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Steven Dettmann


Office: Irvine

Phone: 949.851.7651

Fax: 949.752.0597


Steven Dettmann

Steven Dettmann is a real estate transactional, community development, and commercial/industrial subdivision attorney with broad experience in complex real property transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financing, development, construction and leasing.
Mr. Dettmann has represented all levels of individual and institutional clients in acquiring, subdividing, developing and selling residential, commercial, retail, industrial, hospitality, resort, and golf course properties, and represents community and land developer clients throughout California in subdivision and disposition of buildings and building sites in mixed-use master-planned communities.

Mr. Dettmann joined Jackson Tidus in 2008 from the legal department of Playa Vista, where he was Vice President/Assistant General Counsel, and where he served as in-house counsel for over six years.  While with Playa Vista, he was principally responsible for the legal aspects of the master developer’s disposition of building sites to merchant builders, the formation and administration of joint ventures, negotiating and closing the company’s pre-development and working capital financing and infrastructure construction loans, drafting and negotiating contracts with contactors and consultants, negotiating and administrating commercial and retail leases, overseeing property owners associations and community service organization start-up operations, and administering the owner-controlled insurance program.

Prior to Playa Vista, Mr. Dettmann practiced for six years in Downtown Los Angeles in the real estate practice group of a large multi-national law firm, where Mr. Dettmann represented clients in acquiring, developing and disposing of real property and related assets in transactions ranging up to $800,000,000, including commercial retail centers and office buildings, residential, industrial and hospitality properties (including the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara and the Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage). A substantial portion of Mr. Dettmann’s practice included representing banks and commercial lenders in originating construction and permanent loans, mezzanine financings and other credit facilities (in amounts up to $350,000,000) secured by interests in commercial, retail, office, hospitality and multi-family residential property.  Mr. Dettmann also represented banks and institutional investors in acquiring and selling performing and distressed loan portfolios.


  • State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association


  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 1995
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Economics and Political Science, 1990


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