Real Estate

Resolving complex matters before, during and after the deal

We guide sophisticated investors, developers and property owners through challenging real estate matters that include transactions, dispute resolution, financing and regulatory compliance. Our multidisciplinary attorneys draw on decades of experience negotiating and litigating matters, 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

  • 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


  • KB Home
  • Multigreen Properties

Arenas and
Sports Teams

  • 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 tort matters.

Robyn K. Bacon Wesley T.L. Burrell Patrick J. Cafferty, Jr. 
Bethany W. Kristovich  Jeffrey A. Heintz  Craig Jennings Lavoie
Richard St. John James C. Rutten 


Our representations include:

  • West Pueblo Partners in the first victory in a California court to establish that a commercial tenant had to show that its ability to pay rent was delayed by COVID-19 for a force majeure clause to apply.
  • Anthony Bruce and the heirs of Willa and Charles Bruce in recovering property that the family lost nearly 100 years ago through a racially discriminatory condemnation action by the City of Manhattan Beach. MTO represented the Bruce family through the passage of California Senate Bill 796, which paved the way for Los Angeles County to return the property, and defeated a legal challenge to the transfer.
  • 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.
  • The Estate of Etsuko Toguri in persuading an arbitrator to award over $30 million, including punitive damages, to the estate of a businesswoman who was defrauded by her partners after developing Alzheimer’s. The award was named a Top Verdict of the Week by the Daily Journal.
  • 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.
  • Simon Property Group in pre-litigation settlement negotiations with Greenlaw Partners regarding its proposed development of 800 luxury apartments and a six-story hotel near The Outlets at Orange project, including restructuring the existing reciprocal easement and CC&R documentation that governs the use and development of the area.
  • CommonWealth Partners in connection with acquisition, leasing and financing matters for a portfolio of office projects.
  • GI Partners in connection with acquisition, leasing and financing matters for a portfolio of office and R&D projects.


Jeffrey A. Heintz
Robyn K. Bacon
Craig Jennings Lavoie


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