Kathleen J. McKee

Kathleen J. McKee is a partner ("Of Counsel") in the San Diego area office where she served as co-chair of the firm's Business, Facilities, Real Estate, Construction, Energy Practice Group for nine years.  Ms. McKee, an experienced real estate attorney, represents school districts and public agencies in all aspects of real estate, business and facilities law, including property acquisition and disposal, site selection, financing and construction.  She advises clients throughout the state on property negotiations, purchase agreements, leases, entitlements, land use and entitlement issues, environmental issues, including CEQA and NEPA, and alternative energy projects.

Ms. McKee is especially interested in finding ways for school districts and public agencies to take full advantage of their property assets, including effective use of surplus property.  Ms. McKee served as a member of Green Technology's California Summit and K-12 Advisory Boards. She is a recognized leader in energy conservation legal matters, especially matters involving energy efficiency and solar generation.  She has completed over 35 solar projects, ranging from small, one site projects to large multi-site projects combining carport, roof and stand-alone solar structures on 51 sites. She assists school districts and public agencies throughout the state with solar projects, from RFP creation through contract negotiations and preparation of all documents, including financing and rebates.

Ms. McKee has published numerous articles on real estate issues in trade journals and legal newspapers, including the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Diego Daily Transcript. She regularly presents workshops for school districts on a range of topics covering sustainable real property issues, particularly on solar and energy efficiency upgrades. She partnered with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) to present a series of web-based seminars on energy and sustainability issues called "Ready, Set, Go Green!"  Her most recent publication is "California School Facilities Guide to Real Property," a handbook for facilities staff outlining best practices for acquisition and disposition of real property, published as a collaborative project with the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO).

Prior to representing school districts and public agencies, Ms. McKee represented private commercial property owners in the acquisition, financing and development of commercial properties for use in the biotech industry.  She received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego where she was an editor for the San Diego Law Review.  She holds master's and bachelor's degrees from San Diego State University.

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