Woodsum Law Offices

Experienced Commercial Leasing Counsel



Retailers have unique needs when leasing space. Brand identity and store build-out, location within the shopping center as well as landlord maintenance obligations and co-tenancy are critical.



Office leasing was often viewed as “cookie cutter”.  With the advent of high tech, issues like density, exit strategies, securitization and subleasing have become extremely important.


Life Science

Life science tenants require lab space, permission for tenant’s use of biohazardous materials & chemicals, as well as a backup power source to prevent damage to scientific experiments.



Industrial leasing includes everything from warehouse distribution to research & development. With the advent of online retail shopping, there has been an explosion of industrial leasing.


Hi, I'm Jo Ann

I am an experienced commercial real estate leasing lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. I undertake complex real estate lease transactions for landlords as well as retail, life science and high-tech tenants. I also advocate for the advancement of women in the legal profession. This turned into my passion, which led me to launch and successfully curate the Women In Leasing Law initiative to support, educate and promote women in commercial real estate leasing. I look forward to sharing my passion for commercial leasing with you.



REGISTRATION closed  - course starts on June 1, 2024; registration is open!

Introduction to Commercial Leasing 

A Starter Guide for New Leasing Lawyers & Brokers.

This five-week course will transform your relationship to commercial leasing by giving you the inside track on commercial leasing basics as well as tips on forming lasting and meaningful client relationships which are key to launching a successful commercial leasing practice. This course provides an introduction to these concepts through a thorough analysis of letters of intent.

Approved: 11 hours MCLE credit [CA].


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