Four Prominent Attorneys Join JDTP’s Westlake Village Office From National Law Firm

January 23, 2014

IRVINE, CA – Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh is pleased to announce the addition of four prominent attorneys to the Firm’s Westlake Village Office. The attorneys, Andrew Begun, Thomas Cohen, Charles (“Chuck”) Cohen, and Carrie Deck were previously members of a national law firm with a significant California presence. These seasoned attorneys, who have been practicing in the Ventura and Los Angeles region for many years, bolster the Firm’s Land Use Development and Real Estate Services Groups. The inclusion of Charles Cohen and Thomas Cohen brings the number of Land Use Development attorneys up to 12 and the addition of Andrew Begun and Carrie Deck raises the number of Real Estate attorneys to 12. JDTP, which is a top 20 law firm in Orange County, now has the largest Land Use and Real Estate practice located in the Ventura and North LA County region.

Attorney profile photo - Andy Begun Andrew Begun (Real Estate) represents commercial real estate developers, owners, lenders and equity investors in a wide range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales, commercial leasing, joint ventures, secured financings and credit enhancements, and the origination, servicing and defeasance of securitized loans. Andy additionally has significant experience in the representation of construction and permanent lenders under Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and similar conventional and multifamily affordable housing loan programs, including bond and low-income housing tax credit transactions.
Attorney profile photo - Tom Cohen Thomas Cohen (Land Use Development) provides legal, strategic and project management services for clients through the entitlement, environmental review, political and public outreach process for clients seeking entitlements and permits to construct industrial, office, residential and retail projects in communities throughout California. He has significant experience with federal, state and local regulations affecting development projects, including land use planning and subdivision laws, CEQA and the Clean Water Act.
Attorney profile photo - Chuck Cohen Charles Cohen (Land Use Development) specializes in administrative law; real estate; public policy; regulatory and strategic project management from conception, acquisition, environmental assessment and compliance; political and public outreach; mapping and permits; exaction control; federal, state and local agency regulations; and disposition.
Attorney profile photo - Carrie Deck Carrie Deck (Real Estate) concentrates her practice on commercial real estate and finance transactions. She represents institutional lenders, investors and developers in a variety of secured and unsecured financial transactions with a focus on loan originations for capital markets and portfolio lenders, as well as loan management and servicing. Her expertise additionally includes commercial property acquisitions and sales, as well as commercial and retail leasing.

“JDTP is delighted to welcome these four extraordinary attorneys to the Firm. They bring with them significant Real Estate, Financing and Land Use expertise that adds to JDTP’s existing breadth and depth in these practice areas,” declared Alim Malik, President of the Firm.

In addition to having a strong presence in Westlake Village, the Firm is headquartered in Orange County in the City of Irvine. The Firm’s attorneys bring extensive legal and real world business experience and knowledge, together with a wealth of accomplishments and proficiency in addressing clients' unique challenges and goals. The attorneys at the Firm publish widely acclaimed books and articles; serve as leaders of legal, business and community organizations; are renowned expert witnesses within their fields of practice; serve as adjunct professors for local colleges; and have served in management capacities in major private businesses and governmental agencies.

The objective of the firm is its clients' success—not just in legal matters, but in the achievement of its clients’ broader goals. Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh believes in the value of establishing close relationships with its clients and recognizes that its clients’ interests are best served by developing and nurturing collaborative partnerships.


Members of JDTP's Land Use Development and Real Estate Services Groups

Attorney profile - Craig Beam Craig K. Beam focuses his practice on all aspects of local, state and federal land use planning including CEQA, NEPA, and Clean Water Act compliance, general plans, community plans, zoning, local coastal plans, and natural resource preservation.
Attorney profile - Andrew Bernstein Andrew P. Bernstein is the Chair of JDTP’s Real Estate Services Group. He has extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and finance of residential, commercial, retail and industrial projects throughout the United States.
Attorney profile - Kathryn Casey Kathryn M. Casey has extensive administrative and state and federal litigation experience involving CEQA/NEPA, the Clean Air Act, and other land use and environmental-related issues.  Ms. Casey represents private landowners and developers in obtaining and defending approvals for development projects, and also public agencies in air quality and environmental matters.
Attorney profile - Ronald DeFelice Ronald J. DeFelice has expertise in a broad array of real estate transactional matters, including leasing, financing, acquisition and disposition of all types of real property.
Attorney profile - Steven Dettmann Steven Dettmann has broad experience in complex real property transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financing, development, construction and leasing.
Attorney profile - Sally Enriquez Sally Enriquez represents owners, investors and developers in the acquisition, disposition and financing of office, industrial and other commercial properties as well as entitlement and land sales for master planned residential and commercial common-interest developments. Ms. Enriquez also has worked extensively with both lenders and borrowers, advising them in the origination and restructuring of real property secured loans as well as enforcement of remedies upon default thereof.
Attorney profile - Paige Gosney Paige H. Gosney represents businesses, residential and commercial landowners and developers, and public agencies in a variety of land use and business-related matters before administrative tribunals, legislative bodies, and in all aspects of litigation before state and federal courts.
Attorney profile - Christopher Green Christopher Green focuses on all aspects of commercial and residential real estate matters, including property acquisition, development and disposition, office, industrial and retail leasing, and the negotiation and procurement of permanent, ground lease and construction financing.
Attorney profile - Sarah Kleinberg Sarah Kleinberg represents private and public entities in a variety of land use and business-related matters, including development entitlements, environmental compliance and regulatory matters, due diligence and governmental affairs.
Attorney profile - Sonia Lister Sonia Lister represents a broad spectrum of clients in connection with the financing, acquisition, disposition, development, construction and leasing of real estate assets. Ms. Lister’s longstanding commitment to community and volunteer services has been an important part of her growth and development as a lawyer.
Attorney profile - Stephanie Nation Stephanie Nation represents residential and commercial real estate developers in connection with the creation of master planned communities, condominium and planned developments, mixed-use projects, high-rise condominiums and custom lot subdivisions.
Attorney profile - Thomas Peckenpaugh Thomas D. Peckenpaugh concentrates on negotiating and documenting real estate and business transactions including real estate acquisitions, construction and development contracts, real property sales, financing and leasing.
Attorney profile - Gregory Powers Gregory Powers focuses his practice on land use planning and development entitlements, environmental compliance and regulatory matters, and governmental affairs. He advises developers and public agencies in connection with residential, commercial, and mixed-use land development projects, including due diligence, acquisitions, dispositions, permitting, and compliance with CEQA.
Attorney profile - Gregory Regier Gregory P. Regier is a land use and trial lawyer who counsels project applicants, developers, vineyards and land owners while working with public agencies in connection with the land use entitlement and permitting process.  In addition to those clients he has helped stay out of litigation, he has also successfully resolved numerous cases involving CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, and the Planning & Zoning Law.
Attorney profile - Spring Robinson Spring Robinson has extensive experience in commercial leasing transactions representing landlords and tenants in the negotiation and preparation of lease agreements, extensions and amendments, and in purchase and sale transactions representing buyers or sellers in the negotiation and documentation of purchase and sale agreements and escrow instructions for office, residential and commercial real property.
Attorney profile - Andrew Schutz Andrew C. Schutz concentrates on negotiating and documenting business and real estate transactions, including commercial leasing, purchase and sales transactions and financings and on business counseling, financial restructuring and workouts.
Attorney profile - Mark Sellers Mark Sellers has 20 years of municipal law experience as the former City Attorney of Thousand Oaks, and primarily focuses his practice on all aspects of land use and development, as well as CEQA compliance, eminent domain/inverse condemnation, affordable housing, redevelopment and transactional real estate matters.
Attorney profile - Michele Staples Michele Staples has served for over 20 years as lead land use and water supply counsel advising and representing agricultural businesses, developers, water suppliers, and aggregate project developers in CEQA compliance, entitlement processing and defense, subdivision mapping, impact mitigation, water rights, water quality, endangered species, and habitat conservation plan proceedings.
Attorney profile - Alene Taber Alene Taber, a previous city planner and a senior manager with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, represents clients before governmental agencies on land development and environmental matters particularly air quality, water, and CEQA/NEPA. Ms. Taber litigates these issues in federal and state court.
Attorney profile - Michael Tidus Michael L. Tidus chairs the Firm's Environmental and Land Use Development Services Groups. He concentrates in matters on the administrative, trial and appellate levels. Mr. Tidus has extensive experience under the Civil Rights Act, direct and inverse condemnation, First Amendment and free speech, planning and zoning, CEQA, and municipal bond issues.

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