People: Richard Mendelson, Partner

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Richard Mendelson

Partner

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9619
Fax: (310) 551-8410
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Mr. Mendelson is Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles Office.  A member of the Real Estate Practice Group, he has particular knowledge in the areas of acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing transactions, as well as in workouts and restructurings.  Mr. Mendelson has extensive experience in representing both domestic and international insurance companies and banks, public pension funds (and their advisors), and significant family-owned real estate companies in all matters relating to commercial property.

The respected English publisher Chambers & Partners lists Mr. Mendelson in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, commenting on his “expert assistance” and describing him as “a precise and skilled technician with a sterling track record.”  In both 2010 and 2011, readers of the website Above the Law voted him one of the top partners to work for in California.

Mr. Mendelson is also listed in Legal 500 and in The Best Lawyers in America for real estate law.  He has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer, as the result of a research project conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Los Angeles magazines.

Mr. Mendelson is Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles Office.  A member of the Real Estate Practice Group, he has particular knowledge in the areas of acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing transactions, as well as in workouts and restructurings.  Mr. Mendelson has extensive experience in representing both domestic and international insurance companies and banks, public pension funds (and their advisors), and significant family-owned real estate companies in all matters relating to commercial property.

The respected English publisher Chambers & Partners lists Mr. Mendelson in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, commenting on his “expert assistance” and describing him as “a precise and skilled technician with a sterling track record.”  In both 2010 and 2011, readers of the website Above the Law voted him one of the top partners to work for in California.

Mr. Mendelson is also listed in Legal 500 and in The Best Lawyers in America for real estate law.  He has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer, as the result of a research project conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Los Angeles magazines.

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1978)
    cum laude
    Associate Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • A.B., Rutgers University (1975)

Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Affiliations

  • Pension Real Estate Association
  • ULI
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Representing a major real estate fund company in its acquisition of a million square-foot office and retail complex in Irvine, California and the related assumption and restructuring of a securitized loan that was in special servicing
  • Representing a major American life insurance company and a leading Canada-based financial services group in connection with the US$270 million purchase of an office complex in downtown San Francisco
  • Representing a Fortune 100 life insurance company in a US$90 million financing of industrial portfolios that included 19 properties in 8 states
  • Representing the regents of a university as trustees of the institution's retirement plan in real estate transactions dating from 2007, including  financings, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Serving as outside counsel for a county's employees retirement association since 1996. Transactions for the association include acquisitions, dispositions, financings and joint ventures.

Accolades

  • Best Lawyers in America - Real Estate (2015)