On December 8, 2008, JMBM attorneys successfully challenged an attempt by the City of Los Angeles to unlawfully impose conditions of approval on a proposed infill apartment project that was entitled to a height limit increase under SB 1818, the state density bonus law. Louise Apts. LLC v. City of Los Angeles is the first […]
JMBM attorneys, acting on behalf of the California Mining Association (CMA), filed suit against the South Coast Air Quality Management District challenging its adoption of a new regulation. As part of the settlement JMBM achieved for the CMA, the SCAQMD was required to amend the regulation and allow a high wind exemption critical to CMA […]
In Palmer v. City of Los Angeles, JMBM successfully litigated a contentious and highly controversial case arising out of the demolition of an old structure without permit in downtown Los Angeles. The settlement resulted in new development of nearly 1,000 apartment units.
JMBM represented a major Japanese corporation as owner of a luxury Los Angeles hotel in multimillion-dollar construction defect litigation against one of the world’s largest hotel chains as the developer, as well as multiple contractors. In pursuing the claim, our lawyers coordinated numerous experts and consultants to advise on all elements of construction—from the roofs […]
JMBM lawyers are skilled at resolving special zoning or other use restriction problems that complicate construction projects. On behalf of a developer client, we obtained the first successful approval under the new Los Angeles Mixed Use Ordinance for a project that included 540 apartments and 27,000 square feet of commercial space. In another instance, we […]
A JMBM team representing real estate, construction, corporate, tax and land use capabilities advised the California State Automobile Association (CSAA) in a complex sale and leaseback transaction that allowed the organization to successfully move to new headquarters. We first advised CSAA in their negotiations for a 255,000 square-foot, six-story build-to-suit lease with a purchase option […]