Edgar Khalatian is a partner in Mayer Brown's Los Angeles office. He primarily represents investors and developers in all aspects of real estate transactions, focusing on land use entitlement matters and CEQA compliance.
Edgar has extensive experience in land use regulation and obtaining entitlements for real estate development projects, including residential development, mixed use projects, compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, 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, he 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 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 issue 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.
As an active member of the land use community, Edgar was recently appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Michael LoGrande, Director of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, to serve as co-chair of the Los Angeles Zoning Advisory Committee. In this role, he regularly works with the Planning Department to revise the City’s outdated zoning code. He also is chairman of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association’s ’s Land Use Committee. The Daily Journal recently named Edgar one of California’s Top 50 Development lawyers. Edgar was also recently named a “Super Lawyer” and has been selected to the 2015 Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a licensed real estate broker and a registered lobbyist in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood.