Edwin B. Reeser III
Born: July 5, 1951, Covina, California
Countries lived in: Japan 1957-1961; Italy 1966-1969; Belgium/France 1970-1973
Prior position: Managing Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Los Angeles office 2005-2008. Ethics Partner 2001-2005. Partnership Agreement drafting team member.
Business lawyer specializing in structuring, negotiating and documenting complex real estate and business transactions for international and domestic corporations and individuals, including types of entity and venture vehicles.
Law practice management and leadership. Counseling law firms and lawyers on matters involving professional responsibility, partnership agreements, lateral hiring and movement, of counsel relationships, strategic alliances, law firm economics, failed law firms and related issues. (More than 75 published articles in the field).
Representative transactions include high rise office tower, luxury hotels and resorts, residential projects, industrial properties, alternative energy and agricultural projects, industrial, airport, retail and restaurants.
Clients for whom I have done comprehensive real property work include:
The Meiji Mutual Life Insurance Company: 444 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles. Formerly known as the Wells Fargo Bank Building, then the Citibank Center. Both acquisition and sale.
Kawasaki Steel Corporation: Comerica Tower in Detroit, Michigan (sale). Aegon Center in Louisville, Kentucky (sale).
Kawasaki Leasing Co.: Hyatt Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas (sale). Beverly Hills Nikko Hotel, Beverly Hills, Ca. (sale), Home Savings of America Tower, Holiday Inn Anaheim (Disneyland-sale).
Itochu: CCF Corporate Center, high rise office development venture, and later sale, San Diego, Ca. The Wilshire, high rise condominium development venture in Beverly Hills. Rock Creek Ranch, residential housing development venture in Orange County, Ca.
Other client projects with Taisei Construction, Nishimatsu Construction, Konoike Construction, Toda Construction, Zenitaka Corporation, the Bank of Tokyo.
Other projects include: Silverado Resort, Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel Santa Barbara, Omni Hotel Los Angeles, Marriott Hotel Los Angeles, Broadway Plaza Los Angeles (including Hyatt Regency Hotel), Checkers Hotel Los Angeles, Malibu Country Club, Chardonnay Golf Club, Sierra La Verne Country Club, Ritz Carlton Pasadena, Ritz Carlton Pentagon City, Sonoma Resort, Doubletree LAX, Wyndham Hotel San Francisco, Radisson Hotel Los Angeles, Kingdom Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (including Four Seasons Hotel), Renaissance Hotel Las Vegas, International Tower Los Angeles.
Representation has included companies and individuals from Japan, China, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, England, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Canada, as well as the United States.
I have consulted for clients on transactions involving PGA West, La Costa Resort, Rockefeller Center, Pebble Beach Golf Club, Coachella Valley wind turbine energy projects, Mojave solar energy projects, among others.
Interests include: Martial Arts (20+years practice in Chinese martial arts), Fitness and nutrition, Race car driving, Fatherhood, Arts and crafts architecture and antiques, architectural preservation and restoration, oriental carpets, philosophy(Greek, Roman, Asian), arms and armor, cooking, wine.
High School: The Overseas School of Rome, Italy. 1969
College: Harvard College 1973 (Bachelor of Arts) cum laude
Law School: University of California Hastings College of the Law 1976 (Juris Doctor)
Business School: Columbia University 1978 (Masters of Business Administration)