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Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium

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November 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm 6:30 pm

Presented by the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Real Property Section of the California Lawyers Association

This symposium features three panels comprising prominent California attorneys and industry insiders, who will discuss selected trends and developments in commercial real estate that affect practitioners today and will impact the future of commercial real estate. Earn 3.75 MCLE credits!

Note: For CLA members, please create a free account with LACBA in order to register. Or call (800) 896-6560.


1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Intro

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Panel 1: Homelessness (1.25 hrs of CLE Credit)

A Need for Shelter: Practical Solutions for a Seemingly Intractable Problem During the Era of Covid-19 and Racial Inequities.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, addressing homelessness suffered yet another major setback.  COVID-19 has caused delays in construction and stifled construction lending for affordable housing.  Unemployment has skyrocketed as jobs have vanished (many of which employed minorities and/or lower income workers).  As a result, we are likely to witness a significant increase in evictions once the applicable moratorium periods expire.  Our panel of experts will discuss the pre- and post-COVID-19 hurdles to affordable housing and to resolving racial inequities and address possible solutions.

  • Paul Habibi, Principal, Habibi Properties, LLC; Principal at Grayslake Advisors, LLC; and lecturer at UCLA School of Law and UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Gary Blasi, Professor, UCLA School of Law
  • Lewis C. Horne, President, CBRE Pacific Southwest Division
  • Anita Nelson, CEO, SRO Housing Corporation
  • Theane Evangelis, Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
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2:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. | Panel 2: Leasing (1.25 hrs of CLE Credit)

Retail Leasing in the Time of COVID: Treading Water Until We Get to the Other Side
Join this panel reflecting the perspectives of the landlord, tenant, lender, and attorney, as they discuss the myriad current challenges in the retail leasing world.  Topics will include the allocation of risk and sharing of the pain during these unprecedented times; creative solutions for relief and the redesign of space to create safe and functional spaces; maximizing business operations until fully reopening; and what the panelists anticipate for the future of the retail experience.

  • Timothy Hutter, Partner, Allen Matkins
  • Matt Olsen, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, Torrey Pines Bank
  • Diane Hvolka, Co-Chair Real Estate Leasing Practice Group, Cozen Oā€™Connor
  • Donna Wanser, Vice President of Real Estate and Property Management, Panda Restaurant
  • Rory A. Packer, General Counsel of The ARBA Group
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4:05 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. | Panel 3: Finance (1.25 hrs of CLE Credit)

The New Normal: Negotiating Loan Modifications During the COVID-19 Era
This finance panel with speakers representing borrowers and lenders, including lawyers and business people, will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on commercial loans, including trends in structuring and documenting loan modifications necessitated due to the effects of COVID-19, with an emphasis on the hardest hit areas of real estate such as retail and hospitality.  Everything from the simple band-aid extension modifications to complicated re-structures and workouts will be discussed as borrowers and lenders are navigating the waters of decreased gross revenues, force majeure delays, unattainable financial covenants and looming maturity dates. 

  • Arsineh Baghdasarian, Director and Counsel, ACORE Capital
  • Aimee Contreras-Camua, Partner, Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP
  • Michael H. Davis, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Marcus Neupert, Legal Consultant to Canyon Partners Real Estate LLC
  • Nader Pakfar, Founding Partner, Sutton, Pakfar, & Courtney LLP
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(until Nov.1)

$25 ā€“ Barristers/CLE+ members
($50 after Nov. 6)
$35 – Real Property Section and CLA Real Property members
($60 after Nov. 6)
$50 for LACBA/*CLA members/Affiliate Bar members
($75 after Nov. 6)
$75 for All others
($95 after Nov. 6)
$0 for Law students

Once you have completed your LACBA registration, on the date of the event you will receive a link from Zoom that will allow you to join the webinar directly. In order to receive participatory CLE credit, registrants must participate in the webinar via Zoom.  LACBA cannot provide CLE credit to those who only listen to the program audio by phone.  Individuals wishing to receive CLE credit must register independently.

Important Information:
Please log in to Zoom at least 10 minutes before the program time.
You will receive a certificate of attendance via email in 7-10 business days.


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Diamond Sponsor

  • CBRE

Platinum Sponsor

  • Allen Matkins
  • Cozen O’Connor
  • Sklar Kirsh LLP

Gold Sponsor

  • Buchalter
  • Law Offices of Trudi J. Lesser
  • Signature Resolution

Proudly Supported By Our Co-Sponsoring Bars

Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California | Asian Pacific Bar American BarĀ Association | Black Women Lawyers Association of LosĀ Angeles, Inc. | California Association of Black Lawyers | Korean American Bar Association of Southern California | Japanese American Bar Association | The Mexican American Bar AssociationĀ 

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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