With more than 115 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
Founded in L.A. in 1951, 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. 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.
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