Skip to content

Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP

1 ranked departments1 ranked lawyersContact information
ranked departments
Ranked Lawyers
ranked offices
ranked departments
Ranked Lawyers
ranked offices

Firm profile for USA 2022



This content is provided by Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP.

Firm Details

Number of partners: 19

Number of other fee-earners: 16

Offices: San Diego and Los Angeles, California


Firm Overview

Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) is an industry-leading, new generation law firm based in California that exclusively serves the commercial real estate industry throughout the United States. CGS3 is "different by design," employing a collaborative, flexible and efficient business model that is able to scale and respond quickly to rapidly changing market trends and the real world needs of its clients. The firm's key practice areas span the commercial real estate life cycle, including: joint ventures and entity formation; acquisition and disposition; financing; construction and development; leasing; tax; land use, environmental, and natural resources; distressed asset workouts; and disputes and conflict avoidance.

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Number of partners: 17

Number of other fee-earners: 13

Lead Partner: Tom Crosbie (email: [email protected]; tel: 858-367-7692)

With most of its attorneys having over 20 years of experience in handling complex commercial real estate transactions, CGS3's transactional team possesses deep understanding and expertise of deals involving all asset types and of all sizes, scopes, and complexities. Services include: acquisitions and dispositions; financing; design, construction, and development; leasing (including office, retail, industrial, biotech/life sciences); and management.

  • Primary representation of one of the nation's leading life science REITs in connection with numerous projects nationwide, including the lease of an air rights parcel over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston, Massachusetts; the purchase and development of ground lease interests across three city blocks for a world-class, waterfront gateway development in downtown San Diego, California; and the acquisition and leaseback of a 26-acre life sciences corporate campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Represented Unilev Management Corp, as buyer, in the $10-million acquisition of two adjacent luxury mixed-use communities in Santa Monica, CA, known as the Waverly and the Seychelle and comprised of five ground-floor retail/restaurant suites, 19,708 square feet of oceanfront retail space, and 158 residential units.
  • Representation of Cisterra Development in the development of Radian (also known as Cisterra 9G), a new 22-story mixed-use tower in downtown San Diego, CA, consisting of retail/office space; above-ground parking; 241 apartments units with luxury amenities including a dog park, fitness center, pool, and outdoor theater; and a new 36,000-square-foot urban Target store – while incorporating the existing exterior of a historic building.

Tax & Entity Formation

Number of partners: 2

Number of other fee-earners: 5

Lead Partner: Phil Jelsma (email: [email protected]; tel: 858-367-7675)

CGS3's entity formation and tax practice works to incorporate the client's long-term objectives in designing tax structures and solutions that are creative, ethical and balanced. Services include business and partnership formations; strategic tax and business law advice; disputes; tax controversies; non-profit corporations; fiduciary duties; workouts and debt discharge; and expert witness services.

  • Representation of Williams Homes in the formation of two joint venture LLCs to acquire and construct single-family homes in Southern California, including preparation of the related private placement memoranda and subscription agreements.
  • Representation of Georgetown Healthcare Partners in the acquisition of a 138-unit apartment building in Woodbridge, Virginia for $28.475 million, including drafting the syndication documents and the operating agreement.


Number of partners: 6

Number of other fee-earners: 3

Lead Partner: Fernando Landa (email: [email protected]; tel: 858-367-7696)

CGS3's Workouts team is one of the most seasoned in California, having resolved billions of dollars of commercial real estate debt and lease restructuring transactions. It provides a one-stop solution for working out distressed commercial real estate assets, guiding borrowers and lenders in developing and implementing innovative workout structures that resolve immediate cash flow needs and ensure long-term flexibility to maximize the client's investment. CGS3 Workout attorneys successfully lead clients in: loan restructurings and sales, leasing and evictions, deed in lieu transactions, foreclosure proceedings, guaranty enforcement actions, receivership and bankruptcy, short sales, receivership sales and REO sales.

  • Representation of Trigild Incorporated in connection with a litigious receivership with a value of $80 million in Santa Barbara, California.
  • Representation of receiver in connection with the litigious rehabilitation of a multimillion-dollar, dilapidated property portfolio in Southern California.
  • Defending several foreclosure actions initiated against commercial borrowers.

Real Estate Disputes & Conflict Resolution

Number of partners: 3

Number of other fee-earners: 4

Lead Partner: Gregory Markow (email: [email protected]; tel: 858-367-7697)

Legal risk management and conflict avoidance are the core of CGS3's dispute and conflict resolution practice, with services including dispute prevention, pre-litigation strategies and litigation defense. CGS3's dispute lawyers successfully balance aggressive representation with business insight and pragmatism to achieve the best result for the client in the most cost-effective way possible, pursuing strategies that respect underlying business interests and promote practical results over scorched earth victories.

  • Ongoing representation of Essex Property Trust in connection with landlord-tenant litigation and dispute resolution needs in California and Washington, including the prosecution of unlawful detainers.
  • Representation of the owner of the Pendry Hotel in downtown San Diego, California in connection with construction disputes.

Practice Areas and Offices

Commercial Real Estate Transactions

  • Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Financing
  • Design, Construction, and Development
  • Leasing (Office, Retail, Industrial, Life Sciences)
  • Management

Tax and Entity Formation

  • Entity Formation and Dissolution
  • Strategic Tax and Business Law Counselling
  • Entity and Tax Disputes
  • Federal, State, and Local Tax Controversies


  • Receivership and Bankruptcy
  • Workouts and Foreclosure Proceedings
  • Short Sales, Receivership Sales, and REO Sales
  • Loan Restructurings and Sales
  • Guaranty Enforcement Actions

Real Estate Disputes & Conflict Resolution

  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Dispute Avoidance and Resolution
  • Business and Real Estate Negotiations
  • Breaches of Contract and Business Torts
  • Easements and Real Property Interests
  • Land Use Decisions by Public Entities
  • Unlawful Detainer

Land Use, Environmental, and Natural Resources

  • Historic Landmark Designation and Preservation
  • Easements/Abandonments
  • Rezoning and Variances
  • Master and General Plan Adoptions and Amendments
  • Condemnation of Property Rights by Public Agencies

Los Angeles

10940 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2200, Los Angeles, California 90024

Tel: 424-230-9276

Email: [email protected]

San Diego (Headquarters)

12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 250, San Diego, California 92130

Tel: 858-367-7676

Email: [email protected]


Ranked Departments

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

California: Southern

Real Estate
Band 4

Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

California: Southern

Real Estate

Thomas B Crosbie
Band 5

Ranked Offices

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

info There are no Ranked Offices in this view.

Ranked Offices

Head Office

Head Office

12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 250

San Diego




View head office profile