Derek Graham

Executive Managing Director


Transaction Volume

  • $1 billion


  • Office

Professional Expertise

Derek S. Graham leads Savills Studley’s Investment Property Group as team leader.  Derek has a strong track record in investment sales.  During his 18-year tenure in the real estate industry, he has closed over $1 billion in transactions. Since 1996, Derek has established himself as one of the nation’s best mid-market investment brokers  for transactions in value of $5 million to $50 million, completing numerous sales of office, industrial and triple net retail investment properties locally and nationally.  Historically, he has specialized in sale-leasebacks and 1031 exchanges on both a regional and national basis.

Derek has also extended his investment sales expertise to his corporate tenant clients via sale-leaseback transactions.  Most notably, in 2002 Derek represented Qualcomm Inc. in their 144,000-square-foot acquisition in Campus Point, San Diego.  He also represented Titan Corporation’s 112,000 square foot sale-leaseback in Simi Valley.  In 2003/2004, Derek earned exclusive listings from PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. on a 282,000-square-foot, portfolio sale-leaseback of 13 properties.  He also represented HEI, Inc. in Boulder, CO on its 150,000-square-foot facility, and finally NCF on its 132,000-square-foot sale leaseback in Durham, NC.

To complement his investment, user, and sale-leaseback practice, Derek has developed a strong reputation in 1031 tax deferred exchanges by working with clients on the sale of their properties, and exclusive representation through the 1031 tax deferred exchange process, which includes evaluating 1031 property fee purchases, tenant-in-common (TIC’s) opportunities, and syndications. Prior to joining the firm, Derek was a managing director at Insignia/ESG (2 years) and first vice president at CB Richard Ellis for (16 years).


Derek received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University where he was a three-time, first team All-Ivy wide receiver and a free agent wide receiver with the Dan Fout led San Diego Chargers.

Derek Graham