Howard S. Hirsch

Howard S. Hirsch

Chief Legal Officer - GRECO

Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.

Howard S. Hirsch is our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, positions he has held since December 2018. Prior to that, he served as our Vice President and Assistant Secretary from January 2015 until December 2018. Mr. Hirsch also serves as Vice President and Secretary of GCEAR II, positions he has held since June 2014; and as Vice President and Secretary of our advisor, positions he has held since November 2014. He is also currently Vice President and Assistant Secretary of GIA Real Estate Fund, positions he has held since January 2015; and Vice President and Assistant Secretary of GIA Credit Fund, as well as a member of the investment committee of the advisor of GIA Credit Fund, positions he has held since January 2017. Mr. Hirsch served as Vice President and General Counsel - Securities of GCC from June 2014 until December 2018. Mr. Hirsch is an ex-officio member of Griffin Capital's executive management team. Prior to joining Griffin in June 2014, Mr. Hirsch was a shareholder at the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked from 2009-2014. From 2007 -2009, Mr. Hirsch was counsel at the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. Prior to joining Bryan Cave LLP, from 1999 through 2007, Mr. Hirsch worked at the law firm of Holland and Knight LLP, where he was an associate and then a partner.

Mr. Hirsch has 20 years of experience in public securities offerings, SEC reporting, corporate and securities compliance matters, and other corporate governance matters. He previously handled securities, transactional and general corporate matters for various other public REITs. Mr. Hirsch's experience also includes registrations under the 1933 Act and 1940 Act, reporting under the Exchange Act, advising boards of directors and the various committees of public companies. He has counseled public companies on corporate governance best practices and compliance matters, and has represented issuers on SEC, FINRA, and "Blue Sky" regulatory matters. He also has experience representing broker dealers on various FINRA compliance matters. Mr. Hirsch has extensive experience working with companies raising funds in the retail and wirehouse distribution channel.  Mr. Hirsch earned his B.S. degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.