30 Years




J. Theo Gianulis, II

J. Theo Gianulis, II

J. Theo Gianulis is a member of our transactional practice group where he focuses on representing clients in a variety of real estate matters. Theo has extensive experience and expertise in representing clients in the acquisition, sale, leasing, construction, and financing of commercial real estate.

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Bars and Courts
  • California Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • California Western School of Law, JD
  • University of San Diego, BA, Cum Laude
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • La Jolla Bar Association
  • NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Urban Land Institute – San Diego/Tijuana
  • Licensed California Real Estate Broker (License # 02103158)
Community Affiliations
  • La Jolla Country Club – Legal Committee
Representative Transactions


Represents one of the world’s largest real estate investment trusts with assets in excess of $36 billion. In his capacity as outside counsel to this real estate investment trust, Theo has advised on the acquisition of billions of dollars of real property and overseen outside legal auditing of tens of billions of dollars of assets.

Represented and advised client with assets in excess of $600 million in drafting an estate plan and transferring real property to avoid adverse tax consequences.

Represented real estate client in $12.6 million CMBS refinance of industrial office park.

Represented real estate company in $17.2 million CMBS refinance of commercial shopping center.

Represented client in sale of 10 NNN properties totaling over $30 million.

Counseled hotelier in connection with acquisition of a loan in excess of $50 million.

Advised and represented landlords in connection with unlawful detainer action concerning commercial tenants.

Represented and advised client regarding extinguishment of an existing Reciprocal Parking Agreement and compliance with city zoning.

Counseled client in extinguishing easement with exorbitant fees.

Represented business in commercial lease negotiation for music venue.

Represented clients in the formation of a limited liability company in connection with the funding of a start-up entertainment business.

Counseled client in multimillion dollar sale of corporation.

Represented commercial real estate company in connection with the negotiation and drafting of a complex industrial lease.

Represented commercial real estate developer in conversion of commercial building into condo units for sale.

Publications and Speaking Engagements


Author: “The California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust Act: California’s New State-Mandated Retirement Savings Account Program”

Employment Background


Before and during law school Theo worked for The Pacific Companies, a San Diego based commercial real estate company, where he became familiar with the business and legal needs of real estate entities and the families that operate them.

Special Notes


In his free time, Theo is an avid golfer, plays his many Taylor® guitars, and loves spending time with his wife and daughter and their golden retriever Mia.