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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Real Estate

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What the team is known for

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offers a premier service with expertise covering all aspects of real estate, including joint ventures, financing and land use. Especially renowned for its representation of leading real estate lenders, in addition to private equity firms and investors, often in transactions employing complex debt and equity financing structures.


"For a large, specialist firm they are uniquely able to provide cost-effective services."

"They are in tune with their clients. They have been helpful in guiding us through the pandemic, and they understand market conventions and the commercial aspects of transactions."

Work highlights

Gibson Dunn advised certain subsidiaries of KKR on the $1.08 billion acquisition and financing of The Exchange, a 750,000 square foot property in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. This was the city’s second largest transaction for a single property ever.

Notable practitioners

Amy Forbes is a highly sought-after land use specialist who handles matters arising from real estate transactions, including entitlement issues, for clients from a diverse range of sectors, including media and financial services.
"A very good leader and a great lawyer."

Benjamin Saltsman is noted for his work advising clients on land use entitlements for major real estate developments, including large retail centers and mixed-use developments.
"He's great at permitting work and knows the business community well."

Danielle Katzir acts for clients including private equity funds, investors and developers on a range of commercial real estate matters. She offers expertise advising on matters including acquisitions, developments, joint ventures and financing transactions.
"She is very thorough and intelligent and can think like a businessperson."

Dennis Arnold is a seasoned practitioner with substantial expertise on real estate finance matters. He offers particularly deep experience in connection with distressed assets and debt restructuring agreements.
"Dennis is an excellent practitioner and an ambassador for the firm's practice."

Douglas Champion is increasingly recognized for his sophisticated representation of a diverse client base in a broad range of land use matters.
"A pragmatic deal maker who doesn't obsess over minor issues."

Drew Flowers has vast experience handling joint ventures, complex financing transactions and dispositions.
"A practical lawyer who is great if you need someone to simplify a complicated deal and get it done without any trouble."

Erin Rothfuss is cochair of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's real estate department. She is well regarded for her varied practice which encompasses advising clients in connection with matters including substantial acquisitions and financing transactions.
"She is responsive and is willing to get things done in the background but knows when to come and ask questions." "Her approach is very business-oriented."

Farshad Morè has a broad and varied real estate practice that encompasses advising clients such as private equity funds, investors and lenders on large-scale acquisitions, dispositions and financing transactions.
"An excellent attorney with very strong commercial vision."

Jesse Shapiro represents a range of investors, owners and operators in real estate matters including acquisitions, loan restructuring and workouts.
"An excellent attorney."

Jesse Sharf cochairs the firm's real estate group and is sought out by an array of leading industry clients for his deep expertise in real estate transactions.
"He offers excellent business advice in addition to legal counsel." "He is an institution."

Kahlil Yearwood has substantial experience advising a range of lenders on financing transactions such as mortgage, mezzanine and construction loans.
"Super user-friendly and I believe he is the most commercial lawyer in the market."

Mark Osher has a growing reputation within the field of real estate finance. He is capable of representing a range of clients in acquisition and financing matters associated with development projects.
"Mark has great commercial awareness and does a wide range of work including big, complicated deals."

Mary Murphy is well respected for her expert handling of land use and development mandates. She advises real estate investors and developers on a range of matters such as the entitlement of large-scale projects, including historic rehabilitation projects.
"A huge help on various land use related issues on a very large project."

Neil Sekhri is sought out by clients in connection with a range of land use and entitlement matters, including public-private partnerships and substantial redevelopment projects. His clients include real estate developers, investors and public agencies.

Stuart Graiwer is well regarded for his representation of a number of private and institutional investors in connection with the acquisition, sale, development and financing of a variety of asset classes.
"Great lawyer with a real business acumen." "Good technical skills and business judgment."

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Real Estate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


333 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles



CA 90071-3197

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Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Amy R Forbes
Band 1
Benjamin Saltsman
Associates to watch
Douglas Champion
Up and Coming
Mary Murphy
Band 1
Neil H. Sekhri
Band 3
California: Northern

Real Estate

Erin Rothfuss
Band 2

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