Cozen O’Connor: Close, Richard H.

Richard H. Close

Member

Santa Monica

(310) 393-4477

(310) 594-7319

Richard’s practice focuses on all aspects of land use entitlements, administrative and regulatory law, project development and financing, manufactured housing communities, and governmental relations and advocacy. Richard is a leader in the legal, political, and business communities, recognized in each area for creating opportunity and exercising astute judgment, as well as his shrewd negotiating skills. His unique multi-faceted career envelops his insight for the benefit of his clients. 

He has been named to the list of the “Top 40 Real Estate Lawyers to Know” by the Los Angeles Business Journal, is consistently named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers, AV Preeminent®, Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® and The Best Lawyers in America©, Land Use and Zoning Law. The Jewish Journal has called Richard "one of the most powerful people in Los Angeles who most people don't know." Richard has also been recognized by the California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance (CMPA) with the “Advocacy Fighter Award” for his outstanding service to the industry in representing community owner’s property rights throughout the state.

Richard received his bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law and was editor of the Boston University Law Review.

News

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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.

Not In Their Backyard

February 13, 2017

Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, discusses how the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association has come to be a lesson of grassroots politics in Los Angeles Magazine.

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.

Publications

Expanded Rent Control Dead — For Now [Alert]

November 07, 2018

Richard Close, Thomas Casparian, Duane Montgomery, Spencer Isaac Eldred, and Susy Forbath discuss California voters rejection of Prop.10, which would have expanded the ability of local governments to implement more comprehensive rent control.

High Calif. Demand for Affordable Manufactured Housing – Great Opportunity

April 09, 2018

Manufactured housing operators are purchasing parks in spite of their perceived high cost. Whether for redevelopment of the property, adding new manufactured housing, or upgrading the property, the real estate market indicates that there is great upside potential.

Carson Finally Amends Rent Control Rules

March 26, 2018

The amended ordinance, which will become effective April 5, grants an annual increase of 75 percent of the difference in the CPI from the date of the last rent increase. The ordinance also includes an 8 percent ceiling and no floor.

Los Angeles County Rent Control?

February 16, 2018

Richard Close and Thomas Casparian discuss the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors' plan to establish rent control in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

Coastal Commission Approval

February 15, 2018

Richard Close and Thomas Casparian discuss Cozen O’Connor's approval from the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Dan Guggenheim’s Rancho Mobile Estates in Goleta for the subdivision/conversion of the 150 space park.

California Landlord Victory

January 12, 2018

Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses AB 1506's failure to pass in the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee.

Mobile Home Parks: A Hidden Gem for Redevelopers [Western Real Estate Business]

June 25, 2014

Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses mobile home parks in Western Real Estate Business.

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School, B.S.

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America© 2016-2020, Land Use and Zoning Law

Super Lawyer in Real Estate Law, Southern California Super Lawyers; selected by Law & Politics Media, Inc.; 2010-2019

California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance 2014, "Advocacy Fighter Award"

“Who’s Who in Law: Angelenos to Know in Real Estate Law”, Los Angeles Business Journal 2013

AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Tax Court

Chairman and Member, Oversight Board, Los Angeles City Redevelopment Agency, 2012 - 2018

County Commissioner, Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), 1996 - Present

Founder and Member, Board of Directors, California United Bank, 1982 - 1996

California Real Estate Broker, 1978 - Present

Member, Transitional Committee for Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, June - July 2015