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Your CGS3 Team

The people behind the work.

Your Attorneys
Thomas Crosbie

Thomas Crosbie

Partner

If you need an attorney who thinks like a business owner, look to Tom Crosbie. More than most attorneys, Tom examines legal issues from a business perspective to ensure that the result is sound from both a strategic and legal point of view. He is highly engaged with his clients...

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Phillip Jelsma

Phillip Jelsma

Partner

When you need someone who knows how to build a strong legal foundation for your real estate project, look to Phil Jelsma. Phil applies his strategic advice, tax counsel and transactional support on entity formation and joint ventures to protect your interests, …

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Amelia Sanchez

Amelia Sanchez

Senior Counsel

Amelia Sanchez not only understands the voice of the client, she has built her practice around it. As former Senior Legal Counsel handling the real estate interests of Cricket Communications, Inc. (now Cricket Wireless) and former Regional General Counsel for the northwest…

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Craig Swanson

Craig Swanson

Partner

When it comes to keeping focused on the issues that matter, Craig Swanson is the attorney you want at your side. Craig takes a practical and pragmatic approach to commercial real estate to get things done. He works smart, hones in on what is important and drafts…

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Stacey Tyree

Stacey Tyree

Senior Counsel

Stacey Tyree’s ability to focus on the details without losing sight of the big picture adds another layer of strength to the CGS3 legal team. Her experience includes handling the acquisition, disposition, development, and leasing of commercial property…

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Jamie Altman Buggy

Jamie Altman Buggy

Associate

Jamie has an in-depth understanding of litigation, and leverages her knowledge and a no-nonsense attitude to achieve successful results. She works hard to understand her clients’ business objectives, and to ensure that a careful legal strategy is aligned with…

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Cheryl Nieman Brechlin

Cheryl Nieman Brechlin

Associate

With formative professional experience in both transactional and litigation work, Cheryl brings a competitive edge to each commercial real estate deal she works on.  Unlike most transactional attorneys, Cheryl honed her legal skills as a litigator, gaining…

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Evelyn Heidelberg

Evelyn Heidelberg

Partner

A veteran land use, environmental and real estate litigation attorney, Evelyn Heidelberg’s former career as a city planner sets her apart from the average land use lawyer. Known for her keen intellect, precision and innate ability to “out smart” adversaries…

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Ray Gliner

Ray Gliner

Partner

Few attorneys offer the level of expertise that Ray Gliner brings to the negotiation of complex and highly specialized commercial leases and related transactions. Ray’s experience allows institutional investors to realize maximum profit from their real estate holdings.

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Brian Kintz

Brian Kintz

Partner

A master technician, Brian Kintz makes the most complicated real estate deals manageable. Brian is a bright, creative thinker who is committed to streamlining the way he delivers legal services to better respond to client needs. His success in creating greater…

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Dawn Saunders

Dawn Saunders

Partner

Dawn Saunders is a dynamic collaborator whose proactive, service-oriented approach to the leasing process supports both landlords and tenants — laying the groundwork for mutually-beneficial, long-term relationships. She brings 20 years of legal experience…

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David Swartz

David Swartz

Partner

A seasoned and versatile transactional attorney, David Swartz understands what it takes to make a positive difference for his clients.  Having spent much of his 25-year career as General Counsel of one of the nation’s largest publicly traded REITs…

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Dana Schiffman

Dana Schiffman

Partner

When you need the seemingly impossible to be possible, call Attorney Dana Schiffman. Dana is a seasoned, problem solver who thrives when he is applying his 31 years of experience to come up with “out-of-the-box” solutions to complex legal issues.

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Joe von Meier

Joe von Meier

Senior Counsel

Joe von Meier offers a proactive, client-centered approach and strong business acumen in both law and business and as a result, has established himself as a trusted legal partner for some of the country’s top developers and construction firms…

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Fernando Landa

Fernando Landa

Partner

Many lawyers talk about their ability to look at a matter from the client’s perspective, but Fernando Landa actually walks the walk. That’s because, as a former general counsel, he’s been a client himself. A rising star in the San Diego legal community, he has been recognized…

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Ann Maas

Ann Maas

Senior Counsel

Ann Maas epitomizes what it means to be a team player. Whether leading a negotiation or engineering a deal, Ann provides thoughtful leadership that builds the confidence of her clients. With Ann, deals get done right, communication is a priority, and there are…

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Gregory Markow

Gregory Markow

Partner

Greg takes a bottom-line and sensible approach to resolving real estate disputes. Before embarking on costly and lengthy litigation, he examines all options to identify alternative strategies that will achieve his clients’ goals and provide certainty in an…

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Sean Southard

Sean Southard

Partner

Sean Southard is a true leasing specialist whose ability to forge strong relationships throughout the real estate industry is matched only by his ability to process and apply market data about deal structures and terms to get the best result possible for his clients. He works…

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Michael Cato

Michael Cato

Partner

A real estate and finance attorney for over a decade, Michael is a Harvard Law School grad who has successfully worked his way up the ranks at some of the nation’s largest law firms.  Representing local and national real estate developers, owners and investors…

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Collin Waring

Collin Waring

Associate

Rising star Collin Waring grew up in a real estate family, and witnessed first-hand the challenges, complexities and uniqueness of every real estate transaction – as well as the importance of retaining excellent outside legal counsel…

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Your Support Team
Paulette Farquhar

Paulette Farquhar

Senior Paralegal

When the i’s need to be dotted and the t’s crossed, Paulette is the person you want on your team to focus on the details and make sure deals stay on schedule. As a senior paralegal, Paulette fills a critical role …

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Shruti Surendran

Shruti Surendran

Paralegal

With a background in both corporate and personal injury law, Shruti brings to CGS3 a wealth of keen legal insight, a hard working “can do” attitude and a discerning eye for detail.  Most recently a paralegal with the Law Offices…

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Katelyn Ducat

Katelyn Ducat

Paralegal

Katelyn Ducat brings a thorough business perspective that adds another layer of client focus to the CGS3 legal team. As a former corporate paralegal, she knows first-hand how clients in the commercial real estate industry…

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Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson

Paralegal/Marketing Coordinator

Kate is a rising star whose ability to grasp business complexities and legal nuances far exceeds her years of experience. In her role as a paralegal, she edits, formats and proofs lengthy, detailed lease agreements and other…

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Frida Wambua

Frida Wambua

Paralegal

Frida is known for her positive, hardworking approach – coupled with strong people skills and the ability to effectively work both collaboratively and independently. With a background in administration as well as law…

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