Diane J. Hvolka
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Diane J. Hvolka


Diane J. Hvolka is a partner in the Real Estate Group of Gilchrist & Rutter. Ms. Hvolka's practice focuses on commercial real estate and business transactions, including general office, creative office, industrial and retail leasing; real property secured financing; real estate purchase and sales; brokerage agreements; insurance matters; construction, engineering and consulting agreements; property management agreements; development agreements; reciprocal easement agreements; CC&Rs and ground leases.

Ms. Hvolka has over fifteen years of experience handling complex real estate transactions. During the course of her career, she has had the privilege of serving clients such as J.P. Morgan; Maguire Properties Group; Thomas Properties Group, Inc.; CommonWealth Partners, LLC; Vantage Property Investors LLC; and the Grand Avenue Joint Powers Authority (a JPA formed by the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency). She is frequently called upon to give talks to brokers and other real estate professionals on matters related to her practice area.

Her experience includes negotiating and drafting hundreds of leases, amendments and option agreements on behalf of office, industrial and retail landlords and tenants, both large and small, including leases for social media companies and other creative office users, restaurants and high-end retailers, law firms and financial institutions, entertainment companies and fitness facilities.


  • Represented numerous property owners in connection with all aspects of asset management, including contractor, vendor and property management contracts and agreements.
  • Drafted and negotiated brokerage agreements for individual tenant representation and for exclusive agency representation in building leasing programs, and advised brokerage firms regarding disclosure requirements.
  • Represented clients in the purchase and sale of hotel and office properties, including the sale of the Lantana Media Campus in Santa Monica (reported to be the largest office building sale in Los Angeles County in 2009) and the sale of the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA.
  • Negotiated and drafted many key documents for the Grand Avenue Project in downtown Los Angeles, including the design agreement for the Civic Park, and ground leases and related documents for bringing the Broad Art Museum and Emerson apartments to the Project.
  • Negotiated and documented numerous securitized mortgage transactions and mezzanine loan transactions, including a $240 million construction loan for development of a high-rise building in Irvine, CA. 
  • Represented the landlord in connection with the initial lease-up of the redeveloped 9-acre Playa Jefferson creative office campus in Playa Vista, including leases to Facebook and a lease of 60,000 square feet to global advertising/marketing leader Omnicom. 
  • Represented the landlord in connection with Amazon’s lease of over 85,000 square feet at The Water Garden in Santa Monica (J.P. Morgan ownership).  In addition to The Water Garden, represented J.P. Morgan with respect to numerous assets throughout California.
  • Lease of over 165,000 square feet at the historic 888 Brannan building in the South of Market area of San Francisco to Airbnb. The 888 Brannan building was originally built in 1912 and recently underwent a major redevelopment. The Airbnb transaction filled more than half of the office portion of the building.

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Speaker, "Westside Regional Presents: It's Play Off Season - Is There a Rebound in Sight?," BOMA panel, May 26, 2010.

Speaker, "What Every Commercial Real Estate Purchaser Should Know About Title Insurance," Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)-Los Angeles, February 15, 2005 

Published Works

Recent Tax Developments Affecting Real Estate, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section Review, Summer 2005


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