Salvador P. LaViña, Department Chair

Salvador P. LaViña heads the Real Estate and Corporate Departments. He has over 26 years of experience closing complex transactions and strategic advising.

Since 2007, Sal has closed or supervised over $3.5 billion of transactions, including many marquee deals. His areas of expertise include the following:

  • Real estate transactions, especially acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, multifamily, 1031 exchanges and TICs, real estate fund formation, and multi-state matters
  • Corporate transactions, especially mid-market M&A, stock and asset transactions, fund formation, syndication, private placements, and extensive representation of early stage company entrepreneurs and investors
  • Strategic advising and business litigation, including complex workouts, crisis management, and investor and LLC disputes

Sal started his career at O’Melveny & Myers, and since then he has run law firms and businesses, including as a managing partner of a business law firm, and general counsel and a partner in a development company.

Real Estate

  • Closed several significant multi-family deals in 2011-2015 in Arizona, California, Colorado, Tennessee, Nevada, Washington, and other states
  • Closed several of the largest multifamily acquisitions in Arizona, including a 700-unit multiphase transaction and syndication
  • Represented investment companies and family offices in 1031 exchanges, TICs, refinancing, equity investment, REIT transactions
  • Closed a $400 million acquisition of a multistate portfolio of properties
  • Represented multifamily investment company in acquisitions, dispositions, financing of over $350 million of multifamily transactions in 15 states
  • Represented several family offices and closely-held companies in fund formation, creation of investment entities
  • Represented the preferred equity investor in a $90 million hotel land and development deal
  • Represented pension fund advisor in acquisitions of over $200 million of shopping centers in seven states
  • Represented mezzanine lender on $75 million loan on major New York hotel, and workout work, including sale of note
  • Raised $60 million for Mammoth resort development, plus land use, finance, construction, sales and marketing
  • Served as special redevelopment counsel for several local cities, including the sale of the largest outlet mall in Los Angeles

Corporate and Business

  • Represents several early stage companies, including a cutting edge e-commerce company, the Barfly happy hour social club app, Wherefor.com travel app
  • Represented seller in a $100 million+ stock sale of an oil company
  • Created private equity funds, and investment vehicles for several investor groups, including family offices, individual investors, celebrities and music industry notables
  • Represented live music event company in transaction with major music conglomerate, SFX IPO,  roll-up, investment, and ticket sales agreements
  • Represented the stalking horse bidders and lead investors in the AVP Volleyball Tour acquisition from bankruptcy
  • Represented one of the fastest-growing diversified mobile content and marketing companies in a stock acquisition and restructure

Business Litigation and Crisis Management

  • Represented major live music event company in major crisis management dealing with public agencies, and related negotiations
  • Represented restaurant investment company in hostile takeover of a landmark Hollywood property and management company
  • Represented major real estate foreclosure advisory company in crisis management dealing with state agencies, media coverage