Sean A. Cottle

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Sean A. Cottle


55 South Market St., Suite 900
San Jose, CA 95113

408-947-2404 | 408-287-2583

Sean A. Cottle

Main Bio

Practice Overview

Since joining Hoge Fenton in September 2004, Sean Cottle has helped his clients negotiate the buying and selling of property with consideration valued at more than 1.9 billion dollars. Sean’s practice focuses on transactions involving the purchase, sale, and leasing of commercial, industrial, and retail properties and the purchase and sale of residential development property, both in California and elsewhere throughout the country (as far away as Knoxville, Tennessee, Peoria, Illinois and Forth Worth, Texas).  Sean also advises landowners, developers, builders, and subcontractors on other legal issues from entitlement, construction, and property-related issues to post-sale issues and project advocacy. Sean has served and currently serves as outside general counsel to several contractors. Sean is a leading authority on Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds and has spoken extensively on these topics. Sean has practiced law for over 30 years and is well respected by his clients and many others in the business community.

Representative Matters include:

  • $54 million Office Deal in San Jose, CA
  • $27 million Land Deal in Mountain View, CA
  • $27 million Office Deal in Knoxville, TN
  • $24 million Residential Development Deal in Redwood City, CA
  • $23 million Commercial Deal in San Jose, CA

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Tulane University
  • B.A., Economics/Political Science, Kenyon College


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern & Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Affiliation & Awards

Professional Activities

Sean is a member of NAIOP – Commercial Real Estate Development Association, a member of the Building Industry Association – Bay Area (Life Spike Member), the California Building Industry Association, and the Real Property Section of the California State Bar Association.

Community Activities

Sean is involved in the Rotary Club of San Jose and was appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2019. Sean was a member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Organization, formerly known as the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce from October 2010 to December 2019. He previously served as Chair of the Board in 2015 and as First Vice-Chair for Economic Development. He also served on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Downtown Association from March 2007 until December 2012 as a member of its Executive Committee and former treasurer.


  • Chartered Fellow of Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA)
  • AV Preeminent® (highest level of professional excellence) Peer Review Rated
  • CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
  • Northern California Super Lawyer: 2020 – 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America 2021 – 2024, Real Estate

Representative Experience

Representative Matters

Listed below are examples of property transactions that Sean has worked on since joining Hoge Fenton:

  • Commercial Buildings:
    • San Jose, CA – $23 million
    • Livermore, CA – $17 million
    • Campbell, CA – $12 million
  •  Land:
    • Mountain View, CA – $27 million
    • Mountain View, CA – $15 million
    • San Jose, CA – $10 million
  • Office Buildings:
    • San Jose, CA – $54 million
    • Knoxville, TN – $27 million
    • San Jose, CA – $22 million
  • Retail Center & Warehouse:
    • Knoxville, TN – $21 million
    • Fort Worth, TX – $15 million
    • Phoenix, AZ – $13 million
  • Residential Development:
    • Redwood City, CA – $24 million
    • San Jose, CA – $18 million

Speaking & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Mackrell International California Minority Counsel Program Best Places to Work 2019 Bay Area Green Business