Joel Patrick Erb


(916) 287-9500
(916) 287-9515

Joel advises and serves numerous businesses and individuals with their transactional needs, and takes great pride in being a deal-maker and counselor. He attempts to craft agreements which will both stand the test of time and deal with the short-term business realities, while thinking of problems and solutions that may not be immediately obvious.

Real Estate Transactions: Joel’s practice focuses on all aspects of complex real estate and related business transactions. This includes drafting, negotiating and counseling clients with respect to purchase and sale agreements, leases, loan documents, easements and other property contracts throughout California and beyond. His clients have ranged from non‐profit companies, individual property owners, clothing designers and sustainable food markets, to development companies, mining companies, joint ventures, REITs, and major banks.

Business and Contracts: Joel’s practice includes drafting and negotiating all types of business contracts and deals, business planning and entity formation, licenses and royalty agreements, and complex financing projects. Businesses have sought Joel’s advice for subjects ranging from retail expansion, hotel, food and restaurant industry issues, intellectual property transactions (including copyright and trademarks), limited liability entity selection and formation, licensing and contracting, neighborhood business improvement districts and mining and construction matters.


In Sacramento, Joel was the lead real estate counsel for the acquisition of the downtown Sacramento Railyards from Union Pacific Railroad and the simultaneous sale of the Sacramento train station and surrounding property to the City, one of the most significant real estate transfers in Sacramento history.

In the Wine Country, Joel represents Oxbow Market, LP and assisted with all aspects of the development of the phenomenal Oxbow Public Market in Napa, including site acquisition, financing, leasing spaces to food vendors and general landlord/tenant and business matters.

In San Francisco, Joel negotiated most of the retail leases at the San Francisco Ferry Building for the landlord prior to its historic re‐opening as one of the pre‐eminent food meccas in the nation, and drafted and negotiated the lease for the landlord of the flagship Sephora store in Union Square.

In New York, Joel negotiated the leases for dozens of Lucky Brand Dungarees stores across the United States, and the Ecko Unltd flagship site in Manhattan.


Joel is admitted to practice in California and New York. He began his career drafting and negotiating leases, loans and sales agreements for some of the largest developers and high‐rise projects in New York City, and also spent time counseling clients in Tokyo, Japan for a previous firm. He received his B.A. in History “magna cum laude” from Tulane University, and his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) following studying at Harvard Law School as part of the prestigious Boalt/Harvard exchange program. Joel attends Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in midtown Sacramento with his wife Rebecca, and manages the Cathedral’s coed softball team. He is an avid follower of baseball, international soccer and Japanese sumo, and is a certified beer judge.


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