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Edgar Khalatian

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Edgar Khalatian is a partner in Mayer Brown's Los Angeles office. He primarily represents investors and developers in all aspects of real estate transactions, focusing on land use entitlement matters and CEQA compliance. Edgar has extensive experience in land use regulation and obtaining entitlements for real estate development projects, including residential development, mixed use projects, compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, drafting development agreements, and water supply issues. He also has experience in the planning and implementation of all necessary steps involved in guiding master planned communities from original design to completion, including challenges to project approvals. In addition, he has experience with SB 221 and SB 610 statutes on water supply. He also assists in the litigation of cases at both the trial and appellate level. Edgar has been involved with several high-profile and complex land use projects in California, including a 3 million square foot mixed use project in downtown Los Angeles; an innovative 875,000 square foot mixed use project in Hollywood; a 225,000 square foot mixed use project on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood on the famed House of Blues site; and the addition of a 300,000 square foot Class A office building on a site adjacent to a hotel in Culver City. Additionally, he has represented the J. Paul Getty Trust for land use related issue involving the Getty’s property holdings and its relations with the neighboring communities; Lennar/Heritage Fields in its project involving a 4,600-acre master planned community located on the former El Toro Marine Base in Irvine; and Newhall Land & Farming/Lennar in a 700-acre master planned community with 1,000 residential units located in Santa Clarita. As an active member of the land use community, Edgar was recently appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Michael LoGrande, Director of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, to serve as a co-chair of the Los Angeles Zoning Advisory Committee. In this role, he will work with the Planning Department to revise the City’s outdated zoning code. He also currently serves on the board of directors for the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) and is chairman of VICA’s Land Use Committee. Edgar was recently named a “Super Lawyer” and has been selected to the 2015 Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a licensed real estate broker and a registered lobbyist in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood.


Southwestern Law School, JD, 2003; California State University, BA, 1999

United States: Government

Government relations

Within: Government relations

The ‘excellent’ team at Mayer Brown is noted for assisting international, federal, state and local clients with government affairs matters; based in Chicago, where John Janicik and Mitchell Holzrichter are names to note, and Los Angeles, where Philip Recht and Edgar Khalatian are based and singled out for their expertise. Recht leads ongoing advice to the California High-Speed Rail Authority on the development of the high-speed rail network, currently the largest public works project in the US. Alongside Andrew Kugler, Recht advises the Lytton Rancheria tribe on state legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to internet gaming, alongside handling negotiations with Congress to enact legislation to place Sonoma County, the land selected for the tribe’s proposed housing development project, in trust for the tribe. In an example of its international capabilities, the group represented the government of Puerto Rico in advocacy for the development of a US-Puerto Rico tax policy relationship. Michael Kantor, Timothy Keeler and Duane Layton are recommended in the Washington DC office.

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United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Land use/zoning

Jointly led by the ‘politically savvyEdgar Khalatian and Patricia Tubert, Mayer Brown is one of the ‘best in class in LA’ and provides land use and entitlement advice to national and local developers. The group is particularly experienced in mixed-use projects; it advised the property owner/developer of 8150 Sunset on all land use aspects of the mixed-use site on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights in the City of Los Angeles and counselled The GPI Company on the development of a 28-story mixed-use project that includes the redevelopment of the Amoeba Music site in Hollywood to a residential tower.

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