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Rick Needham

Special Counsel
Orange County
T: 714.424.2847
F: 714.513.5130


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 1990
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1987
  • State of California
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Rick Needham is a creative deal maker, with 25 years of experience representing clients in a broad range of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic affiliations and consolidations, and real estate matters.  He is a member of Sheppard Mullins 85+ attorney national healthcare practice, and the firm's corporate and real estate practice groups. 


In healthcare, Mr. Needham represents a broad range of clients, including physician groups, hospitals, ancillary service providers, equity investors, lenders, senior care operators, medical office building developers, and others in the healthcare industry.  He works with companies across the country and advises both for-profit and non-profit clients.

Representative Healthcare Corporate Transactions:

  • Represented Facey Medical Foundation in its long-term affiliation with Providence Health & Services
  • Represent private equity firm in acquiring 6 hospital system
  • Represented hospital operator in acquiring a community hospital
  • Represented a seller of 9 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs)
  • Represented a group of independent physicians in their sale of a 49% interest in an ASC
  • Represent investors in startup medical device companies
  • Represent a medical foundation in the acquisition of physician practices
  • Represented a hospital operator in its management services agreement

 Representative Healthcare Real Estate Transactions:

  • Represent owners and developers of medical office buildings (MOBs) in developing, acquiring, financing, leasing and selling MOBs
  • Represent physicians and hospitals in MOB leasing transactions (as landlord and tenants)
  • Represent the operator of 8 Skilled Nursing Facilities, an Assisted Living Facility and a Home Health business in the sale of all facilities and operations to a public company operator
  • Represent investors in senior care facility developments
  • Represent a behavioral health hospital developer in site acquisitions for new hospitals

Real Estate

Mr. Needham brings a unique perspective and skill set to representing clients in real estate matters.  Respected for his business and deal making skills, Mr. Needham was invited by a client to partner in a healthcare real estate development company in 2004.  Mr. Needham accepted and spent 7 years developing outpatient medical buildings for hospitals and physicians.   As a healthcare real estate developer, Mr. Needham was responsible for handling all aspects of project development, including feasibility studies, site selection, due diligence, land acquisition, budgeting, financing, project design, entitlement, value engineering, construction, marketing, leasing, tenant relations, property management, and disposition for over 700,000 square feet of commercial buildings.

In his career, Mr. Needham has represented clients in a wide range of transactional real estate matters, including acquisition, entitlement, development, construction financing, permanent financing, joint ventures, leasing, and disposition.  He has represented developers, investors, borrowers, lenders, companies, non-profits, cities and redevelopment agencies handling their real estate needs in all product types, including medical office, senior care, multi-family, retail, industrial and professional office.

Representative Real Estate Transactions:

  • Represented clients in the purchase or sale of over $400 Million of multi-family apartment projects in the last 3 years
  • Representing client in the acquisition of $4 Billion of non-performing loan pools
  • Represented client in the acquisition of a 10 gas station portfolio in Ohio
  • Represented client on the assumption of a $16 Million CMBS loan
  • Represented clients in a variety of healthcare real estate transactions (see above list)

Community Involvement

  • Co-Founder, Board Chair and President -- Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, CA (2004 to present)
  • Founding Board Member -- Aliso Viejo Christian School (1999 to 2004)
  • Basketball Program Founder & Head Coach -- Aliso Viejo Christian School (2001 – present)
  • Orange County Board Member & Youth Mentor -- Volunteers in Parole, Inc. (1992 – 1995)

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "Everything you need to know about the evolving world of medical office," NAIOP University, October 22, 2013