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Pircher Convenes with Real Estate Leaders at USC Real Estate Law and Business Forum


Attorneys from Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP joined more than 500 Los Angeles real estate professionals in downtown LA on Thursday, April 11, 2019, for USC Gould School of Law’s annual Real Estate Law and Business Forum.

Pircher was a sponsor of the all-day event. In addition, Phil Nichols (Senior Counsel) once again served in his long-time role as event co-chair and provided opening remarks to kick off the day’s full schedule of learning and networking. This year marked Nichols’ final year as co-chair of the Forum, a position he has held since 2008. Nichols’ service was recognized at the Forum leadership dinner that preceded the event. (Pictured below is Nichols with Susan Booth, who presented Nichols with a memento of his service. Booth started her legal career as a paralegal at Pircher and is now a law partner at Holland & Knight. She will succeed Nichols as co-chair of the Forum.)

“I am so pleased that the Forum for all of these years has been such a success in what I regard as its two-fold mission: providing a great education for all who attend and bonding together the lawyers and other professionals who work so hard to plan the event,” Nichols said. “The quality of the programming has been astonishing, and we have been so fortunate that Professor George Lefcoe, a luminary in our field, has been an advisor to the Forum since its inception.”  

Nichols also presented the Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award to his long-time co-chair, Glenn Sonnenberg (President and CEO of LaSalle Mortgage Real Estate Investors).

For more than 10 years, the Forum has brought together professionals and business people from across the real estate field for the most highly attended law and business conference in Southern California. The 2019 event opened with a conversation with real estate icons Michael Hackman (Hackman Capital Partners, whose current projects include The Culver Studios, The Culver Steps and the recently acquired Television City) and Michael Rosenfeld (Woodridge Capital Partners, whose current projects include the redevelopment of the Century Plaza Hotel and the addition of two 41-story residential towers) regarding their remarkable real estate developments and their insights about real estate and greater LA.  Rick Caruso provided the keynote luncheon address, discussing his many projects, including The Grove, The Americana at Brand and two recently opened developments: Palisades Village and the Miramar Beach Resort.

Among the broad range of real estate trends discussed throughout the day, this year’s Forum also included a track of programming focused entirely on housing trends in Los Angeles. The learning portion of the event ended with its annual lightning round of cutting-edge topics session, offering real-time updates and practical advice on expanded regulations on foreign investment into real estate, fraudulent EB-5 transactions, the implications on financing transactions from the phasing out of LIBOR and the latest impact of government regulation on electric scooters and land use in different cities. A lively networking reception complete with live jazz concluded the day-long event, one of five networking opportunities offered throughout the Forum.

For more information on the Forum, see USC Gould’s website.