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:
Korean Air Lines in the entitlement, construction, and financing of a large mixed-use project in the heart of the financial district in downtown Los Angeles. The Wilshire Grand project is a 75-story tower that includes an 899-room convention center hotel, approximately 400,000 square feet of office space, and approximately 100,000 square feet of ballrooms, conference facilities, a spa, restaurants, and retail space. The project also includes a state-of-the-art electronic sign district, transient occupancy tax incentives, and a Development Agreement.
LinkedIn in obtaining entitlements for a 1-million-square-foot headquarters campus in Mountain View, California. The entitlements include a planned development permit, statutory Development Agreement, and the negotiation of a community benefits payment for increased floor area.
Mack Urban Development in obtaining entitlements for a large-scale residential community in the South Park neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. The projects involve six separate sites that the developer will entitle for over 1,800 residential units and ground floor retail, restaurants, and amenities.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in obtaining approvals of zoning code amendments, conditional use permits, and an environmental impact report for its new Education and Visitors Center.
Greenland US Holding Inc. in securing economic incentives from the City of Los Angeles for Greenland's new 350-room hotel in downtown Los Angeles that will serve the convention center, businesses, and tourist industry.
Oaktree Capital in obtaining entitlements for a significant residential community in Malibu, California. The project required an environmental impact report, zoning text amendment for a planned development designation, vesting tentative tract map, a local coastal plan amendment, and other approvals to comply with the Coastal Act.
AREA Property Partners in obtaining land use approvals for a 1-million-square-foot mixed-use project on a full city block in Hollywood, California, which will include 400,000 square feet of office space, a 125-room hotel, 400 condominium units, and approximately 40,000 square feet of restaurant and retail. The project also involves the preservation and rehabilitation of a 100,000-square-foot office complex designated as a historic monument.
Carlyle Realty Partners in obtaining land use approvals from the City of Culver City and its Redevelopment Agency for a 400,000-square-foot office building to be integrated with an existing hotel to create a mixed-use project. The project involved a shared parking analysis, major traffic improvements, and the completion of an environmental impact report. We also successfully defended the lawsuit challenging the project's compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, which was brought by project opponents
Museum of Tolerance in West Los Angeles in obtaining approvals for its proposed expansion and modification of operating conditions. This work also includes the completion of an environmental impact report and numerous land use approvals.
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.