Susan Jennifer Booth


Holland & Knight LLP
400 South Hope Street
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Tel: 213.896.2540


Susan J. Booth is a Los Angeles real estate attorney with a national practice focused primarily on purchase, sale and capital market transactions involving data centers, hotels, office buildings, multifamily developments, shopping centers, industrial parks, senior-living centers and mixed-use projects. Ms. Booth represents domestic and international commercial banks, pension funds, private equity funds, debt funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and family offices and has closed more than $1 billion in transactions in each of the past several years.

Ms. Booth’s extensive capital markets experience includes both commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) and portfolio loans (acquisition, development, construction, revolving, bridge, term, permanent, mezzanine, EB-5 and Sharia compliant), syndication and participation arrangements, joint venture agreements and mortgage loan portfolio sales/acquisitions. Even in the best of times, a portion of her practice is dedicated to assisting mortgage and mezzanine lenders, equity players and borrowers in developing and implementing strategies to resolve the issues arising from non-performing real estate assets. She has written and spoken extensively on loan workouts, options for handling troubled real estate assets, considerations in foreclosure and navigating through California’s anti-deficiency laws.

Ms. Booth also has almost three decades of experience representing clients in the acquisition and financing (as both lender and borrower) of data centers. She uses her understanding of the unique elements of the data center business to help guide clients towards a successful outcome.

Ms. Booth spent many years on the Director’s Committee of Holland & Knight and also spent more than a decade as the head of the firm’s West Coast Real Estate Group.

  • Stanford University, B.A.
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D.
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management, MBA
  • Lecturer-in-Law, Real Estate Financing, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2022
  • Lecturer-in-Law, Drafting and Negotiating Purchase Agreements, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2019-2021
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Board Chair
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Board of Governors
  • USC Real Estate Law and Business Forum, Co-Chair
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section, Chair Emeritus
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Capital Markets Committee, Chair Emeritus
  • Kansas City Barbeque Society, Certified Judge
  • UCLA Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate (Band 1), 2010-2022
  • Client Service All-Star, The BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2017, 2020, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2013-2023
  • California Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2022
  • Los Angeles & Orange Counties Commercial Real Estate: Trends, Updates and Visionaries magazine, Los Angeles Times, Commercial Real Estate Visionary: Professional Services Advisor, 2021, 2022
  • Los Angeles Business Journal LA500, Law, 2020, 2021
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2019-2021
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in Southern California, Super Lawyers magazine, 2014, 2015, 2018-2020
  • Expert Guides: Best of the Best USA (Top 30) Real Estate, 2021
  • Expert Guides: World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers, 2013-2022
  • Expert Guides: World’s Leading Women in Business Law, 2013-2022
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, Leaders in Law Nominee, 2019
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate & Construction: Real Estate, 2011, 2014-2016, 2021
  • Mathew S. Rae, Jr. Outstanding Section Leader Award, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2017
  • Women of Influence (California), Real Estate Forum, June 2015
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, Women Making a Difference Nominee, 2013, 2015
  • Los Angeles’ Power Women in Commercial Real Estate, Bisnow, 2014
  • Up-and-Coming Real Estate Lawyer (nationally), Chambers Women in Law Awards, 2013
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Los Angeles, Women at the Top, 2012
  • Commendation, City of Los Angeles, 2012
  • Deal Maker of the Year in Real Estate, California Real Estate Journal, 2009
  • Holland & Knight’s Real Estate Practice is one of the largest real estate departments of any law firm in the United States with more than 300 lawyers who regularly assist lenders, buyers, sellers, developers, investors, owners, managers and others with all types of commercial real estate.
  • A hallmark of our practice is our use of carefully selected client teams to undertake sophisticated due diligence projects. We also assemble client teams comprised of attorneys throughout the firm to provide comprehensive representation in the complex issues often related to real estate, including entity formation, tax concerns, environmental compliance, zoning, land use entitlement, governmental permits, construction liens, contract enforcement, foreclosures and bankruptcies.
  • We provide our clients with extensive industry insight gained from our experience handling projects including hotels and resorts, retail centers (urban, neighborhood, big box, restaurants and outparcels), office buildings, apartment communities, mixed-use developments, large-scale residential communities, warehouses, industrial parks and a diverse range of other projects such as casinos, aquariums and marinas.

Founded in 1968, Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and other professionals in 28 offices. Among the nation’s largest law firms, we provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

Clients recognize the firm’s ability to consistently provide excellent value in a variety of areas from complex commercial litigation, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions to regulatory matters, real estate transactions and government investigations. Holland & Knight offers decades of experience in an array of industries, businesses and government organizations, which results in helping clients identify and capture opportunities while mitigating risk and liability. The firm is also well-positioned to guide domestic and global corporations in navigating US government policy changes. Our established relationships with key policymakers, regulatory and legislative experience, and advocacy strategies greatly benefits clients and provides an additional avenue to successfully resolve matters.

The firm is organized into four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. Through integrated practice groups and industry-based teams, we can provide efficient and responsive legal representation anywhere in the world. We serve based on needs, not merely location. Our interdisciplinary approach ensures that clients have access to the lawyers with the most appropriate experience.