Beau Simon, a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, focuses his practice on real estate matters with an emphasis on commercial leasing. He has represented the interests of landlords and tenants in numerous retail and office developments throughout California, including having served as counsel in connection with the development of multiple Northern and Southern California commercial projects. Beau has experience in nearly all aspects of property development, from preparing promissory notes and deeds of trust to negotiating purchase and sale agreements, architectural agreements, construction agreements, and related contracts and documentation. His tenant clients include retailers of all kinds, restaurants, theaters, art galleries, and schools, as well as office and other commercial users. He also has experience renegotiating and restructuring leases on behalf of both commercial landlords and tenants. Beau represents a broad spectrum of clients in various other commercial and general business matters.
Before joining Womble, Beau was a longtime partner at Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco, which combined with Womble in 2022.
Beau received his B.A. magna cum laude in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 1986 and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1989, where he served as chief comments editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal.
In conjunction with his active retail leasing practice, Beau is an affiliate member of the Union Square Alliance and serves on its Public Affairs Committee (in addition to having served for many years on the Board of Directors of a predecessor organization, the Union Square Association). He is a former (and founding) member of the Board of Directors of Fashion Incubator San Francisco and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Japantown Task Force.
As part of his commitment to civic involvement in San Francisco, Beau provides pro bono representation to a select group of local nonprofit arts organizations. He is also the curator of the San Francisco office’s art collection, which focuses on contemporary Bay Area painters.
Professional & Civic Engagement
- Union Square Alliance, Affiliate Member and Public Affairs Committee Member
- Japantown Task Force, Board of Directors, 2013 – Present
- Fashion Incubator San Francisco, Board of Directors, 2010 – 2013
- San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)