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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 have worked with the Hughes Marino team for over ten years, their knowledge of the San Diego office space market is extraordinary. They know all the players, and because they do so many deals and because of their depth of understanding of the San Diego market, I think Hughes Marino is able to help every tenant get the best deal possible."

— Ned Israelsen

Former Managing Partner, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

"Over the last 20 years and four companies, Hughes Marino has helped me through various expansions and relocations along with other lease matters. They have been great at understanding what I really need and have found the right matches at the right terms and pricing for us. They have also complemented our thinking and been a true advisor related to our real estate needs. They have been able to optimize my time so neither my management team nor I spend very much time or energy thinking about real estate."

— Steve Mitgang

CEO, SmartDrive

"The style of Hughes Marino mirrors the style of the lawyers here at Cooley – they have excellent business judgment and they focus on the business goals of their clients. We have worked with Hughes Marino frequently with our own clients and have always been impressed with their skills and assertiveness. Their market knowledge is encyclopedic."

— Fred Muto

Partner, Cooley LLP

"There are many of us in Southern California who consider Hughes Marino to be the most effective tenant-focused firm in real estate in our market area. Hughes Marino successfully represented HCAP Partners twice during the last 10 years, first identifying excellent quality space for our head office in San Diego, and later assisting us in relocating and expanding our growing business into equally good quality space at a much lower price per square foot than I thought possible. In both cases we leased from the Irvine Company and I couldn’t have been more impressed with Hughes Marino's performance. In both cases they used in-house lawyers for documentation and in-house construction managers for the build out. My experience has been that Hughes Marino excels at locating and negotiating deals, and has been significantly more favorable for us than have been several of their competitors."

— Morgan L. Miller Jr.

Managing Partner, HCAP Partners

"Our company was being forced to move by circumstances beyond our control, and we were unhappy with our existing representation. Enter Hughes Marino, who quickly identified three buildings within a mile or two of our existing space, which was critical to preserving our workforce. They took exactly the right approach, creating an auction environment with landlords competing for our business. We were able to sign a lease in a relatively short time frame and saved a ton of money in the process. What I like about Hughes Marino is that they were with us from womb to tomb, connecting us to a CM team, having their general counsel review our lease, and staying involved long after our lease was signed. I can’t recommend them highly enough."

— Todd Bell

CFO, IXI Technologies

"Having founded several companies over my career, I have always done commercial real estate negotiations myself, or used a traditional broker. This was the first time I had engaged Hughes Marino and tenant representation, and I am simply shocked at the quality of the outcome. Hughes Marino developed a creative negotiating strategy that relieved me of excess space and cost before my lease expiration date, and weaved concessions into the renewal that I would’ve never dreamed of. They fought hard for my company’s benefit, exceeded all of my expectations and we did not have to spend any management time on the endeavor. Hughes Marino has my highest recommendation and is my provider of choice going forward with anything having to do with commercial real estate."

— John Perkins

CEO, Home Junction

"We have worked with Hughes Marino since 2007. Since that time they have assisted with over 10 lease negotiations, several build outs and multiple moves. They take the phrase “full-service” to a whole new level as experts in not only getting the deal done but helping the business remain productive during construction associated with moves and expansions. We look forward to continuing to grow with them."

— Bill Kuncz

Former CFO & VP of Finance and Administration, GreatCall

"They go way beyond finding you a space – it’s more like a relationship with an industry specialist. The level of service and attention to detail is exceptional. It’s been a great relationship."

— Christopher Calhoun

CEO, Cytori

"The folks at Hughes Marino were present, attentive, patient and responsive during what could have been a very daunting process. They earned my trust and confidence because from the start they understood the needs of our organization. As a result, we found the perfect home for Mama’s Kitchen."

— Alberto Cortes

Executive Director, Mama's Kitchen

"Hughes Marino has become preeminent experts on downtown commercial office space. Almost everyone I know uses them – giving them incredible leverage with the landlords. The knowledge and capability of Hughes Marino reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. They are truly amazing."

— James Allen

Managing Partner, Endeman Lincoln Turek & Heater