• Steve Edwards

    Real Estate and Land Use
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    Costa Mesa
    Direct: 714.371.2546
    General: 714.371.2500
    Fax: 714.371.2550


    New York University School of Law, J.D., 1973.
    Root-Tilden Scholar.
    Law Review (1971-1973).


    Lehigh University, B.A., with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1969.

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    Steve Edwards is a partner in the Orange County office.

    Steve has a broad background in real estate and real estate law, including in-house experience in the real estate industry, and serving as the co-chair of the real estate practice for an international law firm. He has been active in virtually all aspects of the acquisition, sale, exchange, financing, ground leasing, leasing, and development of improved and unimproved real estate for both individual and institutional clients. His practice has emphasized the representation of both developers and capital providers in the formation of joint ventures, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies for the acquisition and development of housing and commercial properties. 

    Steve also has considerable experience representing lenders, partners, and landlords in workout situations, including the evaluation, purchase and sale of nonperforming loans, REO, and distressed assets in individual and portfolio transactions.

    Steve’s clients have included pension advisors, real estate investment trusts, investment banking firms, commercial banks, residential and commercial developers, and a number of individual real estate investors.

    Representative Clients 
    Avanath Capital Management, BNSF, Boston Private Bank & Trust, Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc., Central Pacific Bank, CityView, Douglas Wilson Companies, ICI Development Company, LePlastrier Development Company, MBK Homes, Mickel Trust, Opus Bank, Orange County Fair & Event Center, PIMCO, Resmark Equity Partners, TIAA-CREF. 

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards

    Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004, 2006, 2008 – 2014.

    Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2006-2015.

    The Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2016.

    Selected, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate Law


    Coauthor, “The Multifamily Upcycle Still Has Legs,” Multi-Housing News, October 24, 2014.
    Quoted, “HighTechLending Brings David Smith on Board,” GlobeSt.com, September 9, 2014.

    Co-author, “The Rise of Private Fund Lenders,” GlobeSt.com, July 28, 2014.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California.

    Member, California Bar Association, Real Property Law Section.


    Speaking Engagements