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David M. Madway

San Francisco
T: 415.774.2982
F: 415.434.3947


  • J.D., University of Chicago, 1964
  • B.A., Earlham College, 1961
  • California
  • New York
  • Federal District Courts
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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David M. Madway is an attorney in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Madway handles public/private real estate, real estate financing and development entitlement matters.  His practice emphasizes development transactions with a significant public component, such as transactions with redevelopment agencies, government ownership or assembly of development parcels, public financing of a component of the project (e.g., infrastructure), military base closure and redevelopment projects, transit oriented development projects, mixed public/private development, cross subsidies and related matters.  Mr. Madway has had substantial experience in transactions involving affordable housing, and also represents units of local government and developers of electric generating facilities on local land use and related issues.

  • Lambda Alpha International Member of the Year, Golden Gate Chapter, 2009
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, 2013
  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2008-2017
  • Attorney of the Year, California Lawyer Magazine, 2007
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2007, 2010-2013
  • Top Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Chambers & Partners', 2009, 2010, 2011


Prior to joining Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton, Mr. Madway spent nearly ten years as the general counsel of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.  He represented the Agency in complex transactions involving disposition and development agreements, owner participation agreements, ground leases and public financing for retail, commercial, office, entertainment and residential development.  Those transactions included the San Francisco Giants' new baseball stadium, the public and cultural facilities in Yerba Buena Gardens, a new headquarters office building for The Gap, Inc., and the environmental clean-up and acquisition from the U.S. Navy of a shipyard which has been designated as a Superfund site.  He also managed the legal aspects of establishing development entitlements -- in the form of redevelopment plans -- for major projects, including Mission Bay.

Mr. Madway was a Governor's appointee to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, where he was active in the drafting of the Uniform Land Transactions Act and the Uniform Condominium Act, and a faculty member of the ALI-ABA Condominium Conversion Program.  He was a consultant to California's Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, where he helped draft legislation establishing the California Housing Finance Agency.

Mr. Madway has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he advised the governments of India and Pakistan on the establishment of a legal framework for modern mortgage lending, on the development of a mortgage insurance program, and on the creation of a secondary mortgage market.  He also advised the Government of Mongolia on the conversion of its state-owned stock of apartments to tenant ownership, and the governments of six Russian cities on the disposition of publicly-owned land for private development.


  • Member, Public Law and Real Estate Sections, State Bar of California
  • Member, Lambda Alpha