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Ham Southworth

Executive Vice President

License: Lic. 01378036

Ham Southworth Executive Vice President
Lic. 01378036
Palo Alto 400 Hamilton Avenue
4th Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Professional Experience

With more than 20 years of experience representing occupiers of commercial real estate, Ham provides strategic real estate advice and real estate acquisition and disposition services to technology companies and law firms around the world.

After graduating from Yale and the University of Virginia School of Law, Ham worked as a corporate and real estate attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP. He acted as outside real estate counsel for companies like Cisco Systems, Veritas Software and Solectron, helping his clients lease, purchase, finance, develop, restructure and dispose of millions of square feet of office and industrial space worldwide. Ham’s practice group was widely regarded as the world leader in corporate off-balance sheet financing.

As outside counsel to Exodus Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXDS), the world’s leading data center company, Ham negotiated the acquisition of millions of square feet of industrial land and buildings for data center use. In 2000, Exodus recruited Ham to manage its global real estate activities. As Exodus’s VP Business Development/Real Estate, Ham was one of the world’s leading data center/real estate experts, acquiring properties in the United States, Asia and Europe and managing an 11.6 million square foot, 116 location global real estate portfolio. In this role, he closed over $160 million in CMBS and synthetic lease financings, integrated more than 3.6 million square feet of space acquired through merger activity and, ultimately, managed the reorganization of Exodus’ real estate portfolio including the sale of over $120 million of surplus real and personal property and 4.4 million square feet of leased and owned property.

Married to Mary Kathryn Kelley and father to Hamilton (an engineer at SpaceX), William (a cadet at West Point) and Luisa (a student at Santa Clara University), Ham enjoys (or used to enjoy) travel, running, reading, snow skiing, road biking, the occasional triathlon and podcasts (Hardcore History or Revisionist History, anyone?).


Philanthropic Activities

  • Trustee, Nativity Prep Academy (2017 – Present): Chair, Board of Trustees (2019 – Present); Chair/Member of Board Governance Committee (2017 – Present) and Member of Audit Committee (2018 – Present)
  • Trustee, Francis Parker School (2009 – 2017): Chair, Audit Committee (2011 – 2017); Member, Audit Committee (2009 – 2011), Compensation Committee (2014 – 2017) and Diversity Committee (2015 - 2016)
  • Treasurer, Rainbow of the Foothills Pony Club (2009 – 2018)


  • Yale University, Bachelor of Arts, 1988 (Senior Thesis: Strangling South Africa’s Cities: Resistance to Group Areas in Durban during the 1950s later published in International Journal of African Historical Studies, Volume 24, No. 1 (1991))
  • University of Virginia School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1993

Clients Represented


  • Adaptive Insights
  • Align Technology
  • Avago Technologies
  • Aviat Networks
  • Cerego
  • Delphix
  • Echelon Inc.
  • EnergySolutions
  • Evoque Data Center Solutions
  • Glu Mobile Inc.
  • Intertrust Technologies
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • LendUp
  • LSI Corporation
  • Luminar Inc.
  • Matternet
  • OpenText Inc.
  • Punchh
  • Return Path
  • Synopsys Inc.
  • Target, Inc.
  • Tata Communications
  • Tyco Electronics Corp.
  • Ubiquiti Inc.
  • Yamaichi Electronics

Law, Finance and Professional Services

  • Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Compensia Inc.
  • Dentons LLP
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • Finnegan, Henderson
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • HGA
  • Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel
  • JAMS/Endispute
  • Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Kaye Scholer LLP
  • KKR & Co. L.P.
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Lozano Smith
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Mintz, Levin
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Orrick
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • Pillsbury Winthrop LLP
  • Quinn Emmanuel
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Willkie Farr
  • Womble Bond Dickinson
Ham Southworth Executive Vice President
Lic. 01378036
Palo Alto 400 Hamilton Avenue
4th Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94301