Real Estate Transactions & Finance Associate (Attorney)

Industry: Real Estate Transactions and Finance
Office Location: Los Angeles
Job Req.#: 874

2049 Century Park East
Suite 1700
Los Angeles CA 90067
Phone: 310.312.4000

Brief Description:

Manatt is looking for innovative, forward-thinking associates with a minimum of three years of real estate transactions experience to join our Real Estate Transactions & Finance practice, led by Anita Famili, recognized as a Next Generation Partner in real estate by The Legal 500 US, and also named in the 2020 and 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

If you are entrepreneurially minded, and a builder, and you are looking to work alongside nationally recognized leaders in their fields, this might be the right opportunity for you.

Manatt’s unique professional services approach provides a combination of legal services and strategic business services - with a team of lawyers, land use planners, real estate brokers, and business strategy consultants - to meet the needs of our clients. With significant depth and experience across most real estate asset classes and all phases of development projects, we help clients navigate complex matters involving mixed use developments, hospitality, construction, debt and equity financings, joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, affordable housing, leasing, public/private transactions, and loan restructurings.

Manatt’s Real Estate Transactions & Finance team works collaboratively across offices and practices and engages in a wide range of transactions across our industry sectors, including hospitality, entertainment, retail and mixed use projects, technology and digital media, cannabis, energy/alternative energy, financial services, and fintech. Manatt’s unique professional services approach coupled with our deep industry expertise allows us to build relationships and develop credibility with clients and, in turn, perform cutting-edge work to help guide them through a dynamic, ever-evolving legal and business landscape. The team works with clients ranging from institutional owners to entrepreneurial developers to large corporate/technology companies. Our clients include companies such as Meta, Jay Paul, Avanath, Lowe Enterprises, international hotel companies, LACMA, Dignity Health, the largest national specialty grocer, The Macerich Company and Westfield.

We are looking for candidates with broad experience in real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, exchanges, ground leasing, commercial leasing, financing, construction, development, joint ventures, secured loans and workouts, with experience in hospitality and CC&Rs a plus. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in negotiating and drafting closing purchase and sale agreements, commercial and ground leases and subleases, mortgage loan documents, development agreements, construction contracts, property management agreements and other real estate transaction documents. Joint venture and project finance, as well as hotel management and license agreements and CC&R experience is a plus.


  • Minimum of three years of broad transactional real estate experience
  • Excellent writing, research and communication skills
  • A self-starter with the ability to juggle multiple, diverse projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Team-oriented attitude with an emphasis on collaboration
  • Effective and efficient problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently and proactively with confidence
  • Bar membership in good standing in the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Fostering diversity, equity and inclusion is a Manatt core value and fundamental to our organizational identity. We believe that a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we live, work and serve enriches Manatt’s culture and enhances our ability to understand our clients’ needs and develop better, more impactful solutions. Manatt’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee drives the firm’s efforts, working with firm leadership and engaging our legal, consulting and business professionals to create and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.

About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP is one of the nation’s preeminent law and consulting firms. We are known for quality, extraordinary commitment to clients, integrated, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized capabilities typically found only in boutique firms. We are progressive, entrepreneurial, and deeply committed to diversity, public service, involvement in the communities we serve and excellence in all we do.

Over the past decade, Manatt has transformed from a top law firm to a cutting-edge, hybridized strategy consulting and legal professional services firm. We are composed of lawyers, consultants, business advisors, venture investors, entrepreneurs and technologists committed to meeting the ever-evolving needs of our clients. Our clients include Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies in industries such as digital and technology; energy, environmental and real estate; entertainment; financial services; and healthcare. For more information on Manatt, visit

Join Us

If you want to join a future-thinking, entrepreneurially-minded team of passionate and driven professionals, we strongly encourage you to apply. All candidates must apply through our online application portal (apply here). Required application materials include a cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample (two to three pages from your academic or work experience of which you are the sole author).

EEO/AA EMPLOYER/Veterans/Disabled

Manatt is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, physical or mental disability, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, sex or gender (including gender identity, gender expression, status as a transgender or transsexual individual, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age (over 40), genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, sexual orientation, political activity or affiliation, genetic or and any other protected classes or characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Consistent with the American Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process.

The base annual pay range for this role is between $250,000-$415,000.  The base pay to be offered will vary and depend on skills and qualifications, experience, location and will also take into account internal equity.  Additional medical, financial and/or other benefits will be offered dependent on the position.

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