Misty M. Sanford

Profile

Misty M. Sanford is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Sanford practices real estate and land use law and represents institutional investors, developers, multi-national corporations, nonprofits, public entities and individual entrepreneurs in various transactions. Recent examples of her work include:

  • Leading the Munger Tolles real estate team in securing $600 million in CMBS financing and $375 million in private equity placement for Americold Realty Trust. The transaction involved 182 properties in six countries consisting of one billion cubic feet of storage space. 
  • In one of the largest instances of a CMBS conduit loan liquidation, Ms. Sanford completed a major acquisition of the Pacific Arts Plaza in Costa Mesa. 
  • Representing the seller in the more than $200 million sale of Lantana Media Entertainment’s 12-acre campus in Santa Monica.

Pro Bono

Ms. Sanford has an active pro bono real estate and land use transactional practice assisting nonprofits in acquiring, leasing, developing and preserving land. Her clients include several park development, community development and nonprofit affordable housing organizations such as the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, T.R.U.S.T. South LA, From Lot to Spot, Inc. and Downtown Women’s Center. Recently, she represented Charles Drew University of Science and Medicine in its bond financing workout and the restructuring of its board of directors. She also represents philanthropic and service organizations such as Liberty Hill Foundation and Homeboy Industries in lease negotiations. 

Community Service

Ms. Sanford is a founder and treasurer of For People of Color, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students of color to attend law school and become attorneys. She is a founder and vice chair of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that converts blighted parcels of land into neighborhood parks, gardens and community centers. Ms. Sanford serves on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association and served as president of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission for three years. 

In addition, Ms. Sanford co-chairs the Munger Tolles Law Fellows Program, which offers full-time positions at the firm’s Los Angeles office to students of diverse backgrounds who have recently graduated from college and plan to attend law school.

Background

Ms. Sanford graduated from UCLA School of Law, where she completed the program in public interest law and policy, was chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation and a Hagman Land Use and Planning Scholar. She received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Whittier College, where she now sits on the Poet Council that advises the president of the college. Ms. Sanford joined Munger Tolles in 2005 after completing a term as a judicial extern for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Before attending law school, Ms. Sanford worked for three years on urban environmental justice policy matters at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Awards

In 2011, Ms. Sanford received the Los Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section’s Outstanding Young Lawyer award. She was also named a Rising Star by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine.

Misty M. Sanford is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Sanford practices real estate and land use law and represents institutional investors, developers, multi-national corporations, nonprofits, public entities and individual entrepreneurs in various transactions. Recent examples of her work include:

  • Leading the Munger Tolles real estate team in securing $600 million in CMBS financing and $375 million in private equity placement for Americold Realty Trust. The transaction involved 182 properties in six countries consisting of one billion cubic feet of storage space. 
  • In one of the largest instances of a CMBS conduit loan liquidation, Ms. Sanford completed a major acquisition of the Pacific Arts Plaza in Costa Mesa. 
  • Representing the seller in the more than $200 million sale of Lantana Media Entertainment’s 12-acre campus in Santa Monica.

Pro Bono

Ms. Sanford has an active pro bono real estate and land use transactional practice assisting nonprofits in acquiring, leasing, developing and preserving land. Her clients include several park development, community development and nonprofit affordable housing organizations such as the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, T.R.U.S.T. South LA, From Lot to Spot, Inc. and Downtown Women’s Center. Recently, she represented Charles Drew University of Science and Medicine in its bond financing workout and the restructuring of its board of directors. She also represents philanthropic and service organizations such as Liberty Hill Foundation and Homeboy Industries in lease negotiations. 

Community Service

Ms. Sanford is a founder and treasurer of For People of Color, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students of color to attend law school and become attorneys. She is a founder and vice chair of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that converts blighted parcels of land into neighborhood parks, gardens and community centers. Ms. Sanford serves on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association and served as president of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission for three years. 

In addition, Ms. Sanford co-chairs the Munger Tolles Law Fellows Program, which offers full-time positions at the firm’s Los Angeles office to students of diverse backgrounds who have recently graduated from college and plan to attend law school.

Background

Ms. Sanford graduated from UCLA School of Law, where she completed the program in public interest law and policy, was chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation and a Hagman Land Use and Planning Scholar. She received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Whittier College, where she now sits on the Poet Council that advises the president of the college. Ms. Sanford joined Munger Tolles in 2005 after completing a term as a judicial extern for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Before attending law school, Ms. Sanford worked for three years on urban environmental justice policy matters at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Awards

In 2011, Ms. Sanford received the Los Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section’s Outstanding Young Lawyer award. She was also named a Rising Star by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine.