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Grant Barbour



Grant Barbour is a Principle, Director of Acquisitions and in-house legal counsel for ongoing transactions at BUILD, where he directs the BUILD team in identifying and analyzing potential properties for development and leads negotiations with owners, lenders and investors for acquisitions.

Prior to joining BUILD, Grant was a real-estate and land-use attorney focusing on complex land transactions, both from a legal and business perspective. As a consultant for the American Land Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land, Grantworked with ranchers in the Western states to save ecologically valuable land from development by negotiating land exchanges or “swaps” between private owners and governmental agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Prior to working on public land issues, Grant spent more than 15 years as an attorney specializing in private real estate workouts, litigation, bankruptcy and acquisition of distressed property, in both a large firm setting and as a solo practitioner. Grantbrings his combined 25 years of public and private real estate transactional experience to bear on both simple and complex real estate transactions, applying a blend of business savvy and practical legal skill to forge win-win solutions.

Significant Projects

  • Shiloh Industrial Center (Windsor, Calif.): acquisition of contaminated industrial facility, loan workouts, intervening bankruptcy, and toxic cleanup with regulatory oversight, 2003.

  • Regional Land Conservation Initiative (Reno, Nev.): acquisition of fee title and conservation easements funded by governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies and donors to preserve environmentally sensitive lands, 2003.

  • Crystal Cove Resort (Lake Tahoe, Calif.): formed public-private partnership with State of California to redevelop vintage resort at Crystal Cove State Park, 1997.


  • Member, California Bar

  • California real estate broker

  • Volunteer, Marin County Legal Aid


  • J.D., King School of Law, University of California, Davis

  • MBA, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

  • B.S., Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis