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Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Richard Mendelson, Los Angeles (Downtown), USA

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Richard Mendelson

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Real Estate; Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs); Institutional Investor; Real Estate Funds




Mr. Mendelson is Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles Office.  A member of the Real Estate Practice Group, he has particular knowledge in the areas of acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing transactions, as well as in workouts and restructurings.  Mr. Mendelson has extensive experience in representing both domestic and international insurance companies and banks, public pension funds (and their advisors), and significant family-owned real estate companies in all matters relating to commercial property.

The respected English publisher Chambers & Partners lists Mr. Mendelson in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, commenting on his “expert assistance” and describing him as “a precise and skilled technician with a sterling track record.”  In both 2010 and 2011, readers of the website Above the Law voted him one of the top partners to work for in California.

Mr. Mendelson is also listed in Legal 500 and in The Best Lawyers in America for real estate law.  He has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer, as the result of a research project conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Los Angeles magazines.

Mr. Mendelson became a partner at Seyfarth in 2012.


Pension Real Estate Association; ULI; Los Angeles County Bar Association


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1978), cum laude, Associate Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review; A.B., Rutgers University (1975)

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is ‘excellent at solving deal issues from start to finish’ and provides ‘diligent efforts with common sense solutions’, advising on a range of matters including M&A, construction, finance, environmental issues, joint ventures, fund formation, development, leasing, land use and zoning and real estate litigation. The firm acts for commercial and investment banks, public and private pension funds, life insurance companies, developers, big-box retailers and institutional landlords. Los Angeles-based Richard Mendelson advised John Hancock Life Insurance Company on various matters including a $500m loan and acquisition of four properties, while New York-based John Napoli advised Workspace Property Trust on a $1.28bn loan from JP Morgan Chase. Peter Korda co-chairs the firm’s national structured and real estate finance practice group and the New York real estate department. Boston-based Andrew Shure and Eric Greenberg are also recommended, alongside Washington DC-based Thomas Galli and Cynthia Mitchell in New York. Robin Freeman and Mitchell co-lead the firm’s healthcare real estate and finance practice, Freeman is also chair of the San Francisco real estate department. In March 2018 Michael Rechtin joined the Chicago office from Baker McKenzie LLP and now chairs the firm's data center services practice group.

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