Cozen O’Connor: Santa Monica

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Cozen O’Connor Attorney Paul S. Rutter Named the Urban Development Lawyer of the Year by Century City Bar Association

– Cozen O’Connor attorney Paul S. Rutter, a member of the real estate practice in the firm’s Santa Monica, Calif., office, has been named “Urban Development Lawyer of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association. The Association provides legal education, leadership opportunities, and a sense of community to more than 4,000 Century City attorneys. Paul is among six attorneys being recognized by the Association for distinguishing himself in his respective field of expertise.

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Cozen O'Connor established its Santa Monica office in October 2017 when attorneys from the real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, joined the firm. Our Santa Monica attorneys have a strong background in all aspects of real estate, representing developers, investors, lenders, architects, contractors, brokers, and local government agencies. The full-service real estate practice encompasses commercial office, retail, multifamily, industrial, manufactured housing, development, financing, leasing, purchases, sales, joint ventures, and exchanges, along with a regulatory and government relations practice.

The lawyers of the Commercial Litigation group represent clients in trial and arbitration proceedings in state and federal courts in partnership disputes, corporate and LLC dissolution and partition actions, and in claims involving breach of fiduciary duty, unfair business practices unfair competition, defamation, invasion of privacy, insurance bad faith, and intellectual property.

People

Amy B. Alderfer

Amy B. Alderfer

Member

Thomas W. Casparian

Thomas W. Casparian

Member

Richard H. Close

Richard H. Close

Member

Spencer Isaac Eldred

Spencer Isaac Eldred

Associate

Susy Forbath

Susy Forbath

Regulatory and Government Relations Professional

Frank Gooch III

Frank Gooch III

Member

Jonathan S. Gross

Jonathan S. Gross

Office Managing Partner

Diane J. Hvolka

Diane J. Hvolka

Co-Chair, Leasing

Duane M. Montgomery

Duane M. Montgomery

Member

Paul S. Rutter

Paul S. Rutter

Member

Peter E. Swain

Peter E. Swain

Member

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Cozen O’Connor Attorney Paul S. Rutter Named the Urban Development Lawyer of the Year by Century City Bar Association

January 24, 2019 – Cozen O’Connor attorney Paul S. Rutter, a member of the real estate practice in the firm’s Santa Monica, Calif., office, has been named “Urban Development Lawyer of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association. The Association provides legal education, leadership opportunities, and a sense of community to more than 4,000 Century City attorneys. Paul is among six attorneys being recognized by the Association for distinguishing himself in his respective field of expertise.

Los Angeles and Santa Monica Attorneys Participates in Adoption Day

November 19, 2018 Los Angeles and Santa Monica offices finalized pro bono adoptions for six families.

Cozen O'Connor Leads McCarthy Cook & Co. in $179.7M Purchase of Mountain View Office Campus

September 14, 2018 Paul Rutter, a member in Real Estate, was featured in the Dealmaker Section of the Daily Journal. Paul led the Cozen O'Connor team that negotiated real estate investment and development firm McCarthy Cook & Co.'s $179.7 million acquisition of an office campus in Mountain View.

The Growing Concerns of Marijuana Producers

February 07, 2018 Richard Close, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses the legal concerns of recreational marijuana growers due to the numbers of states legalizing the industry in Super Laywers.

Beware of Rent Control Coming to Northern California

February 05, 2018 Richard Close, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses why the damage caused by mudslides, flooding, heat waves, and wildfires to homes and infrastructure throughout Northern California could ultimately lead to a need for rent control in Super Lawyers.

Cozen O’Connor Announces Hiring of Gilchrist & Rutter Attorneys

September 27, 2017 Cozen O’Connor is thrilled to announce that effective October 1, 2017, all of the lawyers from the Los Angeles real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, will join the firm.

Richard Close: A Lion’s Roar in the Valley

July 16, 2015 Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, is featured in an article by the Jewish Journal describing his heavy involvement with the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA), which he has led since 1977.

Developers Seen Eyeing Manufactured Housing for Land Source

March 31, 2014 Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses the trend of buying and redeveloping existing manufactured housing communities in an issue of Real Estate Finance & Investment.

What's the Hottest New Asset Class?

March 18, 2014 Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, discusses the increase in mobile home transactions in the Los Angeles area in Bisnow.

More Investors Taking a Shine to Manufactured Housing

January 06, 2014 Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, elaborates on investors' increased interest in purchasing and redeveloping manufactured housing properties in Real Estate Finance & Investment.

Mobile Moves

January 01, 1900 Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses the recent sale of Friendly Village, a 19-acre mobile home park in Long Beach, Calif., in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Contacts

Jonathan S. Gross

Office Managing Partner

jgross@cozen.com

(310) 460-4474

Jeanette Rodriguez

Office Manager

JRodriguez@cozen.com

(310) 594-3130