Matthew C. Fragner
    Specializing in business and real estate transactions since 1978, Matthew C.
    Fragner earned his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
    (1978) and his B.A. from Yale University (1975).  Mr. Fragner has been
    involved in representing a variety of start-up, growing and mature businesses,
    as well as developers, lenders and tenants of high rise office buildings,
    shopping centers, single family and multi-family residential projects and
    industrial office parks, with particular expertise in leasing, sale/leaseback
    transactions, limited liability companies, redevelopment projects,
    private/public partnerships and complex multi-phased projects.

    Clients Mr. Fragner has represented include The CIM Group, Citicorp, Union
    Oil Company of California, General Electric Capital Corporation, Imperial
    Credit Commercial Mortgage Investment Corp., McDonald’s, Trammell
    Crow, Legacy Partners, Deutsche Financial Services, Merrill Lynch, Bank of
    America, N.T. & S.A., The Prudential Insurance Company of America, First
    Interstate Bank, Credit Lyonnais, Dunlop Tire Corporation, Christian Dior and
    Louis Vuitton.  

    From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Fragner was chair of the Commercial Development
    and Leasing Subsection of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and on
    the Real Property Section Executive Committee.

    Mr. Fragner has lectured at the University of Southern California Real Estate
    Development Graduate School (1995-1999) and to various local, state and
    national bar groups on Opinions in California Real Estate Loan Transactions
    (1987), Real Estate Aspects of Co-generation Facilities (1988), Reciprocal
    Easement Agreements (1990), Negotiating Agreements Between Tenants and
    Lenders (1991), Customizing Title Endorsements (1991), Alternative Pricing
    for Legal Services (1994), Tenant Improvement Work Letters (1994-1999),
    Nondisturbance, Subordination and Attornment Agreements (1996, 1997),
    Financing Ground Leases (1998, 1999), Environmental Disclosures (1999),
    Year 2000 Real Estate Issues (1999), Structuring Real Estate Ventures (2002,
    2003) and Miscellaneous Provisions (2004).  Mr. Fragner’s publications

    “Atlas Shrugged – Who Wrote This Damned Lease Provision Anyway?”  Los
    Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section Review (January,

    “Fine Print” – Los Angeles Lawyer (January, 1998) (cover article).

    “Tips for Buying Property Out of Bankruptcy” (with Peter J. Gurfein) – Los
    Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section Review (September/
    October, 1998).

    “Universal Document Drafting Checklist” – Los Angeles County Bar
    Association Real Property Section Review (March/April, 1998).

    “Sophisticated Use of Estoppel Certificates”-- Los Angeles County Bar
    Association Real Property Section Review (2004).

    “Insurance Deductibles as an Operating Expense”-- Los Angeles County Bar
    Association Real Property Section Review (2004).

    Norbert M. Seifert

    Mr. Seifert graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania,
    Wharton School in 1977 and from the NYU School of Law in 1980. While in
    law school, he was an editor of the Annual Survey of American Law and
    authored an article on mechanics' liens and state action that was published in
    the 1979 edition of that publication.

    For the past 30+ years, Mr. Seifert has been engaged in various aspects of
    real estate transactional law practice, including real estate acquisition and
    disposition, real estate finance (representing senior and subordinate lenders,
    originators of convertible debt and borrowers), loan defeasance and
    refinancings, loan restructuring, foreclosure/work-out and related matters,
    commercial leasing, entity formation and capitalization (including pre-
    formation structuring), and capital markets transactions (debt, equity and  

    Mr. Seifert’s clients have included institutional lenders and advisors (including
    banks and finance companies, investment banks and investment funds) and
    property developers and owners, including developers of large retail, flagged
    hospitality and multifamily residential properties, such as CIBC, Column
    Financial/CS First Boston, Calyon (France), Transwestern and Rothbart
    Development Corp. and their affiliates.  He has negotiated and completed
    leases and pad sales on behalf of shopping center owners with various
    national and regional chain tenants, including Starbucks, Payless Shoesource,
    Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, Office Depot, Petsmart, Nordstrom,
    Barnes & Noble, Hallmark, Chevron, In N Out, Walgreens, Ross Stores and
    California Pizza Kitchens, among others. He also has represented The CIM
    Group, George Smith Partners, Inc., Tutelian Development Partners, Haseko
    Corporation, Accord Interests and others in projects including the purchase
    of a 30+ property office portfolio for over $1.4 billion, the refinancing and
    subsequent sale of a Marriott Residence Inn Hotel near Beverly Hills, the
    financing (including providing a California enforceability legal opinion) of a
    60+ story office tower in Downtown Los Angeles, the structured $1.5 billion
    financing of an office portfolio (including a mortgage loan and simultaneous
    multiple tiers of mezzanine loans), two separate refinancings of a large retail
    shopping center in Bakersfield, CA anchored by Wal-Mart, Michaels, Ross,
    Target and Home Depot stores, bulk sales of multifamily mortgage loans by
    an originator for bulk-up in anticipation of securitization, originations and
    documentation of forward commitments in support of construction loans for
    affordable housing projects, documentation and collateralization of deferred
    fee arrangements, sales of Century City office buildings, sales of retail
    shopping centers and developed parcels within retail shopping centers, and a
    wide variety of other transactions.  Mr. Seifert worked for three years as
    Senior VP, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of a real estate
    investment trust that he helped form and take public in a 1997 $500+ million
    IPO (former symbol: ICMI). While at ICMI, he was one of four members of
    its Executive Investment Committee, responsible for making all of ICMI’s
    investment decisions. He also negotiated and documented various credit
    facilities ($800 million in two warehouse facilities, a $25 million repo facility
    and numerous term loans), managed all outside counsel, all day-to-day legal
    affairs (including employment, consultant, executive compensation, retention
    and severance, corporate facilities, operations and compliance issues), and
    managed the legal aspects of a successful stock-for-cash merger of ICMI
    into another public company.  Before working at ICMI, Mr. Seifert was a
    partner in the real estate departments of the Los Angeles offices of
    Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons, LLP) and Mayer, Brown &
    Platt (now Mayer Brown, LLP), and before that he worked for several years
    as an associate attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York

    Mr. Seifert has lectured on real estate securitization and other topics to real
    estate finance classes at UCLA's Anderson School of Business and UCLA
    Extension (both introductory and advanced classes), and on jurisdictional
    issues for a program on REITs presented by the American Bar Association's
    Business Law Section entitled Battle of the Boundaries: MD v. DE v. VA.  

    Mr. Seifert is licensed to practice law in both California and New York.  He
    practices law in the Firm’s West Los Angeles office.

    Mr. Pace obtained his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees from the
    University of Southern California (1988 and 1995, respectively). For Mr.
    Pace’s first nine years as a lawyer, he practiced with Sonnenschein Nath &
    Rosenthal, where he became a partner in 2003. His experience includes
    extensive representation of numerous banks, insurance companies and other
    institutional lenders, with a concentration in real estate secured lending and
    commercial finance, involving structuring, documenting and negotiating
    conventional, construction and mezzanine loans, acquisition loans, revolving
    credit facilities, conduit loans, letter of credit facilities, portfolio acquisitions,
    receivable purchase facilities, the sale and participation of loans, asset
    securitizations, workouts, recapitalizations, syndicated credit facilities and
    joint ventures.  Mr. Pace has expertise in a broad range of corporate and real
    estate transactions, including commercial and retail leasing, ground leasing,
    affordable housing, tax deferred exchanges, construction and architectural
    agreements, foreclosures and restructurings and equipment leasing.  

    Clients that Mr. Pace has represented include Citibank Private Bank, The CIM
    Group, Napa Community Bank, Imperial Credit Commercial Mortgage
    Investment Corp., Katell Investment Company, Unocal Land and
    Development Company and Union Bank of California.

    Risa B. Winograd

    Ms. Winograd obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of
    California, Los Angeles, cum laude, in 1987, and her J.D. degree from Loyola
    Law School in 1991, Order of the Coif.  Before joining the Firm, Ms.
    Winograd practiced for over seven years at Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine and
    Regenstreif, as senior counsel in its  real estate department, and before that,
    for over six years at Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil &
    Shapiro.  She regularly engages in the negotiating, structuring, drafting and
    preparation for execution of lease (including long and short-term office, retail,
    industrial and telecommunications leases, ground leases and tenant
    improvement agreements), license agreements, equipment leases and
    easement agreements.  She has reviewed, negotiated and drafted numerous
    real property acquisition (purchase/exchange), disposition, construction and
    architectural agreements.

    Clients that Ms. Winograd has represented include:  California State Teachers’
    Retirement Fund; Arden Realty, Gore Technology Group; Marvel
    Entertainment, Pandemic Studios, FoodBrand, MJW Investments, Shoe
    Pavilion, Skechers and Lakeshore Learning Stores.

    Pamela K. Prickett

    Ms. Prickett has a long and distinguished career as a California transactional
    real estate attorney. A graduate of Stanford University with distinction in 1976
    and Stanford University School of Law in 1979, Ms. Prickett has for 30 years
    resolved complex legal issues in a wide variety of sophisticated financing,
    ownership, leasing and development transactions involving commercial real
    estate. Ms. Prickett is a highly regarded expert on legal issues related to hotel
    ownership, management and finance. She also is well known for her
    extensive legal work related to leasing of high profile commercial office and
    retail premises. Ms. Prickett’s practice includes representation of numerous
    clients in connection with the development, ownership and operation of mixed
    use, office (including medical office), hotel, retail and other commercial
    properties. Ms. Prickett also is experienced in tax advantaged investment and
    finance. Ms. Prickett has represented Indian Tribes on real estate matters
    regarding both tribal lands and real estate investments.  

    Ms. Prickett is member of the Los Angeles County and American Bar
    Associations. Real Estate Southern California magazine has named Ms.
    Prickett as one of the 50 “Women of Influence” among women professionals
    in the California real estate industry. Ms. Prickett also serves as a Board
    Member for the Arthritis Foundation – Southern California and Nevada
    Chapter.  Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Prickett was a partner in the Los
    Angeles office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP.

    Eric Rubenfeld

    Mr. Rubenfeld is in his third decade of helping clients solve challenging legal
    and regulatory problems. He is a practical, businessman’s lawyer with
    experience working both at large private law firms and in executive in-house
    positions crafting cost-effective, sensible solutions to clients’ needs.
    Before returning to private law practice with our Firm in 2017, Mr. Rubenfeld
    served for over 10 years with several large institutional investment advisors
    specializing in private and public equity investments in real estate,
    infrastructure and corporate debt and equity, including as general counsel and
    chief compliance officer. In those roles, Mr. Rubenfeld helped to organize
    and advise numerous private and public funds, including public and private
    REITs, listed and unlisted business development companies, and CLOs and
    other structured investment vehicles in their deployment and harvesting of
    billions of dollars of capital. Before that, Mr. Rubenfeld practiced both
    corporate law and litigation at several preeminent New York City and
    Washington D.C. law firms, including Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &
    Jacobson LLP, Arnold & Porter (now Arnold & Porter, Kaye Scholer LLP)
    and Proskauer Rose LLP. While there, he advised several leading financial
    institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and J.
    P. Morgan, in securities and structured product offerings and represented
    private and public companies in litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Mr. Rubenfeld’s legal experience encompasses the entire range of issues
    confronting today’s business enterprises, including asset acquisitions,
    dispositions and financings, fund formation and capital raising, securities
    offerings and reporting, regulatory compliance, insurance coverage, and
    employment, real estate and commercial litigation. In addition, as a senior
    executive, Mr. Rubenfeld directly managed his companies’ compliance, risk
    management, and human resources teams, and served on their investment,
    asset management, disclosure and other operational committees.
    Mr. Rubenfeld earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Harvard Law School in
    1995 and his B.A., magna cum laude and with college and departmental
    honors, from UCLA in 1991. He is licensed to practice law in New York.

    Andrew S. Kwok

    Mr. Kwok’s career as a corporate attorney is long and distinguished.  He
    graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Magna Cum Laude in 1990
    and Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in
    1994.  Immediately prior to joining our Firm, Mr. Kwok practiced law with
    the legal department of the U.S. capital markets division of RBS, where he
    served in a number of senior legal roles, from heading legal coverage in the U.
    S. for structured credit to, more recently, Latin America, structured finance
    and non-core markets.  Prior to joining RBS, he was a partner in the
    corporate law group of the law firm McKee Nelson and, before that, Fried,
    Frank, Harris, Schriver & Jacobson LLP, both in New York City.  He had
    been elevated by the latter firm to partner after working there for several
    years as an associate attorney. Mr. Kwok began his legal career as an
    associate attorney with Proskauer Rose LLP, also in New York City.
    With almost 20 years of sophisticated financial products and corporate
    experience, Mr. Kwok is an expert on legal issues related to structured
    finance and securitized products (CLO’s, CMBS, RMBS, ABS and the like).  
    He also is well known for his extensive legal work related to special out-of-
    court restructuring situations involving certain of RBS’s largest and most
    complex legacy exposures.  

    Mr. Kwok is a partner in the Firm’s Downtown Los Angeles office.  He is a
    member of the New York bar.  Mr. Kwok’s practice continues to focus on
    sophisticated financial products, private equity and general corporate matters.  

    Jaron R. Fragner

    Mr. Fragner graduated from Loyola University Maryland, cum laude, in 2012,
    and received his Juris Doctor degree from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline
    School of Law in 2015. Before joining the Firm, Mr. Fragner was an
    Associate Attorney at a Philadelphia, PA law firm, where among other things
    he represented insurers and their insureds in premises liability, environmental
    coverage and mass tort litigation. Mr. Fragner is able to apply his professional
    experience in and knowledge of the insurance industry and risk management
    to his practice, which includes negotiating, structuring, drafting and preparing
    leases (including office and retail leases, ground leases and tenant
    improvement agreements). While he was in law school, Mr. Fragner also was
    an intern in the legal department of Orleans Homes, a large regional
    homebuilder, where he gained experience working with HOAs and preparing
    various easements and conveyancing documents. Mr. Fragner is licensed to
    practice law in California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. When he is not
    practicing law, Mr. Fragner is actively involved with USA Rugby, having
    coached, refereed, and played across the country for over a decade.

    Alex Flumenbaum

    Mr. Flumenbaum is an associate attorney in the Firm’s Downtown Los
    Angeles office. Since joining the Firm, Mr. Flumenbaum has represented
    clients in a variety of real estate matters. His practice includes, among other
    areas, property acquisition, retail and commercial leasing and loan
    restructuring transactions.

    Mr. Flumenbaum earned his B.A. in English and psychology from Boston
    University in 2011 and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in
    2015, where he was a member of the Emory University School of Law Real
    Estate Society.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Flumenbaum was a summer
    associate with Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the nation,
    where his duties consisted of conducting legal research on immigration law,
    homelessness prevention law and landlord/tenant law, among other topics.
    Mr. Flumenbaum also worked with Thrifty Oil Company, where he worked
    on a variety of matters in connection with real estate acquisition and

    Mr. Flumenbaum has a passion for real estate and public interest law.  He is
    admitted to practice in California.
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