Williams & Associates
Quality Real Estate and Business Law Legal Services For Businesses Nationwide
What’s New Fall 2020

Norma Williams was the Moderator and a Panelist on a commercial real estate program at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys entitled “Loan Defaults and Two Not So Tough Acts to Follow,” highlighting strategies for loan workouts and practice under the Uniform Assignment of Rents Act and the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act, September, 2020

What’s New Winter 2020

“2020 Legislative Changes Affecting California Commercial Real Property,” Attorney at Law Magazine (Los Angeles Edition, (Volume 6, No. 1, 2020)

Norma Williams was selected statewide to receive the inaugural Excellence in Practice Award given by the California Lawyer’s Association’s Solo and Small Firms Section; Award Ceremony, June, 2019

Selected Recent Transactions:

Representation of bank in loan modification adding California shopping center owned by new guarantor as additional collateral

Representation of employees credit union in refinance loan secured by Southern California shopping center.

Local counsel in financing transaction for the construction of a Performing Arts Center at a Southern California private high school, using the federal New Markets Tax Credit program

Re-structure of limited partnership interests in partnership owning major transit-oriented multi-family real estate project

Holding company formation and advice on real estate subsidiary structure

Transaction counsel in initial phase of re-structure of limited partnership interests in partnership owning major multi-family real estate project

Recent Publications:

“2019 California Laws Affecting Commercial Real Property,” Attorney at Law Magazine (Los Angeles Edition (Vol. 5, No. 2, 2019)

“Priority Of Liens On California Real Property, Part 2: Subordination Agreements,” Points of Interest Magazine (California Mortgage Association, Spring, 2019)

“Priority Of Liens On California Real Property, Part 1: General Rules of Priority, Deeds of Trust,” Points of Interest Magazine (California Mortgage Association, Fall, 2018)

Real Estate Leasing

We have represented commercial landlords and tenants in office, retail and industrial space lease and ground lease transactions. We have handled leases for all sizes of premises ranging from 1200 square feet for a retail studio tenant to 800,000 square feet for a major corporate utility client.

Our leasing work has included origination, assignments and subleases, lease renegotiations and workouts, lease terminations and leasehold financing matters. We have represented institutions in connection with their corporate real estate needs and financial institutions in their real estate transactions involving branches and other facilities for operations.

We have developed form lease documentation for projects and have handled lease negotiations for landlords and tenants in a variety of settings. We have also conducted limited reviews of leases providing comment only and have prepared abstracts (summaries) of leases. We also have extensive experience in due diligence review of leases in connection with purchases and financing of commercial real estate.

Our transactional services have also extended to operations at leased premises including property management, leases audits and leasing issues in connection with sales of businesses.

Leasing Transactions: Clients and Transactions

  • Representation of regional childcare provider as tenant in eight leasing transactions to acquire space for operations Representation of foreign-based biotech company in due diligence and proposed lease review required prior to acceptance of letter of intent including evaluation of municipal and third party requirements (see Testimonial on Firm Website)
  • Representation of regional child care provider as tenant in leasing approximately 8500 square feet of uniquely configured space in three different areas of a church complex and including new installations Representation of law firm tenant in lease of space in major downtown Los Angeles office building owned by a life insurance company

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