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Richard H. Close
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Rclose@gilchristrutter.com
Awards & Honors

Richard H. Close

Attorney

As a partner at Gilchrist & Rutter PC, Mr. Close's practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate, manufactured housing communities, project development, state and local land entitlements, and governmental relations and advocacy.  Richard Close 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 40+ year multi-faceted career truly envelops his varied expertise and insight for the benefit of his clients.  

Mr. Close has 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.

A 2015 news publication profile stated, “Richard Close is one of the most powerful people in Los Angeles who most people don’t know.” (click here to read the full article)

Mr. Close 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, and is AV Preeminent®, Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® and The Best Lawyers in America©, Land Use and Zoning Law.

Governmental

Mr. Close serves as a Chairman of the Oversight Board managing the dissolution of the Los Angeles City Redevelopment Agency. He is also a Member of the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).

He has been interviewed and quoted by various media, including the Los Angeles Business Journal, Wall Street Journal, Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine, Real Estate Finance IntelligenceGlobeSt.com, Los Angeles Daily News, Western Real Estate BusinessBisnow, KFWB Money 101, KPCC Larry Mantle's Air Talk, KPCC Patt Morrison's Radio Show, KCRW Warren Olney's Which Way, L.A.?Daily JournalThe Planning Report, and other esteemed media outlets. In addition, Mr. Close has been interviewed by television stations including KCBS, KNBC, KCAL, KABC and Fox News Channel for his insight on state and local politics and other civic matters.

In the past several years Mr. Close has been instrumental in lobbying efforts which successfully defeated proposed State and local legislation that would have been detrimental to his  clients interests. Mr. Close continues to advocate statewide for  protection of property owners rights both through the Courts and the legislative process.

With a history of strong political involvement, Mr. Close has often testified at State and local legislative  hearings, and has been the co-author and ballot signer on various initiatives and City Charter measures.

Legal

With more than 35 years’ experience representing community owners, Mr. Close is the Department Chair for the firm’s Manufactured Housing Practice Group, which has become the first choice in legal representation for California community owners. Areas of expertise include acquisitions, closure, subdivision, rent control litigation, financing, sales, tax-deferred sales and failure to maintain litigation and prevention.

  • Closure and redevelopment of manufactured housing communities.
  • Subdivision of manufactured housing communities throughout California since 1993.
  • State and local administrative agency enforcement, Hearings and other proceedings and approvals.
  • Specialized representation on behalf of client in a multi-million dollar failure to disclose/misrepresentation case. His client was awarded compensation equal to 100% of the value of the internationally-renowned architectural home.
  • Successfully obtained a California Court of Appeal victory when the Court reversed a lower court's invalidation of a subdivision approval previously obtained by Mr. Close. This win also included the successful negotiation of a development agreement with the City of Goleta for the client's 150-home subdivision.
  • Serving as lead counsel in the successful, groundbreaking California case involving conversion of mobile home parks from rental to condominium resident ownership (El Dorado Palm Springs, Ltd. v. City of Palm Springs, et al., 96 Cal.App.4th 1153 (2001)).
  • Prosecution of appeal against county board of supervisors that established an important principle on Proposition 8 regarding reductions in property values.
  • Prosecution of a claim for damages against a public entity for regulatory taking, which proved instrumental in defining the limitations on a local municipality to impose conditions on residents and real estate development.
  • Prosecution of a claim seeking remediation costs from responsible parties under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
  • Negotiated with state and local governmental entities regarding the remediation and removal of toxic contamination from a 70-acre site in Greater Los Angeles.
  • Prosecution of claims against public entity that established appropriate standards for local rental review board.

Publications

Not In Their Backyard (PDF), Los Angeles Magazine, February 2017

Prime Land: "Dirt Cheap" (PDF) March 2016

Mobile Home Parks: A Hidden Gem for Redevelopers (PDF) Western Real Estate Business, June 2014

Colony Cove: Property Owners No Longer Have State Constitutional Protection (PDF) CMPA, Spring 2014

Manufactured Homes - Interest Increases in this Niche (PDF) CIRE, March/April 2014

Developers Seen Eyeing Manufactured Housing for Land Sources (PDF) Real Estate Finance Intelligence, March 31, 2014

What's the Hottest New Asset Class? (PDF) Real Estate Bisnow, March 18, 2014

Mobile Moves (PDF) Los Angeles Business Journal, March 2014

SB 510: Loss of Property Rights Approved (PDF), Daily Journal, January 22, 2014

More Investors Taking a Shine to Manufactured Housing (PDF) Real Estate Finance Intelligence, January 6, 2014

Expiring Entitlements: Should You Prepare for Contention or Opportunity? (PDF) Alliance News, Spring 2013

New State law Delays RDA Asset Sales (PDF) GlobeSt.Com, August 15, 2012

CRA Properties Back in Limbo (PDF) L.A. Business Journal, July 30, 2012

The Dis-Mantle of Power (PDF) Bisnow, July 26, 2012

The Great California Shake Up (PDF), Western Real Estate Business, July 2012

Richard Close Explains the Process of Overseeing the Dissolution of the Los Angeles CRA (PDF), The Planning Report, June 2012

Roughly 600 Development Projects Approved for L.A. (PDF), GlobeSt.Com, January 2012

The Perfect Time to Re-Think Rent Control?, CMPA News, August 2011

Los Angeles Rent Freeze Rejected! (PDF), June 2010

What Is The Future of Subdivision/Conversion?, CMPA News, January 2010

“Development 101,” California Real Estate Journal (March 1999).

“Conversion to Resident Ownership: Does it make sense for you?,” WMA Reporter (June 2007)

Speaking

Moderator, "Planning for the Next Generation", Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Las Vegas, NV, May 2, 2017

Panelist, “Ask the Experts – Attorney Panel”, Moderator & Panelist “The Overreaching Government”, California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance, Las Vegas, NV, June 5 & 6, 2016.

Moderator, “The Return of Investments and Development to the Valley, NOHO and the Tri-Cities Panel”, Bisnow, West Hills, CA, October 1, 2015.

Panelist, “Ask the Experts – Attorney Panel” and “Exit Strategies – Sale Exit, Subdivision, Closure”, California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance, Las Vegas, NV, May 31 & June 1, 2015.

Speaker, “Guess Who’s Closing Their Park… And Why?”, Manufactured Housing Educational Trust Breakfast Forum, Costa Mesa, CA, April 22, 2015.

Panelist, "Ask The Experts - Attorney Panel" and "Legal Panel - Interesting Lawsuits - New Issues Land Lease Expirations, Subdivisions", California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance, Las Vegas, NV, June 1 & 2, 2014

Panelist, “CRA: Redevelopment Agencies: From the Wind-Down to What’s Next?”, 42nd Annual Crocker Symposium, October 29, 2013

Speaker, “Timely Issues Impacting Mobile Home Park Owners”, Manufactured Housing Education Trust, September 25, 2013

Panelist, "Ask The Experts - Attorney Panel" and "Financing and Maximizing Park Value," California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance, Las Vegas, NV, June 2 & 3, 2013

Panelist, “Redevelopment Agencies: From the Wind-Down to What’s Next”, Real Estate & Law (REAL) Symposium, Stanford, CA, January, 30, 2013

Speaker, “Redevelopment Agencies and Housing in the Los Angeles Region: Issues and Opportunities for 2013”, Urban Land Institute – Los Angeles, December 7, 2012

Speaker, Redevelopment Agencies and 2013 Opportunities, The Moriah Society, Beverly Hills, CA, December 6, 2012

Speaker, Redevelopment Agencies and 2013 Opportunities, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) – Los Angeles, November 13, 2012

Speaker, “Redevelopment Agencies 2012: Issues, Hurdles and Forward Planning”, NAIOP Southern California Chapter, August 7, 2012

Speaker, “Unlimited Power of Local Government”, CMPA 2012 (California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance), Las Vegas, June 3-4, 2012

Mr. Close is a regular conference speaker at the WMA (Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association) for their symposiums.

Mr. Close lectures frequently on economic and real estate issues with special emphasis on mobilehome parks. In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Close spoke at the WMA Annual Conventions and, in 2007 he lectured at the State Bar Real Estate Section Annual Conference and the WMA Spring Seminar.

PUBLICATIONS/SPEAKING OR MEDIA

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