Howard S. Hirsch

Howard S. Hirsch

Chief Legal Officer

Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.

Howard S. Hirsch is our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, positions he has held since December 2018. Mr. Hirsch handles the company’s corporate, securities and board of directors matters and is intimately involved in various operational matters, including investor relations and other business aspects of the firm. He is a member of the company’s executive team. From June 2014 to December 2018, Mr. Hirsch served as our Vice President and Secretary. Mr. Hirsch previously served as Vice President and General Counsel - Securities of GCC from June 2014 until December 2018. Prior to joining GCC in June 2014, Mr. Hirsch was a shareholder at the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. From July 1999 through the time he joined Baker Donelson in April 2009, Mr. Hirsch was a member of two nationally known law firms where he held the positions of associate, of counsel and partner.

Mr. Hirsch has over 20 years of experience in public securities offerings, SEC reporting, corporate and securities compliance matters, and private placements. He previously handled securities, transactional and general corporate matters for various publicly-traded and non-traded REITs. Mr. Hirsch’s experience also includes registrations under the Securities Act and the 1940 Act, reporting under the Exchange Act, and 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 in connection with registrations of public offerings of non-traded REITs and real estate public partnerships. He also has experience representing broker-dealers on various FINRA compliance matters. Mr. Hirsch earned his B.S. degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.