John M. Tipton

Partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

John M. Tipton

John M. Tipton

Partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Biography

Having solved thousands of business and legal issues related to real estate transactions over the years, John Tipton’s market coverage and depth are vast. From large-scale multi-use developments, office projects, retail, hotels and recreational facilities, to corporate headquarters, he has negotiated and closed almost every asset and deal type.

A skilled negotiator and problem solver who knows California's commercial real estate market as well as anyone, John represents owners, developers, and lenders in capital markets, asset management, and leasing transactions. He counts among his clients private and institutional investors as well as national and multi-national corporations, for both their owned and leased properties.

Practical Counsel

The key to John’s ability to attract and keep loyal clients is two-fold: practical and solution-oriented. He learns his clients’ businesses, their pressure points, and their decision making levers so he can approach any deal or problem from their perspective. He takes a balanced approach to negotiations by finding common ground between parties and establishing a human connection—a winning formula that has proven itself time and again for arriving at the best terms for his client while getting the deal that they want done.

John believes that delivering exceptional service is not optional, but critical to his clients’ goals. He not only promptly returns phone calls and emails, but is acutely responsive to their needs at every juncture.

Strategic and Well-connected

In the widely-respected and highly-regarded Allen Matkins deal-making culture—more practical and deal/client focused than most law firms—John stands out for his commitment to support his client’s business strategy. He also places a priority on cultivating important relationships with others throughout California and across North America that contribute to his clients’ successes, as well with his Allen Matkins colleagues, where he has access to the knowledge base of nearly 100 real estate team members.

Significant Transactions

John handles deals that range from millions to billions of dollars. Among his most considerable transactions are: the acquisition and development of commercial office properties at Playa Vista, California; the $9.5 billion acquisition of Hughes Aircraft Company, involving 20 million square feet across 30 states; the repositioning of over 200 anchor retail outlets throughout the Western United States; the national development and rollout of over 200 hotels for a major hotel chain, and the repositioning of corporate real estate for a Fortune 150 Company.

In each of calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014, John represented the buyers in the largest annual real estate transaction in Los Angeles.

Representative Clients

* Artisan Realty
* Blackstone Real Estate
* CBRE Investors
* Columbia Development
* Duesenberg Investment Company
* Emmett Ochs Investments
* Extended Stay America
* Federal Realty Investment Trust
* First Beverage
* GTIS Partners
* Heitman
* Hines Interests Limited Partnership
* Invesco Real Estate

* Irvine Company
* K Pacific Development
* Lubert-Adler
* Mesa West Capital
* Morgan Stanley
* Northwood Investors
* OTO Development LLC
* Patriot Equities
* Raytheon Company
* Second Street Ventures
* Spear Street Capital
* Starwood Capital Group
* Tishman Speyer Properties L.P.
* Topa Equities, Ltd
* Watt Commercial Properties

Professional Involvement

John is a founder and lead attorney in the ongoing partnership producing the Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Commercial Real Estate Survey, a twice-annual survey involving the top commercial real estate owners, investors, and developers in California and provides a three-year economic outlook on a range of asset classes and geographical regions throughout the state. A frequent public speaker, John co-authored the chapter on Construction Agreements in the second edition of the California Continuing Education of the Bar Commercial Project Practice Guide, the legal education reference book on project management for California attorneys.

John is co-counsel of the Los Angeles Commercial Realty Association since 1999.

Accolades

* Recognized by Chambers USA as one of the Leading Lawyers in California in Real Estate Law (2019-2020)
* Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers (2008 - 2020)
* Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Real Estate Law (2007 - 2021)
* Martindale-Hubbell® A-V Preeminent Rating

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Partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1988

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

BA in Political Science, magna cum laude
Class of 1985

Miami University is one of the oldest public universities in the country, made possible by an ordinance signed by President George Washington in 1795. Chartered in 1809, Miami welcomed its first students in 1824. Miami's reputation grew as quickly as its enrollment, and it became known as the "Yale of the West" for its ambitious liberal arts curriculum. Today, Miami consistently ranks among the nation's top public universities for the quality of teaching and overall student experience. One of Miami University's most famous graduates was Benjamin Harrison, who later became a President of the United States. Professor William Holmes McGuffey revolutionized the education of generations of Americans when he conducted research for his Eclectic Readers series while teaching at Miami from 1826 to 1836. The "mother of fraternities," Miami was the founding site of four national fraternities: Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Phi Kappa Tau; as well as Delta Zeta sorority.

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ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. ULI Founded in 1936, ULI now have members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. A multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. Members say ULI provide information they can trust, and that ULI is a place where leaders come to grow professionally and personally through sharing, mentoring, and problem solving. With pride, ULI members commit to the best in land use policy and practice.

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Current

The mission of the Los Angeles County Bar Association is to meet the professional needs of Los Angeles lawyers and advance the administration of justice.

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State Bar is currently governed by a 23-member Board of Trustees.State Bar of California is by far the largest state bar in the country. Nearly 179,000 State Bar members actively practice law in California, while the rest retain their licenses as inactive members.State Bar of California is the only state bar in the nation with independent professional judges dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases. The independent State Bar Court hears the charges and has the power to recommend that the California Supreme Court suspend or disbar those attorneys found to have committed acts of professional misconduct or convicted of serious crimes. For lesser offenses, it may issue public or private reprovals.

Career History
Partner
Current

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP was founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm that provides legal services. The firm's broad areas of practice include real estate, land use, construction, real estate finance, business litigation, corporate and securities, intellectual property, environmental, taxation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights and employment and labor law.

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$10K - $25K
2010

JA SoCal inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. Volunteers from the professional sector help youth explore the business of life through hands-on dynamic programs that teach skills related to managing money, starting a business and entering the work-world.

$10K +
2007

JA Worldwide, Inc. engages in activities to oversee global fund raising, brand development and protection, quality assurance, and financial accountability. It educates students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential and hands-on programs. The firm’s programs include JA economics, JA global marketplace, JA innovation camp, JA success skills, and JA finance park. The company was founded by Horace Moses, Theodore Vail and Murray Crane in 1919 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Political Donations
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2017

Representative at Office of the Representative from California's 33rd District, Ted Lieu

$500
2014
$500
2014

Former Southern California Regional Director at US Department of Housing & Urban Development (DC)

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