Real Estate

Resolving complex matters before, during and after the deal

We guide sophisticated investors, developers and property owners through challenging real estate matters, including transactions, dispute resolution, financing and regulatory compliance. Our multidisciplinary attorneys draw on decades of negotiation and litigation experience, at all levels of state and federal courts, to anticipate and address our clients’ most difficult issues and position their projects for success.


Our comprehensive support for real estate and related matters includes:

Transactional Advice

  • Complex Acquisitions
  • Lease Transactions
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Financing and Tax Structuring

  • Mortgage Asset Securitization
  • Investment Funds
  • Joint Ventures

Dispute Resolution

  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Construction Disputes
  • Financial Matters


  • Development Matters
  • Transportation Projects
  • Sports Arenas

Fraud and Breach of Duty

  • Claims for Fraud
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Breach of Contract
  • Unfair Business Practices

Environmental Issues

  • Compliance
  • Litigation


We support a wide range of real estate market participants, including:

Financing and Acquisitions

  • Oaktree Capital Management
  • Resmark Equity Partners
  • Canyon Partners
  • MGM Resorts International

Development and Management

  • CCA Acquisition Company
  • CommonWealth Partners
  • GI RE Acquisitions
  • Caruso Affiliated Holdings

Construction Firms

  • KB Home
  • Multigreen Properties

Sports Teams and Arenas

  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission

Related Practices


Capable of more than simply closing deals, our real estate attorneys have advised clients on matters that span the breadth of pre- and post-deal litigation, including corporate, financial, bankruptcy, employment and mass torts.

Robyn K. Bacon

Patrick J. Cafferty, Jr. 

David B. Goldman 

Jeffrey A. Heintz 

Bethany W. Kristovich 

James C. Rutten 

Matthew S. Schonholz 

Richard St. John



Our representations include:

  • Bruce, Willa and Charles, who lost their Manhattan Beach business and property through a racially discriminatory condemnation action nearly 100 years ago. MTO represented the Bruce family, who successfully intervened in defending against a taxpayer action that sought to prevent Los Angeles County from returning the condemned beachfront property to the family.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers in resolving numerous legal obstacles to the development of their new arena by negotiating for Clippers owner Steve Ballmer to purchase a competing venue, The Forum, from the Madison Square Garden Company.
  • The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the joint development of a Metro site in Universal City, California, that includes office buildings, studio facilities and a parking garage.
  • Hillspire, LLC in connection with a sale/leaseback transaction for the development of an office building in Beverly Hills, California.
  • KB Home in achieving a pre-trial arbitration settlement to a $100 million construction defect claim concerning a large condominium development in Redwood City, California.
  • MGM Resorts International in obtaining dismissal of shareholder derivative litigation in state and federal courts and settling the remaining federal securities class action relating to a drop in its stock price, allegedly due to misrepresentations regarding the construction and financing of the CityCenter development in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Legend Pictures in the negotiation of its headquarters lease in Burbank, California.
  • Oaktree Capital Management and Hines Interests, separately and in joint ventures, on numerous acquisitions, sales and financings.


Jeffrey A. Heintz

Robyn K. Bacon


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