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Ellen Berkowitz

Partner 
601 West Fifth Street
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90071
 
Tel:
213.688.9500
Fax:
213.627.6342
 
 

Ellen Berkowitz provides strategic legal, business, and political advice to clients involved in the development of real property throughout California, with a particular emphasis on Southern California. She represents clients before government agencies in connection with land use approvals and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and also assists clients in related litigation, primarily arising from project challenges under CEQA and other land use regulations. Ellen regularly represents developers and property owners within the retail, residential, and industrial sectors, seeking to make more productive use of their properties.

Additionally, Ellen has an extensive background in governmental advocacy and represents clients in connection with local government contracting issues, compliance with governmental regulations, and political reform for a variety of sectors including airport concessions, billboards, energy, advertising, pipeline franchises, restaurants, health, and sports and entertainment.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of numerous mixed-use and residential developers, including condominium, multi-family housing, affordable housing, senior housing, historic preservation, urban infill and adaptive re-use projects, resulting in the development of thousands of housing units throughout California.
 
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Representation of international big box retail developer, including due diligence for acquisition and siting, land use entitlements, litigation, political strategy and compliance with California Environmental Quality, resulting in the development of millions of square feet of additional stores throughout California.
 
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Representation related to redevelopment and preservation of land use entitlements for large distressed asset portfolio throughout California.
 
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Representation of State Senator in connection with amicus filings before California Court of Appeal related to challenges to multi-billion dollar State of California High Speed Rail Project.
 
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Representation of concessionaires seeking government contracts with airport and local municipalities, including contracts related to duty free shopping facilities, foreign currency exchange services, media and advertising services and luxury terminals; representation includes preparation of responses to requests for proposals, bid protests, contract negotiation and legislative advocacy.
 
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Representation of developers of shopping centers; health-related, educational and financial institutions; alternative energy providers; hospitality, advertising, automotive industries.
 
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Representation of developers of industrial properties, including large logistics and distribution centers in Southern California.
 
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Representation of privately owned 120-acre Southern California cemetery, including land use entitlements for vertical expansion, neighbor complaints, regulatory compliance review, and political strategy and advocacy.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated, 17 years
 
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Daily Journal, Recognized as one of the "Top 25 Land Use Attorneys in California"
 
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The Best Lawyers in America, Recognized for Land Use and Zoning Law
 
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Global Law Experts, Recognized as "Real Estate Development Attorney of the Year in California," 2 years
 
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Recognized as one of Southern California's Most Influential Women in Real Estate, 2 years
 
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Los Angeles Magazine, Recognized as one of the "Women Leaders in the Law"
 
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Southern California Super Lawyer, 13 years
 
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American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, Recognized as a "Top Lawyer in Environmental"
 
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Fortune Magazine, Recognized as "Women Leaders in the Law"
 
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American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, Recognized as a "Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use & Zoning"
 
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American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, Recognized as a "Top Lawyer in Real Estate"
 
Published Works & Lectures
 
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California Land Use & Policy Reporter, California Assembly Bill 52, Author, "A Study in Frustration or a Legislative Success?" November 2015
 
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Natural Resources & Environment, Author, "The Emergence of the Renewable Energy Development Agreement," Fall, 2014
 
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Mortgage Banking Magazine, Author, "The Stress of Distressed Assets: Lenders Need to Think Twice About Foreclosing on Partially Completed Residential Developments," July 2009
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Greek Theatre Advisory Committee, Past Vice President
 
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Los Angeles Business Council
 
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LABC Institute, Founding Member and Secretary
 
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California Women's Law Center, Past President
 
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Central City Association of Los Angeles, Executive Committee
 

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Ellen  Berkowitz

Practice
Real Estate
Education
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1989; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; National Association of Women Lawyers - Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award; Fritz Burns Scholar, Loyola Law Review, Production Editor
B.A., Brandeis University; cum laude
 
 
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