Justin X. Thompson is a partner advising commercial and industrial developers, investors, lenders and property owners on all aspects of real estate transactions— including financing, development, leasing (including ground leasing), workouts and loan restructurings, land exchanges, sale-leasebacks, property management arrangements and joint ventures.
I represent clients across the spectrum of the real estate industry, from acquisition, financing and development to leasing and disposition. I have also handled an extensive number of loan restructuring and broken development projects—working with investors, lenders and developers to reposition assets and deploy resources in a manner that facilitates the best outcome under trying circumstances. Projects I have worked on have ranged from industrial, health care and student housing to mixed-use, commercial and office buildings.
I have a special place in my heart for development work (including acquisition and construction financing) and the attendant complexities that it brings. As a veteran of the last downturn, I am no stranger to the nuances of workouts and loan restructurings and the need for creativity when it comes to revisiting transactions in trying times to make them viable. I am particularly passionate about the need to redeploy and reuse real estate for purposes that are in line with and responsive to the current economic climate and our clients’ objectives and I seek to work with stakeholders to achieve that goal in an efficient and thoughtful manner.
Despite the pandemic and related challenges, healthcare remains an area of strong growth. The increased prevalence of smaller, more strategically located, urgent care facilities and medical service providers in shopping plazas has further fueled this already burgeoning sector of the real estate market. As the medical requirements of older generations continue to increase and consumption habits and preferences of younger generations continue to evolve, the need for creative and viable healthcare real estate options will only increase in the coming years.
While real estate is undoubtedly a late adopter of technology, there can be no denying the impact that technology is poised to have on the market in the coming years. With the impending introduction of autonomous vehicles and drones, there is almost no aspect of the real estate industry that will remain untouched by the technological advancements introduced over the coming decade. Closing processes and procedures will be forced to evolve, development and financing practices will streamline (or be abandoned altogether) and the very notion of what comprises highest and best use (a guiding principle of real estate use) will be redefined. From a legal standpoint, technology will usher in a host of previously unknown considerations to be addressed. By anticipating these considerations, we are better able to advise our clients on likely impacts and opportunities.
The acute need for strategically located real property necessitates creative solutions for supply. Subdivision and development of land and airspace in denser or more desirable areas provide a key means of filling this need. In my career, I have acquired hands-on experience with the pitfalls and peculiarities of the subdivision process, (including California’s Subdivision Map Act), airspace subdivisions and condominium structures of ownership. This experience has allowed me to help clients identify and act on opportunities. I have successfully applied this skillset in industrial, office, retail, healthcare, and higher education projects to help clients maximize their return on real estate assets.
These are uncertain times and our world is poised to change in some profound ways in response to the pandemic and related impacts. Real estate will always be essential to how we function as a community and society, however, recent world events, when coupled with the advent and adoption of autonomous vehicles, drones and other proptech make it a virtual certainty that we will see fundamental changes in best practices, highest and best use and deployment of our real estate resources. Early awareness of the coming changes and their pending impact on the real estate industry sets us apart from our competition and allows us to most effectively advise our clients.
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, J.D., Regional Editor and Member of Journal of Law and Education
The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A.
In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.
Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson wrote this column analyzing the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on residential real estate, including the possible end of the two-car garage.
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