Our Attorneys > Frank M. Crance

Frank Crance is a transactional real estate attorney who joined Sherry Meyerhoff Hanson & Crance LLP as a partner in 2003.  Frank has represented a wide variety of publicly traded and privately held institutional real estate clients, including nationally diversified real estate companies, institutional lenders, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and homebuilders.  He has expertise in virtually all aspects of the acquisition, financing, leasing, disposition, development and restructuring of commercial properties, including retail and office properties, multifamily projects, medical office buildings, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities and in partnership and venture formation.

Frank was admitted to the bar in 1995 (California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California).  Upon graduation from law school, he served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Lourdes G. Baird, United States District Court, Central District of California.  Frank formerly practiced in the Newport Beach Office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he was a member of the Real Estate and Banking and Finance Departments.  He has taught Advanced Real Estate Transactions as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University School of Law and is a member of the Orange County and Los Angeles County Bar Associations and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Frank worked as a real estate broker focusing on industrial properties.

Representative Transactions:

  • Outside General Counsel to Nationwide Health Properties, Inc., 2003-2007, and represented the company on real estate matters in its $7.4 billion acquisition by Ventas, Inc., a transaction that created one of the largest publicly traded REITs
  • Representation of publicly traded REIT in connection with the acquisition, leasing and development of healthcare facilities across the nation, including the acquisition of numerous multi-property portfolios comprised of properties in multiple states
  • Continuing representation of J.F. Shea Company and its affiliates in permanent and construction mortgage financing transactions secured by office and retail properties and, single and multifamily projects in several States


  • J.D., Loyola Law School Los Angeles, 1994; Order of the Coif; St. Thomas More Honor Society; Chief Articles Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Review.
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, San Diego