George Fatheree is a real estate partner representing private equity real estate funds, developers, lenders, REITs and high net-worth individuals involved in large or complex real estate transactions, including joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, financings, corporate real estate M&A, fund formation, leasing and energy transactions.
Mr. Fatheree has been included in the Real Estate category of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in California. He was named an Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Los Angeles County Bar Association and one of Real Estate Forum’s Top 50 Real Estate Professionals Under 40.
Mr. Fatheree has dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono work, including securing reparations for survivors of the Holocaust; authoring a successful amicus curiae brief to California’s Supreme Court on behalf of public school students with diabetes; representing the Debbie Allen Dance Academy; representing charter schools in acquiring, leasing and financing school facilities; advising school districts on education reform issues; and helping students with special needs access educational services. Mr. Fatheree co-founded The Associates Committee, a national nonprofit foundation that awards grants to public interest organizations and was recognized by the Financial Times for Innovation in Social Responsibility.
Mr. Fatheree was previously an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and also clerked for the Honorable Judge Ferdinand Fernandez on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Fatheree worked in public education reform as the chief operating officer of the California Charter Schools Association and founded the Charter Schools Legal Defense Fund. He also previously worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles and Booz·Allen & Hamilton in New York, Mexico City and São Paulo, Brazil. He co-founded govWorks, an Internet company, and was named one of Silicon Alley’s Top 25 Minority Entrepreneurs.
Mr. Fatheree serves on the board of the John M. Langston Bar Association, the membership association for Black attorneys in Los Angeles County, and he chairs Langston’s business law section – the Corporate Firm Network (formerly African American Attorneys of Downtown Firms). He is a member of the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC), the leading professional association for diverse real estate executives.
Mr. Fatheree is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he teaches education law and real estate law, and is also a founding member of Loyola Law School’s Black Alumni Chapter.
Mr. Fatheree is a passionate supporter of the arts. He co-founded C.O.A.L. (community of art lovers), a Los Angeles-based group supporting diverse artists and art institutions.
Mr. Fatheree graduated cum laude from Harvard University where he studied government and religion. He received his law degree from Loyola Law School and is a Fritz B. Burns Scholar and member of Alpha Sigma Nu.
- “Workouts Involving UPREIT and DownREIT Properties: A Guide for REIT Executives,” Real Estate Finance Journal, Summer 2011