Manatt Grows National Real Estate Practice

Anita Famili Brings Extensive Real Estate, Project Development and Infrastructure Experience to Los Angeles Office.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, today announced that Anita Famili has joined the Los Angeles office as a partner in the Real Estate and Land Use practice. Famili comes to the firm from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Famili's practice focuses on real estate investment and development. She has more than a decade's experience representing developers, lenders and real estate investment trusts (REITs) in matters ranging from acquisitions, entitlement and finance to leasing and like-kind exchanges.

Famili has also worked in project development and infrastructure, representing owners, sponsors, developers and investors in transactions involving infrastructure assets, public-private development projects and other projects with significant government involvement. She has handled secured and unsecured financings, private placements of debt, leveraged acquisition financings, complex subordination and intercreditor arrangements, restructuring transactions, and distressed debt investments.

"Anita is not only a truly excellent real estate lawyer, she is well known for her energy and involvement in the community," said Tom Muller, co-chair of Manatt's Real Estate and Land Use practice group. "She has built a great practice handling some very complex projects. She's a terrific addition to our nationally recognized real estate team. We are delighted to have her join us."

"With more than 50 real estate professionals, Manatt's Real Estate and Land Use practice was clearly the best platform for continued growth of my practice," Famili said. "The firm is among the top in the nation for real estate and development. The opportunity to work with lawyers I've long admired was one I could not pass up. I am really happy to be joining Manatt."

Famili received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 2011 from the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was named one of Real Estate Forum's Women of Influence in 2009. She sits on the Los Angeles Community Involvement Committee, serves on the Executive Committee of Central City Association, and has served on the Planning Committee for the USC Real Estate and Business Law Forum.

Famili earned her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California.

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