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Mitch Menzer

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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.


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.


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

United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Land use/zoning

Extremely experienced’, Paul Hastings LLP provides ‘valuable information and a practical approach’ in high-profile cases, which recently included assisting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LAPA) with the acquisition and development of a new Frank Gehry designed headquarters building for LAPA’s Youth Orchestra; this matter was led by practice co-head Jeff Haber. ‘Outstanding’ and ‘down-to-earth’, other practice co-head Mitchell Menzer is acting for Chinese real estate developer Shen Zhen New World I in negotiations with the City of Los Angeles regarding the redevelopment of the site of The LA Hotel. Gordon Hart is also recommended. All lawyers named are based in Los Angeles.

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