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Howard S. Hirsch is our General Counsel – Securities, a position he previously held from 2014-2018, and now from January 2021-Present. Mr. Hirsch is a member of Griffin Capital’s executive management team. He previously served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Griffin Capital Real Estate Company, LLC (GRECO) and Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc. (GCEAR), positions he held from 2018-2021. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Assistant Secretary for those entities from June 2014 until December 2018. In his roles at GRECO and GCEAR, Mr. Hirsch handled the corporate matters, public company matters, securities compliance and filing, and board of director matters and was intimately involved in various operational matters, including investor relations and other business aspects of the firm. He was a member of the executive team. Prior to joining Griffin in June 2014, Mr. Hirsch was a member of two nationally known law firms where he held the positions of associate, counsel, partner, and shareholder.
Mr. Hirsch has 25 years of experience in general corporate matters, corporate transactions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance issues, regulatory compliance, employment matters, and litigation related matters. He has extensive experience counseling executive teams and public company boards of directors and their committees. He has led various large transactional and other general corporate matters for public and private companies, predominantly in the real estate industry. Led or participated in over $20 billion in public company SEC registrations. Counseled public companies on corporate governance best practices and compliance matters and represented companies on various regulatory matters. Mr. Hirsch has represented broker-dealers on various FINRA compliance matters. He also has had a detailed involvement and responsibility with investor relations, human resources, litigation, IT, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and insurance-related matters along with other company operational matters. Mr. Hirsch earned his B.S. degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from the University of Illinois–Chicago John Marshall Law School.