Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP announced on May 14, 2018 that George C. Fatheree, III has joined the real estate group as a partner. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Mr. Fatheree will focus his practice on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, representing private equity real estate funds, developers, lenders, operators 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 comes to the firm from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he worked for the past 10 years.
Mr. Fatheree joins Munger, Tolles & Olson’s renowned real estate practice, which has advised on projects that have transformed the cityscapes of Los Angeles and other major metropolitan areas. The group has represented Tishman Speyer, Caruso Affiliated, CCA Acquisition Company, Hines Interests, Oaktree Capital Management, CBRE Global Investors and The Yucaipa Companies, among many others, in a range of real estate and development transactions.
“George is a phenomenal real estate attorney and a fantastic addition to our firm as we grow our real estate practice,” Munger, Tolles & Olson real estate partner Misty M. Sanford said. “His vast experience in large and complex real estate transactions and commitment to client service will help us elevate our practice area and create additional opportunities for our firm.”
“George embodies so many of our core values – extraordinary legal acumen delivered in a client-centric way, a collegial spirit and deep dedication to the greater public good,” Munger, Tolles & Olson Co-Managing Partner Brad D. Brian said. “We are thrilled to welcome him to our firm and know he will serve clients, colleagues and the community well.”
Ranked in the California Real Estate section of Chambers USA, Mr. Fatheree has developed a reputation as a strategic thinker and creative problem solver who brings a collaborative style to his strong client advocacy. 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 in 2015. Mr. Fatheree serves on the board of directors of the Langston Bar Association, where he chairs the Corporate Firm Network (formerly known as the African American Attorneys in Downtown Firms Committee), and he is a member of the Real Estate Executive Council, the leading trade association for diverse real estate executives.
“I have long admired Munger, Tolles & Olson for its reputation and track record – both as a legal powerhouse comprised of brilliant lawyers, and equally for its unwavering commitment to civic engagement and community involvement,” Mr. Fatheree said. “I could not be more fired up to join the firm’s respected real estate group and work with a team of such dynamic and accomplished lawyers.”
Before entering private practice, Mr. Fatheree clerked for Senior Circuit Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also served as the chief operating officer of the California Charter Schools Association and worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Mr. Fatheree received a J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School. He graduated cum laude with a A.B. in government and religion from Harvard University.