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Mitchell B. Menzer Partner, Real Estate Department
Los Angeles T 1(213) 683-6111 F 1(213) 996-3111
Mitchell B. Menzer is a partner in the global Real Estate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He represents investors and developers in all aspects of real estate transactions, including land use and entitlement matters, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, financing, equity investments, environmental issues and construction contracts. These transactions involve properties ranging from hotels to raw land to residential developments to portfolios of office buildings.

Mr. Menzer has substantial expertise in land use regulation and obtaining entitlements for real estate development projects, including residential development mixed use projects, development agreements, and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.


Recent Representations
  • A 40,000 square foot Madame Tussauds attraction in Hollywood, California. This project involved the approval of site plan review and numerous variances as well as a comprehensive sign program featuring electronic signs and supergraphics approved by the Community Redevelopment Agency. The project also involved the adoption of a subsequent negative declaration under CEQA.
  • A mixed use development featuring 36,000 square feet of retail and commercial space and 155 condominium units. This project involved innovative shared parking arrangements and the completion of an environmental impact report.
  • The addition of a 300,000 square foot office building on a site adjacent to a hotel in Culver City, California. This project involved shared parking analysis, major traffic improvements and the completion of an environmental impact report.
  • The conversion of an obsolete office building in Beverly Hills to a luxury apartment project. This project also required the resolution of litigation under CEQA brought by a neighborhood association.
  • An innovative medium density mixed use project in Ontario, California including 400 residential units and approximately 200,000 square feet of commercial space on a site previously entitled for office development. This project involved the use of an addendum to a prior environmental impact report and resolution of CEQA litigation brought by a neighboring property owner.
  • A joint venture with a hotel operator to acquire, improve and operate a portfolio of extended stay hotels located in six states.
  • A joint venture between a Japanese natural resources company and a domestic oil company to develop and operate a liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Beach, California.
  • A joint venture with a retail developer to develop a 1.2 million square foot office regional entertainment, lifestyle and power center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Accolades and Recognitions
  • Selected as among the top five percent of Southern California real estate attorneys in a research process conducted by Law & Politics magazine
  • Recognized by the Daily Journal in its inaugural list of Top 25 Land-Use Leaders

Speaking Engagements and Publications
  • Author of numerous articles including “A Guide to California Government Code Section 65915: Density Bonuses and Incentives for Affordable Housing” in the California Real Property Journal (Spring, 2005) and “Housing Southern California: Smart Growth Strategies” in the 2001 SCAG State of the Region Report
  • Frequent speaker to both real estate attorneys and other real estate professionals, including the USC Gould Conference on Real Estate and Business

Professional and Community Involvement
  • Served on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission from 2000 to 2004 and was the President of the Commission 2002 – 2003. During that time, he served on the Mayor’s Development Advisory Group and the Mayor’s Industrial Land Task Force
  • Served on the Urban Land Institute’s California Smart Growth Coordinating Committee from 2001-2002,, which published “Putting the Pieces Together: State Actions to Encourage Smart Growth Practices in California
  • Member of the ULI Los Angeles District Council Executive Committee and he chairs its Land Use Leadership Committee.
  • Serves on the Boards of the Center for Creative Land Recycling and A Community of Friends and he co-chairs the California Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land.
  • Serves on committees for the Central City Association and USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. He was member of the CEQA Improvement Advisory Group convened by the Secretary of the California Resources Agency.
  • Clerked for the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer, United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

Education
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 1984 (Order of the Coif)
  • Amherst College, B.A., 1978