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Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP

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Number of partners: 16
Number of lawyers: 24
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
Founded in 2013, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) is an elite, new generation law firm based in California that exclusively serves the commercial real estate industry throughout the United States. CGS3 is built on a collaborative, flexible, and egalitarian business model that quickly responds to emerging market trends and its clients’ changing needs and demands. Drawing on experience from a variety of industry sectors, the CGS3 team is well equipped to handle a variety of real estate transactions across all asset types and of all sizes, scopes, and complexities. The firm’s key practice areas span the length of the commercial real estate life cycle and include: joint ventures and entity formation; acquisition and disposition; financing; construction and development; leasing; tax counseling; land use, environmental, and natural resources; distressed assets workouts; and real estate litigation and risk avoidance.

Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial Real Estate Transactions:
•Acquisitions & Dispositions
•Design, Construction, & Development
•Leasing (Office, Retail, Industrial, Medical, Life Sciences)
•Management Land Use, Environmental, & Natural Resources:
•Historic Landmark Designation & Preservation
•Rezoning & Variances
•Master and General Plan Adoptions & Amendments
•Condemnation of Property Rights by Public Agencies
•Zoning & Building Code Enforcement Actions
•Environmental Enforcement Actions
•State and National Policy

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

Distressed Assets:
•Receivership & Bankruptcy
•Workouts & Foreclosure Proceedings
•Short Sales, Receivership Sales, & REO Sales
•Loan Restructurings & Sales
•Guaranty Enforcement Actions

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

Commercial Real Estate Transactions:
■ Representation of SENTRE, Inc. in the $25.5m acquisition of a luxury multifamily project in Portland, Oregon
■ Representation of Doheny Eye Institute in connection with a two-phase, $50m acquisition of a seven-acre property in Pasadena, California
■ Representation of Hearthstone, Inc. in connection with a land banking transaction for property in Orange County, California
■ Representation of RAF Pacifica Group in connection with the $24m acquisition of a 39,000-square-foot retail component of a mixed-use project in Encinitas, California
Contact: Sean Southard, Partner
Tel: 858 367 7695
Email: [email protected]

Land Use, Environmental, Natural Resources:
■ Representation of a major bank in connection with obtaining ‘grandfathering’ of prior storm water system in subdivision, thereby saving the bank more than a million dollars in costs that would have been incurred to comply with current storm water requirements
■ Representation of entity in connections with obtaining an ‘after the fact’ county grading permit, saving the client hundreds of thousands of dollars in mitigation costs that state and federal wildlife agencies sought to impose on a punitive basis
Contact: Evelyn Heidelberg, Partner
Tel: 858-779-1718
Email: [email protected]

Tax & Entity Formation:
■ 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 PPM and subscription agreements
■ Worked with Georgetown Healthcare Partners on the creation of a new series of LLCs and project specific LLCs to acquire and manage medical office buildings in Leesburg and Richmond Virginia and Ellicott City, Maryland
■ Representation of the seller of a large multi-family apartment building in Fullerton, California in creating tenancy-in-common ownership to assist in the members individual tax strategies
Contact: Phillip Jelsma, Partner
Tel: 858 367 7675
Email: [email protected]

Distressed Assets/Real Estate Disputes & Litigation:
■ Ongoing representation of Essex Property Trust in connection with landlord-tenant litigation and dispute resolution needs in California and Washington state, including the prosecution of unlawful detainers
■ Represented receiver in connection with the litigious rehabilitation of a multimillion-dollar, dilapidated property portfolio in Southern California
■ Representation of Trigild Incorporated in the receiver sale of a $35.5m medical office property in Encino, California through the judicial process.
■ Ongoing representation of Trigild Incorporated in over two dozen distressed properties through the receivership process, with an estimated aggregate value of $3m
■ Representation of the owner of the Pendry Hotel in downtown San Diego, California in connection with construction disputes.
Contact: Gregory Markow, Partner
Tel: 858 367 7697
Email: [email protected]