Provides Opinion & Testimony In:
Residential Real Estate Standards of Care, Arms-Length Transactions Finder’s Fees, Private Equity Funds Investment Committees Land Disposition, Paper Lots, Land Use & Zoning Homeowner’s Associations Joint Ventures Development Agreements Public Outreach Campaigns Real Estate Budgets Internal Rates of Return Land Development Costs Conditions of Approval Costs to Complete, Budget Variances, Commercial Real Estate Fiduciary Duties, Related Party Transactions Duty to Disclose, Investor Relations Securing Entitlements Finished Lots, Platted & Engineered Lots Management Committees Covenants & Conditions Sponsor Duties, General Plan Amendments Neighborhood Opposition Real Estate Pro Formas Financial Projections Tentative Plats & Maps Real Estate Debt Financing Private Offering Memos Joint Ventures, Syndicated Investments Conflicts of Interest Brokerage Commissions, Real Estate Management Fees Pooled Investment Funds Land Acquisition, Partially Finished Lots Master Plan Communities Public Improvement Districts Special Assessments, Cost Sharing Agreements County Commissions Due Diligence, Pro Forma Analytics, Land Development Final Plats & Maps, Institutional Equity Funding Change Orders, JV Operating Agreements
Real Estate Expert Witness
2016 – Present- Nationwide
Standards of Care
Evidence Based Analysis and Testimony
Commercial and Residential Real Estate
Hands on experience in complex real estate matters
Land use & Zoning
Covenants and Conditions
Proven real estate operator and legal counsel
Vice President of Real Estate Operations, Western United States
2007 – 2012
AMERICAN LAND FUND – Scottsdale, AZ
Proven real estate operator who oversaw western U.S. land development assets owned by $226mm private equity real estate fund founded by Dr. Peter Linneman, Director of the Wharton School of Real Estate at the University of Pennsylvania, which acquired and processed entitlements for 25,000+ residential home sites across 15 master plans in 7 different states.
Execute daily operations of real estate fund to execute business plan generating highest and best use of the fund’s land development assets to achieve high equity returns for fund investors.
Report directly to Fund Investment Committee on issues relating to:
risk man- agement
business plan execution
Established Real Estate Operator with direct and daily interface with company executives, government officials, joint venture partners, third party consultants, brokers, professionals and fund investors. Serve as legal counsel negotiating with opposing counsel, joint venture partners, government staff and elected officials. Appear at public hearings (e.g. City Council) to secure entitlements and zoning for underlying land parcels.
Proven Asset Manager actively oversees monthly, quarterly and annual budgets and actual spending re- lated thereto. Locate vendors, gather competing bids and select third party real estate service providers in- cluding engineers, lawyers, land planners, landscape architects, geologists, environmental engineers, polit- ical consultants, brokers, appraisers, surveyors, and other real estate professionals to aid business plan ex- ecution. Conduct weekly and monthly asset management update teleconferences and in person meetings to ensure project advancement, budget compliance and on time project delivery. Maintain contact with in- vestors with project updates and specific information as needed.
Rigorous Asset Reporting with monthly, quarterly, and annual asset reports containing real property up- dates, market trends, comparable sales, budget reconciliations, mark-to-market forecasted investment re- turns, forecasted IRR, budget variances and proposed change orders.
Land Acquisition & Development Manager
PULTE-DEL WEBB – Las Vegas, NV
Team member responsible for land acquisition, entitlement and land development activities for Las Vegas di- vision of nation’s second largest publicly traded homebuilder which delivered over 9,500 Las Vegas resi- dences in 2005-2007 alone. Originate, prepare, and present extensive Feasibility Packages to Company’s As- set Management Committee to secure deal approval and funding.
Served as Project Manager who personally oversaw contractor bids, budgets, installation of offsite im- provements, in-tract improvements including grading, wet and dry utilities, curb, gutter, streets, side- walks, and spine walls that enabled final delivery of finished lots ready for vertical construction.
RHODES HOMES – Las Vegas, NV
Served as in-house attorney for large private homebuilder managing a wide variety of litigation, transac- tional, structured finance and employment issues. Company delivered over 400 home closings per year.
Senior Staff Attorney
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT – San Diego, CA
Chief Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan.
Researched, analyzed, and delivered weekly verbal presentations and proposed written judicial opinions for the disposition of complex federal litigation involving real property, patent, copyright, trademark and employment issues.
Associate Attorney 1997-1998
PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN, LLP – San Diego, CA
Contributed to all aspects of complex commercial litigation including motion practice, depositions, set- tlement negotiations, case filings, and client coordination.
Judicial Law Clerk
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT – San Diego, CA
Clerked for Chief Judge Judith N. Keep who, at the time, carried the nation’s heaviest federal caseload; analyzed, researched, and prepared weekly civil and criminal bench memoranda and proposed judicial opinions.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL LICENSING:
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF LAW – San Diego, CA (J.D.)
San Diego Law Review Member
Merit Scholarship recipient
Licensed Attorney: Arizona, California & Nevada
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA – Charlottesville, VA (B.A.)
Licensed Real Estate Broker: California
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
ULI Residential Neighborhood Development Council Member (Gold)