Marjorie J. Burchett

Partner | San Diego

Marjorie is a partner in the real estate team.

She has extensive experience in residential, commercial, mixed-use and master-planned real estate developments. Her transactional focus includes real-estate secured finance construction and permanent loan and purchase and sale transactions. She advises developers, lenders, receivers and individuals on issues related to all types of planned communities (including urban high-rise and mixed-use developments) throughout the state of California, including subdivision processing with the California Bureau of Real Estate and the sale of projects following foreclosure.

She has acted as national counsel to institutional investors, providing counsel on all aspects of the acquisition, rehabilitation and leasing of their holdings. She has a special interest in title insurance matters, having co-authored a CEB treatise on this subject. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of real estate topics.

Secretary Ada Pineda

Track record





Advised on a 38 unit loft/live-work adaptive re-use condominium development in Los Angeles.

Advised on a 95-unit high-rise mixed-use condominium project in San Diego.

Advised John Laing Homes Receivership on the disposition of homebuilder portfolio throughout California.

State of California, 1985

Quoted, ‘Local Experts Discuss What’s Driving Downtown San Diego’s Innovation Economy,’ Bisnow - January 2017

‘Withers Bergman Partner motivated by Family, Colleagues,’ The Daily Transcript - December 2016

‘Working With High-Net-Worth Investors’, - September 2016

California Building Industry Association (CBIA)

Legal Action and CBIA BRE Committees

Downtown San Diego Partnership, Board of Directors and Executive Committee

‘Investing in US real estate’ Zurich, October 2018

‘Investing in US real estate’ Geneva, October 2018

‘Your Life, Your Money,’ Interview on ESPN 1700 AM BisTalk radio - May 2017. Click here to listen.

Me in a minute

I feel so lucky to have been involved in creating so many great places to live and work

I was first exposed to real estate development as I grew up in a family where both my grandmother and my father were involved in various aspects of real estate sales and development. I loved the idea that one could help shape our communities into more desirable places. After working for a government land use agency following college, I opted to become a lawyer because I found the legal aspects challenging and interesting.

Having recently joined Withers, I am so pleased to continue building strong personal relationships with my long time clients, and new clients I have begun working with at the firm. What I enjoy the most about what I do is that I have the chance to work with all aspects of real estate law, which often involves working with a client’s vision, and a talented team that brings that vision into reality. The process can be challenging, but it is so satisfying to provide solution-oriented guidance grounded in the large variety of matters I have handled in my career.

I feel so lucky to have been involved in creating so many great places to live and work. Collaborating with so many creative people and visionaries, it is not uncommon at all to end up giving legal shape to an idea initiated by our client, but also to provide alternatives that help them meet their goals when circumstances change.

Now that I am working more with individual clients and their families at Withers, I have the opportunity to apply my experience for the benefit of clients who may be working with an unusual real estate ownership, development or sale issue for the first time. The atmosphere of our firm of being so client focused also works well with institutional clients, all of whom are unique individuals in their own right that want to implement their goals in a way they feel best suits the situation we are facing. Developing a keen awareness of the needs of each client is highly valued at our firm, and is consistent with my own personal style.

I very much enjoy volunteering my time in community and industry groups, which gives me the opportunity to both give back and meet even more great people who enjoy the same activities that I do.



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San Diego

101 West Broadway,

Suite 1000,

CA 92101

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