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Jonathan S. Gross
Real Estate Transactions

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   Jonathan S. Gross
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Jonathan S. Gross is Managing Partner of Gilchrist & Rutter, practicing primarily in the area of commercial real estate, including entity formation, major office and retail leasing, construction and design agreements; service, engineering, consulting and management agreements; brokerage agreements; title insurance; real estate secured lending; purchase and sale of developed and undeveloped property; reciprocal easement agreements and CC&Rs; ground leases; and fine art commission agreements.

Mr. Gross's clients have included the Bayside District Corporation, CommonWealth Partners, The Equitable-Nissei Figueroa Company, Lend Lease Real Estate, Maguire Properties and Thomas Development Partners.


Negotiated and documented, or supervised the completion of, several hundred office and retail leases and lease amendments for space in major urban projects in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties and in Philadelphia, including national law firm and financial service company leases, leases for Fortune 500 companies, and leases for full-service restaurants, fast food operations, bookstores and banking facilities.

Represented operating members in the formation of joint ventures for core and value added real estate investment, each providing committed capital of at least $200 million.

Prepared and negotiated general construction agreements for 73-story and 54-story office towers, a 300-room hotel, parking garages, mixed-use office and retail projects, and individual tenant premises, many of which exceeded 100,000 square feet. Negotiated and documented design and production architects' agreements for hotel, office and mixed-use projects.

Negotiated and documented major office leases on behalf of landlord, including office leases for 179,000 square feet in Irvine, California, 155,000 square feet in downtown Los Angeles, 80,000 square feet in Costa Mesa, California, and 60,048 square feet in Santa Monica, California.

Represented the seller in the multi-million dollar sale of a National Basketball Association (NBA) team and arena held in partnership with others.

Prepared professional consulting agreements for a mixed-use suburban development project in Dallas, Texas, and office projects in Los Angeles, including agreements regarding code compliance, hazardous waste, structural engineering and lighting design.

Documented the sale of interests in a retail complex and marina in Huntington Beach, California.

Drafted and negotiated equity-sharing agreements with major tenants of downtown Los Angeles and Philadelphia office projects.

Prepared and finalized art commission agreements with internationally recognized artists for inclusion of artworks in projects in downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Pasadena, California.

Closed permanent financing loans for a 54-story office tower in downtown Los Angeles, and a 12-story building in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles.

Handled the purchase and sale/leaseback of parcels of land in downtown Los Angeles for the development of a major office and retail complex.

Handled title insurance review and documentation for various properties, including a 900-acre parcel in West Los Angeles.

Prepared and negotiated brokerage agreements for individual tenant representation and for exclusive agency representation in building leasing programs.

Represented property owners in connection with management and service agreements, including janitorial and security services; food preparation; hotel, dining club and sports club operations; sports arena licensing; and general property management.


Bar Admissions:

California, 1980

Professional Associations and Memberships:

California State Bar Association, Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, Real Property Section
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., Outside Counsel
Building Owners' & Managers' Association of Greater Los Angeles, Member
Los Angeles Headquarters City Association, Member
Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, 1996 - 2004, Board of Directors

Honors and Awards

Chambers & Partners, Real Estate Band 3 (2014)

“California’s Top Real Estate Transactional Attorneys of 2013”, Los Angeles Daily Journal (2013)

“Who’s Who in Law: Angelenos to Know in Real Estate Law”, Los Angeles Business Journal (2013)

Super Lawyer in Business/Corporate Law, Southern California Super Lawyers, selected by Law & Politics Media, Inc. (2006-2017)

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

“California Dealmaker,” Commercial Real Estate Journal (2009, 2008)

“The Best Lawyers in America®,” Real Estate Law, copyright Woodward/White, Inc. (2009, 2010, 2014-2016).


J.D. (1980), Stanford Law School, Stanford, California

B.A. magna cum laude (1977), Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts


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