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James W. Lees

Senior Vice President

LIC # 00683028


Career Summary

James Lees is a senior vice president with Kidder Mathews and has over 35 years commercial real estate experience. His expertise and extensive market knowledge has led to more than 14.9 million square feet in office sale and lease transactions valued at over $5.4 billion.

His skills in investigation and analysis support clients in making insightful business decisions. James’ vision, creativity, relationship building, market knowledge and implementation of successful leasing and sales strategies employ multiple resources across a broad network. Additionally, he offers strong underwriting capabilities, including forecasting and trending for acquisitions, dispositions and debt restructure.

Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, James was a senior vice president with CBRE where he was awarded their most prestigious national honor, the McCarthy Award, and is a two-time member of the Colbert Coldwell Circle. He was named as 1 of the 5 Most Influential in San Francisco Peninsula Real Estate by the San Francisco Business Times.

Professional Achievements

  • He serves as an advisor for the College of San Mateo linking business and education to meet companies growth requirements
  • 2015-2017 - Board of Directors, The Edge of San Mateo
  • San Mateo County Economic Development Association
  • Awarded CBRE’s most prestigious National honor - the “McCarthy Award”
  • 2002-2013 - CBRE International Recognition Conference
  • 2-Time Member of Colbert Coldwell Circle, 6-time member of CBRE Chairman’s Circle
  • Consistent “Top Five” Producer
  • Repeat Recipient of CoStar & Commercial Property “Power Broker Award” for San Francisco region
  • CoStar & Commercial Property “Power Broker Award” for San Francisco region
  • Served on a 12-member advisory board for CBRE’s National Office Agency Taskforce
  • CBRE National Mentoring Program
  • Honored as a “Top Broker” by Equity Office Properties National Broker Leadership program
  • San Francisco Business Times’ “Real Estate Deals of the Year” awards for “Steal of the Year” and Suburban Sale
  • “Office Broker of the Year” honor by Opus West Corporation


Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

Significant Transactions

Lease Transactions
Franklin Templeton
(expansion in Poland)
±72,000 SF $10,780,000
Sprint @ 1850 Gateway Drive,
San Mateo
±97,000 SF $24,187,250
DHL @ 50 California Street,
San Francisco
±94,355 SF $41,138,700
Virgin America, Burlingame ±41,000 SF $9,800,000
The Good Guys @ Sierra Point,
±84,000 SF Consultation
Global English @ Sierra Point,
±47,405 SF $10,710,889
Redwood Shores
±31,000 SF $4,385,000
DHL @ 100 Marine Parkway,
Redwood Shores
±17,463 SF $2,692,800
Check Point Software,
Redwood City
±48,000 SF $4,320,000
Sale Transactions
Sale Price
Oyster Point
So San Francisco
±2,500,000 SF $308,000,000
1500-1510 Fashion Island Blvd.,
San Mateo
±140,000 SF $42,000,000
Vintage Office Park,
Foster City
±320,000 SF Part of $105,000,000 Sale
601 & 651 Gateway Blvd.,
So San Francisco
±506,000 SF $108,000,000
San Mateo Plaza,
San Mateo
±254,448 SF $71,000,000
8000 Marina Blvd.,
±200,000 SF $67,500,000
701 Gateway Blvd.,
So San Francisco
±170,000 SF $54,000,000
333 Twin Dolphin Drive,
Redwood Shores
±185,286 SF $52,700,000
333 Twin Dolphin Drive,
Redwood Shores
±177,000 SF $39,920,000
Shores Center,
Redwood Shores
±138,546 SF $30,805,000
Sierra Point Campus,
So San Francisco
±74.5 Acres $25,972,000
600, 630 & 650 Gateway Blvd.,
So San Francisco
±150,960 SF $23,600,000
850 Cherry Drive,
San Bruno
±3.3 Acres $21,550,000
101 Lincoln Centre Drive,
Foster City
±105,000 SF $17,300,000
999 Baker Way,
San Mateo
±63,000 SF $11,500,000
1000 Marina Blvd.,
±99,000 SF $10,098,000
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203 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Suite 530
Redwood City, CA 94065

Partial Client List

  • Asurion
  • Boston Properties
  • Bovet Professional Center
  • Catholic Healthcare West
  • Checkpoint Software
  • CMP Publications
  • CoreMark
  • DHL
  • Fortune Brands
  • Franklin Templeton
  • GE Capital
  • GIC Real Estate
  • Glenborough Realty Trust
  • Global English
  • Harvest Properties
  • Hines/Morgan Stanley
  • Hudson Pacific
  • Kensington Technologies
  • Krames Communications
  • Metlife
  • Northwest Mutual
  • Pettinelli Professional Partners
  • Ruttenberg CPA
  • Stockbridge Capital
  • Truebeck Construction
  • Virgin America
  • Visa
  • Waddell & Reed
  • Wells Fargo