About Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP

With more than 120 attorneys on the job, Cox, Castle & Nicholson touts itself as "one of the largest real estate law firms in the United States." The firm handles the full gamut of real estate specialties, from acquisitions and environmental law to retail development and resort management, representing businesses, financial institutions and real estate entrepreneurs whether they are developing, financing, managing or just getting rid of their real estate assets.

Sixty Plus Years of Golden State Real Estate

Founded in L.A. in 1968, Cox Castle is real estate firm through and through, and the firm's clients run the gamut of real estate players, including landlords, tenants, investors, developers and lenders. In the Los Angeles area, Cox Castle is particularly strong in land use and zoning law and construction litigation, according to U.S. News, who named the Cox Castle "Law Firm of the Year" in 2015. Several Cox attorneys have been recognized by Chambers for their real estate law expertise, and Legal 500 has applauded the firm for its real estate transaction and finance practices as well as its Northern California land use and zoning department. U.S. News ranked the firm Tier 1 for their land use & zoning law, real estate, and environmental practices.

Though still a very SoCal-centric practice, the L.A.-based firm has moved up the coastline, establishing offices in San Francisco and Irvine. The San Francisco office, launched in 1998 to capitalize on Bay Area expansion, more recently moved into the Bank of America building after its number of attorneys tripled in size. The firm also plans to expand the legal team at its Orange County location, according to Cox Castle leadership.

In addition to more hands-on real estate work, the firm also publishes newsletters informing clients on new regulatory law, relevant court decisions and real estate market forecasts.

Financing and Office Space

Before zoning and construction laws even come into play, developers need the dough to break ground. Cox Castle has done its share of large financing and debt restructuring deals for its clients, including helping national office property company Thomas Properties Group replace a $100 million unfunded commitment from the Lehman Brothers after the financial services giant went bankrupt. Another office property developer, Maguire Properties, benefited from Cox Castle counsel when the firm helped the real estate company refinance its Gas Company Tower and the World Trade Center garage.

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Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP

2049 Century Park East
Suite 2100
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 284-2200


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Executive Committee Senior Member: Mario Camara
  • Recruiting Chair: Perry Hughes
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 120

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,400/week

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Construction • Environmental • Institutional Investment & Finance • Labor & Employment • Land Use & Natural Resources • Litigation & Dispute Resolution • Real Estate • Risk Management & Insurance • Tax & Estate Planning 

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA (HQ) • Irvine, CA • San Francisco, CA