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Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Edgar Khalatian has joined the firm in Los Angeles as a partner in its Government & Global Trade group. Mr. Khalatian primarily represents investors and developers in all aspects of real estate transactions, focusing on land use entitlement matters and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance. He joins from Paul Hastings.

Mr. Khalatian has extensive experience in land use regulation and obtaining entitlements for real estate development projects, including residential development, mixed use projects, compliance with the CEQA, drafting development agreements, and water supply issues. He also has experience in the planning and implementation of all necessary steps involved in guiding Master Planned Communities from original design to completion, including challenges to project approvals. In addition, Mr. Khalatian has experience with SB 221 and SB 610 statutes on water supply. He also assists in the litigation of cases at both the trial and appellate level.

“Edgar is a highly-regarded real estate and land use attorney who has established a leading reputation handling high-profile development projects throughout California and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm,” said Phil Recht, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office. “He will add considerable strength to our existing government and real estate capabilities and greatly benefit both public and private sector clients across numerous industries.”

Mr. Khalatian has been involved with several high-profile and complex land use projects in California, including: a 3 million square foot mixed use project in downtown Los Angeles; an innovative 875,000 square foot mixed use project in Hollywood; a 225,000 square foot mixed use project on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood on the famed House of Blues site; and the addition of a 300,000 square foot Class A office building on a site adjacent to a hotel in Culver City. Additionally, he has represented the J. Paul Getty Trust for land use-related issues involving the Getty’s property holdings and its relations with the neighboring communities; Lennar/Heritage Fields in its project involving a 4,600-acre master planned community located on the former El Toro Marine Base in Irvine; and Newhall Land & Farming/Lennar in a 700-acre master planned community with 1,000 residential units located in Santa Clarita.

“The cross-sell between Mayer Brown’s world renowned real estate and government relations practices make the firm an ideal fit for the type of work I do—Mayer Brown is one of the only international firms that offers this type of experience,” said Mr. Khalatian. “I looking forward to working on high-profile and high-stakes land use issues and litigation that the firm’s clients face on a daily basis.”

As an active member of the land use community, Mr. Khalatian was recently appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Michael LoGrande, Director of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, to serve as a co-chair of the Los Angeles Zoning Advisory Committee. In this role, he will work with the Planning Department to revise the City’s outdated zoning code. Mr. Khalatian also currently serves on the board of directors for the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) and is chairman of VICA’s Land Use Committee. He is a licensed real estate broker and a registered lobbyist in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood.

Mr. Khalatian earned a JD from Southwestern University School of Law and a BS from California State University, Fullerton.