James Gavin



Managing Director

Jim Gavin is a managing director in the San Francisco office and is part of the Real Estate Advisory Group. Jim leads real estate services on the West Coast, which specializes in consulting and valuation assignments.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.

Jim is primarily focused on real estate valuation and consulting for institutional owners/operators of real estate in the Bay Area. He has worked throughout the United States, along with completing international valuation and lease review projects in Europe, Asia and South America. He primarily works with owners of core property types on the investment side and special use facilities on the corporate side.

In addition to core property-like office, industrial and retail, Jim’s engagement highlights include special purpose valuations in technology (data centers, clean room fabrication), financial institutions (bank branches), government oriented (courthouses, military bases) and development land (masterplanned communities).

Jim has been an appraiser and consultant for over 30 years. His most recent work experience prior to Kroll was as a managing director of the Real Estate Valuation and Consulting Practice at Standard & Poor’s (S&P). Before he worked at S&P, Jim was the West Coast principal-in-charge of real estate valuation and consulting practice for Arthur Andersen LLP.

Jim received his B.B.A., with an emphasis in real estate and urban economics, from the University of Wisconsin and has taken advanced level courses in statistics and accounting in the Masters Business Program at Santa Clara University. He is also a certified general real estate appraiser in California and a state certified appraiser in Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon and Nevada. Jim is a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI), Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). He is a past Chairman of the Northern California Experience Committee for the Appraisal Institute and current member of the CRE financial committee. Jim is currently a member of the Tangible Property Board for the International Valuation Standards Committee (IVSC).

Jim has also provided expert witness testimony and been deposed on a variety of real estate valuation matters including leasehold interests, hospitality property, residential master plan developments and industrial property.

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