Manatt Adds Noted Real Estate Attorney Tom Muller
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 5, 2008 – Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the national law and consulting firm, announced today that Tom Muller has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner. Mr. Muller has substantial experience representing publicly-held and private companies and financial institutions in virtually all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Muller was previously a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
"Manatt’s strategic growth plan is to enhance key practices in core markets," said William T. Quicksilver, Manatt's Chief Executive and Managing Partner. "Attracting talented attorneys like Tom Muller, who has followed his former O’Melveny colleagues Masood Sohaili and Steve Edwards to Manatt, is essential to this plan, especially building as it does on our recent combination with the real estate and litigation firm Steefel, Levitt & Weiss."
Mr. Muller works with industrial and retail real estate investment trusts, and other public and private entities, focusing on acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, land use and entitlement, finance, hospitality projects, workouts and restructuring and international transactions.
"I wanted a firm with lawyers of the highest caliber and real depth in the real estate practice, and I’ve found both at Manatt," said Mr. Muller. "The range of experience and expertise in this firm is tremendous."
"Tom continues our efforts to further expand the breadth and depth of our already outstanding real estate and land use practice," said Keith Allen-Niesen, Co-chair of Manatt’s Real Estate and Land Use practice. "His level of expertise and deep relationships in the real estate industry make him a critical part of our growth strategy for the practice and the firm."
Mr. Muller received his J.D. in 1981, cum laude and Order of the Coif, from New York University, where he was the Articles Editor of the New York University Law Review. He also received a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from NYU in 1982, and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Yale University in 1975. Mr. Muller is admitted in New York and California and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development, as well as at Loyola Law School. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association and the Executive Committee of the USC Gould School of Law Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business.
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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, provides legal and consulting services to a global client base from offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, Sacramento and San Francisco, California; New York City and Albany, New York; and Washington, D.C. Manatt includes Manatt Health Solutions, a healthcare policy and strategic business advisory group, and ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that develops and implements strategies to expand client businesses and facilitate their effective competition in global markets. For more information, visit www.manatt.com, www.manatthealthsolutions.com and www.manattjones.com.