California Outdoor Advertising Association

Last week Marnie attended the annual membership meeting of the California Outdoor Advertising Association, joined by colleagues and clients in the outdoor advertising industry. Having participated in many of the earliest discussions with the City of Los Angeles and stakeholders and continuing to monitor proposed changes to the Los Angeles citywide sign ordinance that have […]

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Drafting A Successful Contract

What does it take to draft a successful contract?  Here’s a Venn diagram that summarizes what’s needed. Think about it.  Suppose the Parties agree they want to develop property, but don’t realize the zoning allows only agricultural land.  Even if they have compatible goals and expectations, they’re living in Fantasyland.  The property will remain agricultural […]

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5 Tips for Becoming a Successful Commercial Lessor

Owning and leasing commercial property can be profitable and rewarding, or a mental and financial drain. Lessors and real estate investors know that, when done correctly, a commercial rental property can offer significant opportunities for cash flow and long-term appreciation. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a first-time lessor of a commercial property, it […]

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Real Estate Matter/Object Lessons

A friend’s son came to see us for help in dealing with his commercial landlord. Our client had spent over six figures renovating hotel rooms and raising the revenue from zero to a substantial sum. After he completed his renovations and brought the hotel to profitability, the landlord gave him a thirty-day notice to quit. […]

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Women in Billboard Law

Billboard law is a unique practice area. The history of out of home advertising and the existence of billboards has traveled a long and winding road beginning with what some recall as the wide-open unregulated way to what now seems like a roadblock at every turn. From a real estate perspective, building, maintaining and operating […]

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