Mitchell B. Menzer is a partner in the Paul Hastings Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Global Real Estate group.
Mr. Menzer represents investors and developers in all aspects of real estate development, 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. Examples of these projects include representation of:
Mr. Menzer served on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission from 2000 to 2004 and was the President of the Commission in 2002 and 2003. During that time, he served on the Mayor’s Development Advisory Group and the Mayor’s Industrial Land Task Force.
In 2014, Mr. Menzer was named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 50 Development Lawyers. In 2012, Mr. Menzer was recognized by the Daily Journal in its inaugural list of Top 25 Land Use Leaders. Mr. Menzer was selected as among the top 5% of Southern California real estate attorneys in a research process conducted by Law & Politics magazine.
Mr. Menzer is recognized in The Legal 500, 2020 for Land Use/Zoning.
He is a member of the ULI Los Angeles District Council Executive Committee. He serves on the board of A Community of Friends. He was a member of the CEQA Improvement Advisory Group convened by the Secretary of the California Resources Agency.
Mr. Menzer is the 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.
Mr. Menzer received his B.A. degree in 1978 from Amherst College, with honors. In 1984, he received his J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law, graduating Order of the Coif. Mr. Menzer clerked for the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer, United States District Judge for the Central District of California.
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June 10, 2010
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September 24, 2007
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July 10, 2006
The Daily Journal's Top 50 Real Estate Development Attorneys 2014
Kirkbride, Mitch Menzer, and Charlie
Thornton were recognized by The Daily Journal in its Top 50 Real Estate Development attorneys
list. In connection with this recognition, each attorney was profiled in a
feature story for the publication’s Development supplement.
August 14, 2014
Mitch Menzer was recognized by the Daily Journal in its inaugural list of Top 25 Land-Use Leaders.
April 27, 2011