Overview

For more than 34 years, Gilchrist & Rutter has been a leading name in real estate law serving clients transforming and revitalizing Southern California real estate and real estate nationwide.  Our full service practice encompasses commercial, retail and industrial development, financing, leasing, purchases, sales and exchanges.  We handle property management, brokerage and consulting contracts and all related issues.  We provide a full service, market-aware approach to all aspects of commercial, industrial, retail and residential properties for developers, lenders, architects, contractors, engineers, brokers and consultants.


Our Expertise

We have vast experience representing landlords and tenants in the negotiation and documentation of commercial, retail and industrial leases.  We have successfully negotiated and documented leases and lease amendments involving millions of square feet of space in both downtown and suburban markets across the country, including national law firm and financial service company leases, leases for Fortune 500 companies, and leases for full-service restaurants, fast food operations, bookstores, grocery stores and banking facilities.  In addition, we have significant experience handling ground leases, sale/leaseback transactions, license agreements (including telecommunications licenses) and equity-sharing agreements.

Our  skill and expertise in the leasing area enables us to efficiently and effectively represent landlord and tenant clients with respect to the ongoing aspects of the landlord/tenant relationship, such as lease disputes, restructurings, terminations and unlawful detainer proceedings.  We have years of experience counseling and advising our landlord clients with respect to all areas of asset management, including the negotiation and documentation of service provider contracts (such as security and janitorial) and brokerage agreements for individual tenant representation and for exclusive agency representation in building leasing programs.

We represent both borrowers and lenders in pre-development, construction, interim and permanent loan transactions, workouts and foreclosures. We have successfully closed over $25 billion in real estate financing transactions. We have negotiated and documented many securitized CMBS facilities, portfolio loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity deals.

We have in-depth expertise in all aspects of real estate development, ranging from site acquisition and pre-development work to construction, financing and leasing. We are experienced in the development of high-rise office complexes, suburban and campus office developments, retail shopping centers, marinas, and multi-use commercial, retail and hotel projects.

Our attorneys are experts in drafting development agreements for our landowner and developer clients, providing you with greater certainty in proceeding with a development project without being subjected to subsequently enacted regulations. We have handled the drafting and negotiation of development agreements for a wide range of complex projects, often involving multiple constituencies and interests. We also handle later related matters concerning amendments to or breach of these agreements.

Our firm structures, negotiates and documents the purchase, sale and exchange of office, retail, hotel, multi-family and industrial properties, as well as development sites.

Obtaining entitlements from government for land use projects requires legal and planning knowledge of the state, regional and local plans, policies, and regulations. Our lawyers are conversant with a range of zoning and planning regulations and techniques, from traditional Euclidian zoning regulations, to form based codes, to LEED regulations. We have represented developers, financial institutions, partnerships and REITs in securing entitlements for master planned communities, new towns, mixed-use industrial, commercial and residential centers, conditional use permits and variances, development agreements, infill development, and annexation. Our experience representing developers or public entities in planning, development regulation and litigation gives us credibility with the public sector to obtain timely and effective development approvals for clients.

Our Manufactured Housing Practice is the first choice for California park owners seeking to subdivide their properties into resident owned communities.  The team has extensive experience counseling clients with respect to the conversion of manufactured housing estates (mobile home parks) from rental to condominium resident ownership, to increase property value and rent control litigation issues. We also represent clients in non-conversion MHE matters, including acquisitions, financing, sales, tax-deferred sales and rent control litigation. As lead counsel, we have successfully prosecuted a ground-breaking California case involving conversions, an appeal establishing an important Proposition 8 principle on reductions in property values, and a claim for damages against a public entity for regulatory taking.

Our firm merges years of expertise in construction, development, leasing, environmental law, land use and asset management to help you navigate and comply with applicable local, state and federal laws concerning dealing with minimizing a project's resource footprint while maximizing the benefits of investments in "green" improvements.

We provide sophisticated tax planning addressing federal and state income tax and property tax issues for our clients in their real estate transactions.

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Our environmental attorneys have a firm command of the complex and challenging issues you may encounter involving environmental regulation compliance, enforcement or litigation.  We are experienced in cleanup of contaminated property, regulatory compliance counseling, environmental site assessment, or environmental issues in purchase, sale, leasing or financing transactions.  Read more.

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Scott Reynolds Selected as 2017 Super Lawyer Rising Star

Congratulations to Scott Reynolds, one of Super Lawyer's 2017 Southern California Rising Stars Read more

Posted 06/21/2017

G&R Sponsors 2017 Catch the Vision Awards Dinner

Gilchrist & Rutter was proud to be one of the sponsors of the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center’s 2017 Catch the Vision Read more

Posted 06/13/2017

Learning from the Past

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Posted 06/09/2017

Paul S. Rutter Elected Fellow of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Cl...

ACREL is "the premier organization of U.S. real estate lawyers. Admission is by invitation only after a rigorous screening proc... Read more

Posted 05/22/2017

Jonathan Gross, Richard Close and Donald Nanney Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

Gilchrist & Rutter attorneys Jonathan Gross, Richard Close and Donald Nanney are ranked in The Best Lawyers in America Read more

Posted 05/22/2017

Gilchrist & Rutter Announces Our 2017 Super Lawyers

Gilchrist & Rutter is pleased to announce that eight of its attorneys have been named 2017 Southern California Super Lawyer... Read more

Posted 05/22/2017

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