An expert on retail leasing, Yalda Vahdani has significant experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial real estate agreements such as leases, subleases, ground leases, amendments, and licenses. Yalda also has a strong background representing residential developers and home builders of master planned communities with land development, entitlement, permitting, environmental concerns, and due diligence reviews. She advises franchisors, both established and startup, in developing franchising programs, assisting franchisees in negotiating franchise agreements, and ongoing legal compliance.
Following law school, Yalda practiced corporate and commercial law in Kuwait for the largest international firm in the Middle East. There, she advised Fortune 100 companies and large international clients on corporate structuring, agencies, distributorships and franchising, and negotiated and drafted the relevant transaction documents..
After moving back to the Bay Area, Yalda switched her focus to real estate and worked as an associate at several real estate firms before coming to Starr Finley. She has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2017, 2018 and 2019. Yalda has assisted in updating the CEB publication on Office Leasing guide for the last several years.
An avid art lover, Yalda enjoys spending her free time at one of San Francisco’s enchanting museums, riding horses, or playing with her Yorkie, Cal.
Bar Admissions + Associations
- California Bar Association
- Iranian American Bar Association
- International Council of Shopping Centers
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
- University of California – Berkeley, B.A., Art History, Middle Eastern Studies