M. Rogue Hemley retired from partnership on December 31, 1994. He served as Chairman of the Washington, D.C. offices' Finance and Real Estate Department. His more than 30 years of practice has focused on the development and financing of commercial, industrial, residential and multi-use real estate projects, originally in Southern California and more recently in Washington, D.C. His major client involvements have included The Voit Corporation (development of Warner Center in Los Angeles), the Segerstrom Family (development of the South Coast Plaza Metro area in Orange County) and The Irvine Company (development of the 68,000 acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County), where he served as counsel to the Board of Directors from 1977 to 1984 and General Counsel from 1982 to 1984.
Mr. Hemley has extensive experience in negotiating and documenting purchases, leases and financing of real estate, including redevelopment projects with local government such as the US$100 million Main Place regional mall in Santa Ana, California (a joint venture of Segerstrom and JMB Realty, working with the Santa Ana Redevelopment Agency) and the City Center project in Burbank, California (representing Homart Development Company). He has been responsible for the real estate aspects of major corporate transactions such as the acquisition of Safeway Stores and Owens-Illinois by Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts and the acquisition of Vought Aircraft and GDE Systems by The Carlyle Group. Mr. Hemley also has experience in tax-exempt and tax increment bond financing as well as conventional real estate finance and recently represented a major bank in the restructuring of the debt of DeBartolo, Inc.
Mr. Hemley is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and California and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has been included in Best Lawyers in America since its original publication.
Mr. Hemley was Assistant Dean and Acting Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 1968-69, teaching federal income taxation.