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Real Estate & Construction Transactional finalists

David Bagley

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

600 W. Broadway, Eighth Floor

San Diego, CA 92101

dbagley@hsrgb.com

(619) 239-3444

Education

Law School/Year: Stanford, 1979

College/Year: Columbia, 1970

Bar Admissions

California, U.S. Court of Military Appeals

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

I am a real estate lawyer, and my practice involves commercial lending, real estate and general business transactions, including real estate finance (representing both borrowers and lenders), other commercial lending, commercial leasing, real property acquisition and development, residential development and sales and general corporate and business representation and advice. I represent lenders in a wide range of construction and permanent financing transactions, public and private home builders and commercial developers in property acquisition and development matters, and assist CSU auxiliary organizations in bond and other transactions. I also represent a number of smaller lenders, developers, real estate investors and other businesses.

Professional background

After six years as a Navy surface line officer, I attended law school while on active duty and then served as a Navy JAG officer, for five years on active duty and afterwards as a reservist. Since leaving active duty at the end of 1984, I have been in private practice with Hecht Solberg and its predecessor firm McDonald, Hecht & Solberg.

Professional affiliations

In other professional activities, I am a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and a recurring lecturer on real estate finance issues and major real property acquisitions for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the State Bar of California and Lorman Educational Services. I am currently an adviser to the Executive Committee (and was the 2003-2004 chair) of the real property law section of the California State Bar.

Personal affiliations

I am a past member and 1997-1998 president of the board of trustees of The Bishop's School in La Jolla. Until 1996, I was a drilling member of the Naval Reserve, and I have served as a board member and officer of Voices For Children, a local child advocacy organization. I am vice chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.


Robert (Bob) Buell

Luce Forward

600 West Broadway, Suite 2600

San Diego, CA 92101

rbuell@luce.com

(619) 236-1414

Education

Law School/Year: Pepperdine, 1994 (magna cum laude)

Other Graduate School/Year: Stanford, 1975

College/Year: Stanford, 1974

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Construction, Real Estate

Professional background

I represent commercial and residential owners, investors and developers of real estate projects, including shopping centers, major office projects and residential communities. I also represent owners in all types of lease transactions, including shopping center leases, office leases and ground leases. I also represent developers and owners in the negotiation and preparation of construction contracts.

I am currently the co-practice group leader for Luce Forward's Real Estate Group and served as Luce Forward's managing partner from 1998 through 2004.

Professional affiliations

As of July 1, 2006, chair of the board of directors of the YMCA of San Diego County; San Diego County Bar Association; past member, board of directors, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.; past special counsel to Presbytery of San Diego; past president, Torrey Pines High School Foundation Inc.; past counsel to and member, board of directors, Crime Victims Fund; past member, board of trustees, San Diego Museum of Man


Susan Daly

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

600 West Broadway, Eighth Floor

San Diego, CA 92101

sdaly@hsrgb.com

(619) 239-3444

Education

Law School/Year: University of San Diego, 1985

College/Year: University of Southern California, 1982

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

I have worked on the master-planned communities of Manele Bay and Koele, both located on the island of Lanai; the master-planned community of Princeville located on the island of Kauai; and the mixed-use Pinnacle Museum Tower high-rise project located in downtown San Diego.

Professional background

I specialize in representing developers of residential real estate developments. I have extensive experience in various types of subdivided lands projects in California, Hawaii, Arizona and Oregon -- condominiums, planned developments, standard subdivisions, mixed-use projects, mixed-use high-rise projects, residential master-planned communities, resort master-planned communities, golf course communities and custom home developments. I work regularly with builders and developers to obtain subdivision public reports from the California Department of Real Estate and approval of subdivision documents from local city and county planning departments.

Professional affiliations

My involvement with the real property section of the State Bar of California includes the following: adviser of the Executive Committee (1999-2000); vice chair of the Executive Committee (1998-1999); member of the Executive Committee (1996-1998); chair of the pro bono subsection (1997-1999); and Southern California chair of the common interest development subsection (1993-1996); member of the real property section (1989-present).

I have has been an instructor of the Condominium and Planned Developments program for the California Continuing Education of the Bar (1994); a speaker at the 13th Annual Retreat of the Real Property Section (Developer and Member ADR Procedures -- Common Interest Developments -- 1994). I have also been a speaker on a variety of real estate law topics to business groups and homeowners associations.


Michael Dullea

Old Republic Title Company

750 B St., Suite 3150

San Diego, CA 92101

mdullea@ortc.com

(619) 237-3101

Education

Law School/Year: Thomas Jefferson School of Law (formerly Western State University College of Law of San Diego), 1975

College/Year: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1970

Bar Admissions

California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy, Construction, Corporate Business, Insurance, Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

Title Defense case management, many years. Primary: Title insurance underwriting matters. Projects have included the East Village Redevelopment Project, San Diego, including Petco Park; the Otay Ranch, Chula Vista; many hotels, including the Hotel del Coronado; many office towers, including One America Plaza; many high-rise condominium towers, including The Harbor Club; conversion of mobile home parks into airspace condominiums; geothermal leases in Imperial County; pending hotel/condominium projects; pending mineral rights leases.

Professional background

2004 to present: Old Republic Title Co., senior vice president, senior underwriting counsel, Western Region Underwriting. Prior: 2001-2004, Stewart Title Co., vice president, California Underwriting Counsel; 1971-2001, vice president, associate regional counsel, Chicago Title. Long-time instructor of various real estate and business courses, universities, community colleges and law school lecturer.

Professional affiliations

Member, State Bar of California, American Bar Association, San Diego Bar Association; Member, Executive Committee, State Bar of California real property section; member, former president, Law Library Justice Foundation, San Diego; member, past chair, real property section, San Diego County Bar Association; member, past president, Thomas More Society; member: California Land Title Association with service on both Forms & Practices and Legislative committees; American Land Title Association

Personal affiliations

Former president, board member, Noah Homes, nonprofit provider of housing for Developmentally Disabled Adults; former little league volunteer umpire

Personal background

Veteran, U.S. Navy; married, four sons; one grandson, another one due Jan. 1.


Brian Fish

Luce Forward

600 West Broadway, Suite 2600

San Diego, CA 92101

bfish@luce.com

(619) 699-2424

Education

Law School/Year: Emory University, 1996

College/Year: UC San Diego, 1991

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Environmental, Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

I was lead counsel on three successful land use appellate matters over the past two years including several cases that may have significant impacts on the real estate industry. One published decision, Garner Anthony v. John Snyder et al., made more explicit the protections afforded landowners, developers and public agencies following issuance of Subdivision Map Act approvals. Another published decision, Mira Mar Mobile Community v. City of Oceanside et al., clarified several important California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues. In addition, I have represented both public and private clients at the trial court level and in many different administrative forums.

Professional background

I have spent the last nine plus years working on land use, real estate, redevelopment, Williamson Act and CEQA compliance issues for private and public clients throughout California. Representative projects include hundreds of millions of dollars in residential high-rises, large commercial shopping centers, mixed-use projects and traditional subdivisions. I have also served as lead counsel on numerous land use litigation cases. Prior to law school, I was a planner with the city of San Diego in the Development Services Department, and a Community Development Specialist with the city of San Diego Redevelopment Agency (Southeastern Economic Development Corp.).

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Building Industry Association's Metro Legislative Committee, Urban Land Institute and Downtown San Diego Partnership. I am presently a board member of HomeAid San Diego and I formerly served as a board member of the San Diego Fair Housing Council. I also currently serve as the co-chair of Luce Forward's Real Estate Practice Group

Personal background

I have been married for 10 years and have two children, Emma (age 5) and Russell (age 2 1/2). In addition to spending time with my family and reading, I am an active swimmer and runner and I enjoy outside activities of all kinds.


Julie Mebane

Duane Morris LLP

101 West Broadway, Suite 900

San Diego, CA 92101

jmebane@duanemorris.com

(619) 744-2211

Education

Law School/Year: UCLA School of Law, 1981

College/Year: UCLA, 1978

Bar Admissions

California; United States District Court, Southern District

Practice Areas

Construction, Corporate Business, Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

Major transactions I have been involved in: Major disposition of multiple FedMart sites to Target and Ralphs chains; development of office tower at 401 B Street in downtown San Diego; transfer of interest in Intercontinental Hotel to Marriott on San Diego Bay; 10-plus year involvement with development of Aviara project in Carlsbad, Calif.; development of Kelly Ranch project in Carlsbad, Calif.; representation of University of San Diego in multiple real estate matters; multi-state real estate secured financing for LaSalle Bank.

Professional background

Practiced in real estate area at Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye, 1981-1984; attorney in Real Estate Department of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, 1985-1989; practiced real estate law in La Jolla from 1990-1994 (Scalone, Stipanov, Yaffa & Mebane); partner of Stipanov & Mebane, real estate boutique, 1995-2004; partner of Duane Morris LLP in Real Estate Practice Group, 2004-2006. My entire career has been devoted to handling matters that involve transactional real estate law.

Professional affiliations

State Bar of California, real property section member; American Bar Association, member of real property, probate and trust section; San Diego County Bar Association, member of real estate section and environmental law and land use section; Lawyers' Club member

Personal affiliations

Past member of board of directors of UCLA Alumni Association; served as general counsel to UCLA Alumni Association from 1992-1996; past member of board of directors of National Association of Women Business Owners, San Diego Chapter; past member of board of directors of Episcopal Diocese of San Diego; current member of board of trustees of Francis Parker School; past leader of Girl Scout Troop 3320, 2003-2005

Personal background

I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but I grew up in Los Angeles. I lived briefly in Hawaii when my parents moved there during my high school years. I returned to California to attend UCLA and UCLA Law School. In addition to my law practice, I like to spend my spare time with my two kids and their school and sports activities. I also love travel, reading and sports.


Christopher Neils

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

501 West Broadway, 19th Floor

San Diego, CA 92101

Cneils@sheppardmulllin.com

(619) 338-6530

Education

Law School/Year: Harvard Law School, 1969

College/Year: University of Washington, 1966

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Corporate Business, Environmental, Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

My practice is transactional in nature and includes the acquisition and disposition of major real estate assets, including large tracts of undeveloped land, as well as land improved with commercial projects such as office buildings, industrial parks, shopping centers and hotels.

Examples of my work include: master-planned communities, representing the developer in regard to Aviara (including Four Seasons Hotel, Arnold Palmer golf course, as well as surrounding residential community) and Kelly Ranch; industrial development, Siempre Viva Business Park on Otay Mesa; hotel (besides Aviara), San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina and Le Meridian; urban development, Hazard Center and Ballpark Village in San Diego; retail, The Marketplace at Liberty Station.

Professional background

My practice embraces real estate, corporate and business transactions. For the last 20 years, most of my clients have been in the business of real estate development, many of them on significant projects. These projects include tracts of undeveloped land, as well as urban development and redevelopment. My experience and practice is broad, including acquisitions and due diligence, California Environmental Quality Act work and entitlements and land use permitting. It also includes structure and formation of entities and the financing of deals as well as infrastructure issues. My practice involves working with government at all levels, including the Coastal Commission and various resource agencies.

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the California State Bar, and the SD County Bar Association. I have served for years on the board of directors of the SD Regional Chamber of Commerce, and serve as its general counsel. I previously served for 4.5 years as a former member of the Planning Commission for the city of San Diego, including 18 months as its chair.

Personal affiliations

I serve on the board of trustees of The Bishop's School. I am a former member of the board of directors and board chair for the SD chapter of Children's Home Society. I am a member of the La Jolla Country Club, as well as the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Personal background

I was raised in a lumber town of 600 people in Washington state. I came to San Diego as a captain in the Marine Corps in 1970, and spent two years at Camp Pendleton. After a year on Okinawa, I finished my duty at MCRD and elected to stay here, beginning my law practice in March 1974. I have been with Sheppard Mullin since March 1986. I have been married for 24 years, and have two children, ages 20 and 23.


Nancy Scull

Luce Forward Hamilton and Scripps

600 West Broadway, Suite 2600

San Diego, CA 92101

nscull@luce.com

(619) 699-2457

Education

Law School/Year: USC, 1982

Other Graduate School/Year: Smith College

College/Year: Trinity College, 1970

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

Many of the major mixed-use and condominium projects in downtown San Diego, including the Legends, Santa Fe Grand, Albertsons, Electra and AlTA. Lead attorney on $160 million deal in Irvine involving sale of apartments for condo use. Worked on over $300 million in condo conversion transactions. Lead attorney on seven-year deal for a shopping center in Sacramento with Target, Sams and other major retailers.

Professional background

Teacher and director of gifted education for eight years prior to law school. Have been at Luce since 1982. Have served on all major committees at Luce. Am a current member of the law firm Executive Committee and was past chair of the real estate practice group.

Professional affiliations

Last year I was chairperson of the Downtown San Diego Partnership and am still on the Executive Committee of the partnership. Am the only attorney member appointed to the San Diego Urban Council and was appointed to the CBIA Urban Council.

Personal background

I am the mother of three, have been married for 35 years and my husband is a professor at UCSD. My daughter is a real estate attorney at Luce Forward. I love to cook and garden.


Bruce Shepherd

Latham & Watkins LLP

600 West Broadway, Suite 1800

San Diego, CA 92130

bruce.shepherd@lw.com

(619) 236-1234

Education

Law School/Year: University of California, Berkeley, 1983

Other Graduate School/Year: University of California, Berkeley, 1983

College/Year: Harvard College, 1979

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Construction, Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

The representation of buyers and sellers in numerous real estate purchase and sale transactions, including the following:

Transactions involving office building projects. Since 2002, I have handled purchase or sale transactions involving over 5 million square feet in the aggregate in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. These properties include Koll Center, the NBC Building, the SBC Building and One America Plaza in downtown San Diego, ARCO Plaza in downtown Los Angeles and the Landmark office/commercial project in San Francisco.

Transactions involving hotel, resort and golf course projects, including properties involving Omni, Solamar and Regency Properties assets. I have also represented hotel and golf course owners and operators in negotiating golf course development and/or management agreements.

Transactions involving shopping centers. For example, in 2004 through 2006, I represented an institutional investor in purchasing and later disposing of an interest in an over 500,000-square-foot shopping center in Hawaii, and in 2001 and 2002, I represented a publicly traded REIT in the acquisition (for approximately $240 million in cash and assumed mortgage debt) of five shopping centers in Florida.

The representation of developers, investors and lenders in connection with numerous redevelopment projects, including the following:

The representation of the San Diego Padres and JMI Realty in connection with aspects of San Diego's new downtown ballpark and related development. My work included site assemblage for the nine-block core of the ballpark district, reconfiguration of the property to facilitate the project, negotiation of the construction and joint-use arrangements for the ballpark with the city of San Diego, and negotiations with the redevelopment agency, private lenders and other parties regarding financing and construction for the Omni and Solamar hotels in the ballpark district.

The representation of the developer of the multi-use "Las Americas" international border crossing, shopping center and residential project at the San Diego/Tijuana border. I have led virtually all legal work involved with the project including site assemblage, the negotiation of public-private financing arrangements with the city of San Diego and its redevelopment agency, the negotiation of private equity and construction financing and the negotiation of the mixed-use arrangements to facilitate shopping center, office, governmental (including library and border inspections facilities) and residential uses within the same project. The project contemplates ultimate development of over 1,400,000 square feet of improvements and approximately 300 residential units.

Professional background

I am the managing partner in the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins LLP and a member of the firm's Finance Department. I have broad expertise in a wide array of real estate development, construction, leasing, finance and joint venture transactions.

Professional affiliations

Member, American and California State Bar Associations

Personal affiliations

Board of directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego County; a publicly-elected member of the school board for the Coronado Unified School District from 1998-2002 (serving as president of the board in 2001 and 2002); active as a coach in youth sports programs. I have managed little league teams in Coronado for over 10 years, and may well be the "losingest" manager in the history of the Coronado Little League!


Kenneth Stipanov

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

600 West Broadway, Suite 2600

San Diego, CA 92101

kstipanov@luce.com

(619) 699-2466

Education

Law School/Year: UCLA, 1981

College/Year: Stanford, 1978

Bar Admissions

California, U.S. District Court

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

I have wide experience in the area of commercial real property transactions. I have particular expertise in the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of neighborhood shopping centers, having been engaged in over $1 billion worth of such transactions in the last few years. I also have considerable experience representing landlords in leasing commercial, industrial and retail premises. I have represented borrowers on numerous financings, particularly permanent loans from life insurance companies, conduit lenders and other institutional lenders. Over the course of his career, I have represented a variety of clients, including closely-held portfolios, institutional-type investment companies, end-users and family groups.

Professional background

Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP, 2005-present; Stipanov & Mebane, APLC, 1994-2005; Scalone, Stipanov, Yaffa & Mebane (and predecessors), 1989-1994; Brobeck Phleger & Harrison 1988-1989; Aylward Kintz Stiska Wassenaar & Shannahan 1983-1988; Adam Duque & Hazeltine, 1981-1982

Professional affiliations

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); California State Bar real estate section; San Diego County Bar Association; co-chair, San Diego Bar Association real property section, 1991-92

Personal affiliations Sail Crew, San Diego Maritime Museum, committee chair, Boy Scout Troop 500, Point Loma, 2000-2002, UCLA Chancellor's Associates San Diego Committee, 1993-98, vestry member, senior warden, All Souls' Church, Point Loma, 1991-93

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