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Mr. Cho specializes in commercial real estate law, with an emphasis on leasing, purchase and sale transactions, financing and development. His practice involves the representation of major corporations, national and regional developers, small to mid-size companies and individuals in a broad range of real estate transactions and projects throughout the United States, including the acquisition and disposition of developed and undeveloped real property, office, retail, industrial and ground leasing, acquisition and construction financing, and the negotiation, preparation and review of easements, license agreements, CC&Rs, construction contracts, commercial agreements and other due diligence matters.


Before joining Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder LLP in 2002, Mr. Cho was an associate with the Orange County office of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP. Mr. Cho has been named one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers Rising Stars” every year since 2005.


Representative Transactions

  • Representation of real estate developer in connection with the purchase of single and multi-tenant retail pads throughout the United States

  • Representation of national real estate development company in connection with the purchase of a 1.2 million square foot retail mall in Sacramento County, California

  • Representation of national real estate development company in connection with the leasing of its 430,000 square foot office project in Los Angeles County, California

  • Representation of for-profit college in connection with the leasing of campus sites throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Riverside Counties

  • Representation of national manufacturing company in connection with the leasing of over 500,000 square feet of industrial space throughout the United States

  • Representation of regional developer in connection with construction financing for the construction of a high-end senior living facility in Orange County, California


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Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 25%
    18 years
  2. Contracts: 25%
    18 years
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
    18 years
  4. Real Estate: 25%
    18 years

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Contact info

Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder LLP

Pacific Arts Plaza
3200 Bristol Street, Suite 850
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
U.S. News - Best Law FirmsBest Lawyers2015
Top Ranked Law Firms in U.S.Fortune Magazine2015
U.S. News - Best Law FirmsBest Lawyers2014
U.S. News - Best Law FirmsBest Lawyers2013
U.S. News - Best Law FirmsBest Lawyers2012
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2008
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2007
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2006
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGarrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder LLP2002 - Present
AssociatePillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP1998 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaAffiliateN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Multi-Tenant Purchase TransactionClosed
Purchase Transaction $1.2 MillionClosed
Leasing Transaction - 430,000 Square FeetClosed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995