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David Swartz


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David Swartz


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

Bar Admissions

  • California
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, David inherently understands the issues, pressures and demands that can keep clients awake at night.  With this understanding, he utilizes a hands-on, collaborative approach in delivering legal services and knows what law firms can – and must – do to deliver immediate, tangible value to their clients.

“I strive to be an outside general counsel to all the companies I work for – a key member of their team.  I take a hands-on “business-centric” approach and am a problem solver, working to proactively solve problems before they happen.”

David’s extensive professional experience includes working in all facets of commercial real estate – for both businesses and law firms – including acquisitions, dispositions, commercial contracts, risk management, financing and leasing.

After starting his career as an attorney with Allen Matkins, David stepped into the General Counsel role at Arden Realty Inc., a real estate investment trust.  During his tenure with Arden, David created and led the company’s legal department, managed and negotiated over $6 billion in real estate transactions and was instrumental in orchestrating Arden’s high-profile acquisition by General Electric Capital Corporation.  Following the acquisition of Arden by GE Capital, he held executive level and general counsel positions at Safco Capital and Latitude Management Real Estate Investors.

In 2011, and prior to joining CGS3, David navigated his way back to the law firm setting and was a partner with Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP.  His practice areas include leasing, financing and acquisitions and dispositions of a full gamut of real estate properties, including hotels, multifamily, commercial, retail and industrial properties.


Professional & Community Involvement
  • UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Board of Directors