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estate and business law counselor and hands-on “dirt lawyer” with over thirty years
of diverse experience representing clients in the real estate, retail, hospitality,
travel and aviation industries. Expertise in all aspects of real estate finance,
workouts, bankruptcies, dispositions, acquisitions, development, subdivisions, construction,
sales and leasing.  Extensive transactional
and litigation experience including:


*   Developers’ counsel on over 50 major development
projects, including office and industrial parks, shopping      centers, hotels, resorts, condominiums and


*   Representation of both borrowers and lenders
in scores of multimillion dollar financings of retail, office, industrial, hotel  and residential projects


*   Engagements as Special Real Estate Counsel
to both debtors and creditors in contested bankruptcies


*   Recognized authority and sought-after
lecturer on real estate workouts and foreclosures, leases,  subdivisions, condominiums, resort
development, and hospitality and travel industry law


*   Lead counsel for purchasers in acquisition
and financing of $70+ million resort/hotel portfolio


                *   Negotiation and documentation of hundreds of
retail, office and industrial leases


*   U.S. General Counsel to world’s
largest student travel company, with over 200 offices worldwide


*   Extensive litigation and trial
experience in federal, state and bankruptcy courts, including over 50 bench trials and 8 jury
trials to verdict, many with millions of dollars in controversy


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    37 years, 500 cases
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    37 years, 500 cases
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 10%
    36 years, 500 cases
  4. Project Finance: 10%
    31 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($375-475/hour)

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Contact info

Steckbauer Weinhart, LLP

333 S. Hope Street
36th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90071-1406


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rated (highest rating for ability and ethics)Martindale-Hubbell1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles chapter)N/A1999 - 2009
Academy of Hospitality Industry AttorneysMember - Board of Directors1998 - 2009
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationMember - Legal Services Panel1992 - 2009
American Bar AssociationReal Property, Franchising and Hotel and Tourism Sections1980 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Cornell UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Impact of Bankruptcy on Commercial Real Estate LeasesImpact of Bankruptcy on Commercial Real Estate Leases2008
California Foreclosure LawCalifornia Foreclosure Law2008
Legal Aspects of Condominium Development in CaliforniaLegal Aspects of Condominium Development in California2006
AHIA Spring MeetingCondo Hotels — Opportunities and Pitfalls2005
Golf and Resort DevelopmentWorkouts and Foreclosures of Troubled Hotels and Resorts2003
California Foreclosure LawCalifornia Foreclosure Law2003
California Foreclosure LawCalifornia Foreclosure Law2002