Chief Legal Officer
Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT
Howard S. Hirsch is the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT II, Inc., positions he has held since April 2019. From June 2014 to April 2019, Mr. Hirsch served as Vice President and Secretary. Mr. Hirsch served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc. (GCEAR) from December 2018 to April 2019. Prior to that, he served as GCEAR's Vice President and Assistant Secretary from January 2015 until December 2018. Mr. Hirsch also serves as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of Griffin Institutional Access Real Estate Fund, positions he has held since January 2015; and as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of Griffin Institutional Access Credit Fund, positions he has held since January 2017. Mr. Hirsch served as Vice President and General Counsel - Securities of Griffin Capital Company, LLC from June 2014 until December 2018. He also serves as a member of the investment committee of the advisor of Griffin Institutional Access Credit Fund. Prior to joining Griffin Capital Company, LLC in June 2014, Mr. Hirsch was a shareholder at the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. From July 2007 through the time he joined Baker Donelson in April 2009, Mr. Hirsch was counsel at the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. Prior to joining Bryan Cave LLP, from July 1999 through July 2007, Mr. Hirsch worked at the law firm of Holland and Knight LLP, where he was an associate and then a partner. Mr. Hirsch has over 20 years of experience in public securities offerings, SEC reporting, corporate and securities compliance matters, and private placements. He previously handled securities, transactional and general corporate matters for various publicly-traded and non-traded REITs. Mr. Hirsch’s experience also includes registrations under the Securities Act and the 1940 Act, reporting under the Exchange Act, and advising boards of directors and the various committees of public companies. He has counseled public companies on corporate governance best practices and compliance matters, and has represented issuers on SEC, FINRA, and “Blue Sky” regulatory matters in connection with registrations of public offerings of non-traded REITs and real estate partnerships. He also has experience representing broker dealers on various FINRA compliance matters. Mr. Hirsch earned his B.S. degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.
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