Attorney at Law
Celine Mui Simon
Laura received a B.F.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Immediately after graduation, she served as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D. in Louisiana. She then practiced as a real estate attorney at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP (San Francisco), Kutak Rock LLP (Denver) and Cassin & Cassin LLP (New York), handling complex commercial transactions including mortgage financing and securitization offerings, property purchases and sales, leasing and property management transactions and various corporate law matters. She is currently an active member of the State Bars of both California and New York, serving clients on both coasts.
Laura has negotiated hundreds of commercial leases and provided local market expertise to founders, principals, operational and facilities managers and in-house counsel seeking a space for their organizationss. She also provides ongoing strategic transactional and operational legal support to businesses, managing the legal aspects of corporate transactions including asset and stock purchases and sales, mergers and acquisitions, debt and dispute settlements, company and partnership structuring, licensing, company governance, and e-commerce matters.
When not lawyering, Laura might be found at a karaoke bar, yoga studio or in her kitchen whipping up spontaneous feasts from the contents of her refrigerator.For more information about Laura’s private practice, please visit her website at http://www.drossmanlaw.com.
Celine received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2009. Prior to joining the MSMLaw backup team, she represented major financial institutions and mid-sized regional banks at a boutique San Francisco law firm, where she litigated various commercial real estate matters and negotiated, structured and drafted loan and real estate documents, including leases, business covenants, security agreements, note sales, loan modification and forbearance agreements, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and short sale agreements.
Celine is experienced in real estate sales, purchases, leasing and financing. Drawing upon her real estate litigation background, she is well-versed at pinpointing and mitigating potential risks in contracts, and setting a strategy for resolving conflicts consistent with the client’s risk tolerance. Originally from Hong Kong, Celing is fluent in Cantonese, and conversant in Mandarin. She is the past President of the Asian Business League of San Francisco, and is currently a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, its Solo Practice and Small Firm, Women, and Real Estate sections. She recently launched her own independent solo practice, Strata Legal (http://stratalegalca.com).
Myra received her J.D., Cum Laude, from Fordham University (New York City) in 1987. At Fordham, she was a member of the Fordham Law Review (and published Limited Partnership Interests as Securities Under Article 8 of the U.C.C., 54 Ford. L. Rev. 125 [October 1985]); was on the Dean's List seven times; received the American Jurisprudence Award for Bankruptcy; and graduated in the top ten percent of her class.
Upon graduating from law school, Myra joined the New York firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges as a real estate associate. She moved to the Bay Area in 1989, where she worked as an associate in Cooley, Godward, Castro, Huddleson and Tatum's Palo Alto branch office. In November 1990, Myra concluded that big-firm life wasn't her cup of tea on either coast, and joined the San Francisco boutique law firm of Stein, Lubin & Lerner (now Lubin, Olson & Niewiadomski LLP). At Stein Lubin, she practiced real estate and general business law, representing banks, commercial property owners and real estate developers in all facets of real estate leasing, acquisition, disposition and finance. Myra left Stein Lubin in May 1995 to launch her own practice.
Among other affiliations, Myra is a member of the California State Bar's sections on Business Law and Real Property Law; the Bar Association of San Francisco; and has served as past Co-Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association's Business Law section. Myra has served as an Articles Editor for the California Real Property Journal; she recently co-authored Chapter 8, Early Termination Rights, in the Retail Leasing volume (part of California Continuing Education of the Bar's Commercial Leasing series). Myra serves as annual update editor to CEB on its Ground Lease Practice, Office Leasing and Retail Leasing titles and volunteers annually as a scorer for the Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition.
In February 2013, Myra joined Provisors (Oakland I), a highly-regarded community of professionals who serve their clients as trusted advisors. Provisors members share the highest standards of integrity, performance and accountability through the promotion of relationship building, information sharing and collaboration among members for the benefit of their clients and one another. As a member of Provisors, Myra is part of a network of trusted professionals such as accountants, architects, bankers and other legal practitioners with broad-based expertise.
In her spare time, Myra nurtures an alter ego as a prolific women's fiction author under the pen name Sheryl Sorrentino. "Sheryl" has written and self-published six contemporary multicultural fiction novels, with her latest, Smarter Than That, released in Spring 2017. Chock full of her signature irreverent language and other “un-lawyerly” matter, Sheryl Sorrentino's novels take readers on a brazen, fun ride.
Last but not least, Myra is the founder of 13 PAGES Indivisible, the 13th Congressional District Progressive Alliance for Government Ethics and Sanity (one of the thousands of political action coalitions springing up all over the country following the 2016 election). The mission of 13 PAGES Indivisible is to preserve and promote a progressive agenda to benefit and protect all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, level of income, or nationality of origin; to monitor and demand ethics and sanity in government; and to inform and empower the next generation of voters.
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