Leader of Palo Alto Office Real Estate Markets

Scott T. Buser

Distressed Real Estate, Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation

"Based on my experience, Scott has been best-in-class. He offers excellent guidance and adds value to the process."
Chambers USA 2022


Scott Buser is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Real Estate Markets practice. He has substantial experience in counseling clients on the acquisition, financing and development of property for office, retail, multi-family, single-family, self-storage and industrial purposes, in representing equity investors in joint venture arrangements and in assisting foreign investors with in-bound US real estate investments. Scott's experience also includes counseling clients on the acquisition of distressed debt, including portfolio recapitalization and the navigation of CMBS loan consent processes with special servicers and rating agencies. He represents borrowers in complex real estate finance transactions as well as lenders and preferred equity providers in the making of mezzanine loans and similar investments for the development of multi-family residential and office properties.

Scott joined Mayer Brown's Chicago office in 2007 and relocated in 2009 to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he practices out of its Northern California offices.


Joint Venture Investments

  • Acquisition of Seattle, Washington warehouse, formation of joint venture with Panattoni Development Company and borrower representation in construction/redevelopment loan for affiliate of Prudential Real Estate Investors.
  • Land acquisition, formation of joint ventures and construction financing of several ground-up multi-family rental assets in the Pacific Northwest for affiliates of The Carlyle Group.
  • Formation of joint ventures for Principal Green Property Fund I, LP affiliates with LBA Realty, LLC, for the purpose of acquiring 550 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, California, PCCP, LLP, for the purpose of acquiring 705 5th Street South (Union Station), Seattle, Washington and Touchstone, Stewart and Boren for the purpose of acquiring a development parcel and financing the construction of an office tower in downtown Seattle, Washington.


  • Emory University School of Law, JD
    Dean's List
  • University of Michigan, BBA
    Class Honors


  • Illinois
  • California


  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Bay Area Mortgage Association