DEL MAR HEIGHTS, CA-The class A project Paseo Del Mar has added a major pre-lease tenant to its roster. The law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has signed a 10-year deal at the project, which is under construction. The firm will take 54,187 sf at the office property, in a reported $27-million deal.Sheppard Mullin will occupy two full floors in the building and will be the 240,000-sf property’s largest tenant. The move, which will take place Jan. 1, will allow the law firm to double the size of its current Del Mar Heights office.The firm is in a rapid growth mode, according to Richard Kintz, managing partner of Sheppard Mullin’s Del Mar office. “Our current staff of attorneys is expected to grow from 45 to 70 over the next several years,” Kintz says. “Our public corporate securities practice and intellectual property business have been the primary drivers of Sheppard Mullin’s growth in San Diego.”Sheppard Mullin opened its northern San Diego County office in 2001 and has experienced steady growth in that time frame, according to Kintz. “This move will not only accommodate our expected growth, but allow us to remain in the heart of what has become San Diego’s pioneering technology corridor,” he adds.Mark Wayne, Dan Runyon and Steve Wolf of Burnham Real Estate are handling leasing for the project and represented the landlord in the deal. Bill Fleck and Scot Ginsburg of The Staubach Co. represented Sheppard Mullin.The project is being co-developed by Crescent Real Estate Equities Co. and JMI Realty, in conjunction with Cruzan

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