Sean A. Cottle

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Sean A. Cottle


60 South Market Street, Suite 1400
San Jose, CA 95113

408-947-2404 | 408-287-2583

Sean A. Cottle

Main Bio

Practice Overview

Sean Cottle is a real estate attorney who has practiced law for over 30 years and is well respected by his clients and many others in the business community. Sean’s practice focuses on transactions involving the purchase, sale, and leasing of commercial, industrial, retail property, and residential developments, 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 aspects 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 and suppliers.

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 has been a member of the Board of Directors of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce since October 2010. 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. Sean is involved in the Rotary Club of San Jose.


Representative Experience

Representative Matters

Listed below are a few examples of property transactions that Sean has worked on since joining Hoge Fenton in September 2004:

  • Commercial Buildings:
    • San Jose, CA – $10.2 million
    • Phoenix, AZ – $2.45 million
    • Livermore, CA – $16.9 million
    • Livermore, CA – $4.9 million
    • Campbell, CA – $11.85 million
  • Land:
    • San Jose, CA – $10 million
    • Mountain View, CA – $26.6 million
    • Milpitas, CA – $8.8 million
  • Office Buildings:
    • Knoxville, TN – $26.75 million
    • San Jose, CA – $6.7 million
    • North San Jose, CA – $17 million
  • Warehouse:
    • Knoxville, TN – $20.875 million
  • Retail Center:
    • Chandler, AZ – $6.04 million
    • Fort Worth, TX – $15 million
    • Peoria, IL – $5.5 million

Speaking & Publications

Speaking Engagements

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