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We’ve helped some of the nation’s most admired companies grow their business with creative and strategic commercial real estate solutions, and we can put our experience to work for you.

"I can’t recommend Hughes Marino enough. They are the absolute “go-to” real estate firm in San Diego. They helped me find, negotiate and purchase the Mindgruve building – and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve worked with a lot of brokers over the years, but Hughes Marino is on a whole different level. I trust them implicitly, and I think most other San Diego companies do too. Nearly everyone I know works with them; a further testament to their high quality knowledge and service."

— Chad Robley

CEO, Mindgruve

"Hughes Marino did an amazing job assisting Bumble Bee Seafoods in finding our new corporate headquarters. They identified a great, historical property – the Showley Brothers Candy factory in Downtown San Diego – and helped us navigate the path of re-zoning, permitting, design, construction and move-in. Most importantly, they negotiated a competitively priced, long-term lease that ensures we will be here for the long term. We love our new space and our new surroundings downtown. It has also been a great benefit to company morale as our new location puts us in the middle of the exciting resurgence that is being experienced throughout Downtown San Diego. Hughes Marino is a “first class” operation and we would not hesitate to work with them again!"

— Chris Lischewski

President and CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods

"We have a long-term relationship with the Hughes Marino team that goes back more than 20 years and they have handled our Lease Administration since May of 2013. We take comfort in knowing their very capable Lease Administration team is there each and every day to help us stay on top of critical lease related issues. I can confidently say that Hughes Marino has added great value to our Lease Administration processes, created significant savings for us and reduced the risk associated with our lease obligations."

— David Russell

Senior Vice President and Manager, Corporate Real Estate Facilities Department California Bank & Trust

"Working with Hughes Marino these last five years was a fantastic experience. They are responsive, loyal, professional and understand client needs that achieve our goals and objectives. I had the privilege to work with Jason and Star on our most recent lease renegotiation and expansion at 401 West A Street. They did an excellent job of negotiating very favorable results⁠—all while insulating us from a tough negotiating landlord. The fact that they only represent tenants speaks to their success in achieving client satisfaction. Our transaction included a significant multi-floor occupied remodel, and Hughes Marino’s Planning + Design and Project Management teams worked together with Jason and Star to bring our office up to date and emulate our brand and values. We can’t recommend Hughes Marino enough!"

— Steven Cologne

Managing Partner, Higgs Fletcher & Mack, LLP

"Commercial real estate representation is about ethics, domain knowledge and concerns for what is best for the client. The firm of Hughes Marino was founded by some of the most experienced and trustworthy tenant representative commercial real estate brokers in Southern California. They have built a team with unparalleled ethics, energy, attention to detail and domain knowledge. Hughes Marino has represented several of the companies I have founded in the San Diego region, including Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:PSMI). As important as that was for the growth of my ventures through a partnership I established with the principals over 20 years ago, it pales in comparison to what they have contributed to the creation and sustainability of the most important program in the Southern California innovation economy, the EvoNexus technology & life science incubator. The Hughes Marino team represents many of the early stage ventures in the EvoNexus portfolio and do so with the venture’s goals and growth strategy top of mind. EvoNexus is fortunate to have Hughes Marino as a strategic partner."

— Rory Moore

CEO & Director, EvoNexus

"Relocating our San Diego campus was a major undertaking. We had been in our old space for 20+ years, and we have very unique building requirements. The Hughes Marino team was an invaluable partner from start to finish. They helped us to find, to negotiate, to budget and to build. All the while respecting the fact that we had an ongoing business to manage. And they continue to add value in our relationship as trusted partners and friends. Moving a business is an important and frequently challenging process; thanks to the Hughes Marino team we were successful beyond our expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend their team to any company approaching a real estate decision."

— Russ McCallian

Managing Director, Center for Creative Leadership

"As a spin out of a larger company, Agena had less than 12 months to hire an executive management team and build the infrastructure to support a new company with worldwide revenues approaching $50 million. This included IT systems, finance and administrative teams, as well as a new corporate headquarters including R&D and manufacturing. Hughes Marino listened closely and helped guide an efficient and highly effective, accelerated process of selecting and negotiating a new facility in just four months. Hughes Marino’s unique in-house construction management team seamlessly took it from there, delivering an on-time, on-budget tenant buildout from the ground up in just five months. We could not have asked for more, or been more happy with the results."

— Terance Kinninger

CFO, Agena Bioscience, Inc.

"I have worked with Hughes Marino over several decades and have successfully completed more than a few major projects from start up through expansion phases. The Hughes Marino team has always proved to be professional, detailed, dedicated and most importantly, they get the job done! Their continued follow up, post deal, has always been appreciated as well. I highly recommend them."

— Peter Ellman

CEO, Certis Oncology Solutions

"We believe if you represent both plaintiffs and defendants there’s an automatic conflict, whether it be real or perceived. So it only made sense to choose Hughes Marino, a company that represents tenants only, to handle our lease negotiations in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and New York. With over 150 lawyers and 275 support staff, we have very specific space and technology requirements and Hughes Marino has the expertise to manage our leasehold improvements. We’ve certainly benefited from their tenant-only focus and full range of services. They are tireless in their efforts."

— John J. Stoia, Jr.

Former Managing Partner, Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins (now Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd)

"Our experience with Hughes Marino has been nothing short of amazing. In our entire three years of working together, there was never any doubt that they were 110% behind us through every step of the process. They are creative, strong negotiators and provide end-to-end service from discovery to legal to construction. I would happily recommend Hughes Marino to anyone who has commercial real estate needs."

— Scot Chisholm

CEO & Co-Founder, Classy