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J. Craig  Cartwright

J. Craig Cartwright



  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Lease Law
  • Real Estate Finance

WSG Practice Industries


Arizona, U.S.A.


Craig Cartwright is a Shareholder in Buchalter’s Scottsdale office and Co-Chair of the Firm’s REIT Transactions and Compliance Industry Group. Mr. Cartwright represents lenders, developers, real estate investment trusts, investors, and national corporations in a broad range of real estate transaction matters including sales and acquisitions, secured lending, property development, commercial leasing, bankruptcy workouts and construction-related matters. Mr. Cartwright has significant experience drafting and negotiating purchase and sale documents, easements, leases, and deeds for his clients. In addition, he has experience managing the formation of corporate entities including bankruptcy-remote entities and commercial and corporate law matters.


  • Presenter, “Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions: Process and Approach from LOI to Closing”, Phoenix, AZ, March 14, 2018
  • Presenter, “Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions: Process and Approach from A to Z”, Phoenix, AZ, June 16, 2017
  • Presenter, “Real Property Acquisitions: Advanced Due Diligence Issues”, Phoenix, AZ, November 13, 2015
  • Presenter, “Multi-State Single Tenant Acquisition Strategies”, International Council of Shopping Centers – 2015 US Shopping Center Law Conference, October 30, 2015
  • Presenter and Moderator, “Triple Net Due Diligence”, Institutional Real Estate Inc. – Triple Net Investor Strategies Conference, June 16, 2015


  • Connecting Real Estate in the West, Legal Q&A, Western Real Estate Business Journal, November 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Kansas


  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • University of Kansas
Areas of Practice

Commercial Lease Law | Real Estate | Real Estate Finance

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Counsel to real estate investment trusts and other investors with respect to acquisitions and divestitures of nearly one thousand properties located throughout the United States, which representation includes drafting and negotiating purchase agreements, sale-leaseback agreements and related conveyance documentation, review of title and survey, leases and other due diligence activities, and the creation and negotiation of curative instruments and agreements
  • Counsel to lenders in numerous traditional and non-traditional mortgage and equipment financing transactions, sale-leaseback transactions, bankruptcy workouts and condemnation proceedings; services include document drafting and negotiating, due diligence activities and closing activities in nearly every state in the country; personally closed or assisted in closing hundreds of mortgage and equipment financing and sale-leaseback transactions collectively valued at over US$1 billion
  • Counsel to major national quick-service restaurant chain in the acquisition and development of dozens of properties in multiple states, including negotiating leases and purchase agreements, review of title and survey and other pertinent due diligence information, drafting and refining form documents and creating and negotiating a broad range of instruments and agreements, including easement agreements, license agreements, amendments and declarations/CC&Rs
  • Counsel to real estate developers in numerous states, among them Arizona, Nevada, California and Colorado, in the acquisition, development and divestiture of properties, including drafting and negotiating purchase agreements and related documentation, leases, license agreements and declarations/CC&Rs, and review of title and survey and other due diligence activities and closing activities


Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Moves to Lowest COVID Tier in California, Begins Process of Reopening Non-Essential Offices; Other Bay Area Counties Slower to Follow
Buchalter, November 2020

On October 20, 2020, San Francisco County was upgraded to the “minimal” tier within the California COVID-19 tracking system, meaning it has the fewest restrictions on reopening all businesses as promulgated by the State of California. In order to qualify for the “minimal” tier, a county must have an infection rate of less than one daily new positive COVID case per 100,000 residents and have a positive test rate of less than 2% for two consecutive weeks...

Additional Articles

  • Comments on Proposed 199A Regs Regarding Qualified REIT Dividends Due Soon

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