/distribution facility and related on and off-site improvements. This joint venture project involved the negotiation and documentation of multiple potential options with respect to the development of the property over the next decade and correspondingly complex economics.
  • Represents a developer focused on the science/technology sector in the formation of multiple joint ventures with an S&P 500 real estate company, for the development, operation, leasing, financing, and use of laboratory and office/research projects throughout the country, including significant recent projects in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Providence. In Philadelphia alone, the representation involves three developed projects totaling over 800,000 square feet, including a large parking structure, with more projects on the horizon.
  • Represents a mall operator in the leasing of an entire mall redevelopment project

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Philadelphia Bar Association - Real Property Section

Fishtown Neighbors Association - Zoning Committee

Leadership Philadelphia - 2020 Core Program

Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia – Business on Board Participant

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey – Young Leaders Program Participant

Recognition & Accomplishments

Named one of The Legal Intelligencer's 2018 Lawyers on the Fast Track

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "Walk in the Park: Paving the Way to a Successful Innovation Center Development," AURP International Conference, October 2020

"Joint Ventures in Real Estate Development Projects," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Successful Real Estate Development Projects, Philadelphia, April 10, 2019 

Presenter, "Key Issues in Real Estate Joint Ventures," PBI Real Estate Institute, December 2018

Board Memberships & Community Service

First Person Arts, secretary

Publications

"State by State Guide to Real Estate Leasing," 2022 Supplement (Pennsylvania Chapter)

Credentials 

Education

New York University School of Law (LL.M. 2006)

The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (J.D. 2005)

The Pennsylvania State University (B.A. 2002)

Admissions

Pennsylvania

Texas