Dennis B. Ellman

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Real Estate Experience


  • Represented the developer of a 224-unit high-rise condominium project in Marina del Rey, California in connection with the sale of the partially built project and negotiation of a “turnkey” building agreement for the completion of the project
  • Negotiated the contract for construction of the new Earthquake Soccer Club Stadium in San Jose, California
  • Negotiated the contract for construction of a first class high rise office building on Bixel Street in downtown, Los Angeles
  • Negotiated the contract for construction of the Universal Music Group Building, a Class-A office building in Santa Monica, California
  • Negotiated the contract for the substantial renovation of the Carmel Valley Ranch Resort in Carmel Valley, California
  • Represent two of the largest custom home building contractors in Los Angeles, California
  • Negotiated the contract for a substantial renovation of a regional shopping center in Orange County, California


  • Represented the owner of Buena Park Mall, a regional Shopping Mall and Buena Park Place, a neighboring “power center,” in the negotiation of leases to Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., PetsMart, Union Bank, Michaels, Foot Locker, K-B Toys, Payless ShoeSource, Portillo’s, Panda Express, Chili’s, Cold Stone Creamery and similar national tenants
  • Represented the owner of an approximately 900,000 square foot regional shopping mall in West Los Angeles in connection with the leasing of in excess of 200,000 square feet to in-line national tenants including The Gap, California Pizza Kitchen, Boulmiche, Lady Footlocker, P.J. Clark, Ultimode, Express, Ltd., Paris, Bruno Magli, Banana Republic, Kenneth J. Lane
  • Represent the owner of a first class office building in the Century City development in Los Angeles, California in the preparation of its lease form and ongoing lease negotiations with tenants
  • Designed and implemented the auction process for the owner of an approximately 30-acre warehouse facility in San Fernando, California; as a result of this auction, the client was able to achieve a sale price which was 23 percent in excess of the original listing price


  • Represented the developer of MacDonald Ranch, a master planned community of approximately 2,200 acres in Henderson, Nevada including sales to Del Webb Communities, Toll Brothers and Christopher Homes
  • Represented the developer of an approximately 120-acre site outside of Las Vegas in negotiating a joint venture for the development of a regional shopping mall including the negotiation of project management, leasing, asset management and property management agreements; also represented the developer in the consummation of a buy/sell agreement with its joint venture partner


  • Represented the developer of a 588-unit apartment complex in West Los Angeles in connection with the sale of the project to a large pension fund
  • Represented a real estate developer in connection with the acquisition of a deeply discounted note and the subsequent deed in lieu of foreclosure for a 217-unit residential commercial project in downtown Los Angeles
  • Represented two corporations owned by feuding members of a family in connection with the disposition of real properties having a value in excess of $80,000,000 in and around the metropolitan Los Angeles area including a property with significant environmental contamination
  • Represented the seller of the building occupied by Hermes on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California
  • Negotiated the sale of a major commercial property on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills as part of a multi-property Like Kind Exchange
  • Represented the purchase of residential estates on the Westside of Los Angeles and Malibu with purchase prices totaling in excess of $100,000,000 in calendar year 2013 alone