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Special Counsel

Susan M. Santerelli

Susan Santerelli construction and financial litigation

Substantial experience in representing major automotive lenders in commercial real estate financing transactions, including ground lease financing, construction financing, and acquisition financing, in all Western States.

Ms. Santerelli specializes in negotiating, documenting and closing construction, ground lease, and mortgage loans secured by commercial real estate located in the Western States. Her practice includes advising clients with regard to structuring commercial real estate financing to automotive dealership groups to avoid running afoul of the one-action and anti-deficiency laws of the various Western States.

As a member of Severson & Werson’s Real Estate Practice Group, Ms. Santerelli has assisted with conduit loan transactions, including the formation of special purpose entities, and, during the last financial downturn, loan workouts and foreclosures, including credit bidding strategies.


  • San Francisco Law School, J.D., 1998
  • San Francisco Law School, A.A., 1994


  • California