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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Nancy Scull

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental


Ms. Scull's focus is on the representation of commercial, industrial, retail and residential developers in all real property transactions.


Ms. Scull advises lenders, borrowers, and guarantors on loan documentation, workout and loan enforcement issues. Ms. Scull has developed a special expertise in mixed use projects, condominium projects and Bureau of Real Estate regulatory matters. She represents numerous publicly held developers, urban high-rise and mixed-use developers, and developers of master planned communities in developing and processing projects and implementing programs to minimize liability. Ms. Scull has worked with many master developers of major communities and urban town centers; both within and outside of California, advising them with the planning, development and long-term governance of their communities and the sale of parcels for merchant builders. She also represents national, commercial, industrial and retail developers with high-rise office, commercial and industrial projects and retail shopping centers throughout the state of California and has created governing documents for major retail centers in Northern and Southern California.


J.D., University of Southern California, 1982; M.Ed., Smith College, 1973; B.A., Trinity University, 1970, cum laude

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

The ‘very client-friendly, knowledgeable, personable and expert in its field’ Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is particularly adept at handling transactional and land-use matters. The firm advises on large build-to-suit office development projects, mixed-use projects, joint ventures as well as the financing of large private real estate developments, and is known for its strong presence in California but also deals with matters in New York, Washington DC and Chicago. San Francisco-based Keith Garner and San Diego-based Nancy Scull, who is ‘careful, pragmatic and an expert in community governance matters’, head the team. Los-Angeles-based James Pugh advised Lightstone Group on obtaining approval for the $700m Fig + Pico Conference Center Hotels project. Thomas Masenga, who is also based in Los Angeles, advised the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System on a $1.1bn loan to a Blackstone fund. Another highlight included acting as lead land-use counsel to The Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Properties in relation to the $1.5bn mixed-use Angels Landing project in Los Angeles. Other key practitioners include Los Angeles-based Pamela Westhoff, Alfred Fraijo and Orange County-based Scott Morehouse. Peter Koffler joined the New York office in late 2018 from Venable LLP.

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United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Land use/zoning

Based across California, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP advises on CEQA documenting and defense, environmental and historic preservation matters, land use planning and entitlements, permitting and regulatory compliance, and related legislation. Highlight work included the firm is acting as lead land use counsel for the joint venture developing the $1.5bn Angels Landing in Los Angeles, and successfully defended developer Newhall Land in a federal lawsuit challenging several environmental concerns regarding the client’s $3bn Newhall Ranch project. San Diego-based Nancy Scull is the key contact.

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