Gary Gitlin Portrait Outside portrait ModeGary M. Gitlin, Esq.

Gary M. Gitlin, A Professional Law Corporation

15760 Ventura Blvd, Suite 1200

Encino, California 91436

Satellite office in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona

P:  (818) 450-3619

F:  (818) 986-5147

C:  (818) 516-1725


Martindale-Hubbell:  AV rated

  • Highest rating given for legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell.

Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

  • Recognized as preeminent lawyer in the field of real estate.


June 1973 – Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Major:  Economics    Minor:  Mathematics

June 1976 – Juris Doctor (J.D.), Whittier College Beverly School of Law



Admitted to Practice before the:

  • California State Bar – December 1976
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California – January 1977
  • United States Supreme Court – August 1984
  • Limited admission to Arizona State Bar – 2008



California State Bar, Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association; memberships also in the above Bar Associations and Subsections as follows:  Real Property Law, Taxation, Business and Corporations Law, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy, General Litigation, Labor and Employment Law.



1974 – 1980:  Law Clerk, Associate, Partner: Law Offices of Warren A. Ashmann/Ashmann and Gitlin

1980 – 1982:  Partner / Sommer, Gitlin & Bear

1983 – 1985:  Law Offices of Gary M. Gitlin

1985 – 2006:  Law Offices of Gary M. Gitlin, a Professional Law Corporation

2007 – 2013: General Counsel to Pro’s Real Estate Holding Company and Pro’s Ranch Market and its parent, subsidiary, affiliated, and related companies (30+ companies)

2014 – Present:  Law Offices of Gary M. Gitlin, a Professional Law Corporation



  1. Judge Pro Tem

Served on a periodic basis as a Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Municipal Courts (a Judge Pro Tem is an attorney selected by the judiciary through local bar associations to act on a temporary basis in the capacity of a Judge or Court Commissioner);

  1. Mediator/Independent Neutral
  • Periodic representation in the capacity as Mediator to resolve business and real estate disputes; neighbor to neighbor disputes; and related general business litigation
  1. Transactions
  • $20mm and $50mm bank credit facilities (loans)
  • Numerous CMBS 1 and 2 real estate secured loan transactions
  • New Market Tax Credit real estate loan transaction/acquisition and sale of commercial/retail real estate
  • Complex purchase and sale of business assets (operating and going concerns)
  • Business planning and strategies
  • Entity formations and maintenance
  • Estate planning including revocable (family inter vivos) and irrevocable (defective grantor and related types) trusts
  • Complex partnership (LLC) and joint venture agreements
  • Income tax issue treatment (overview and coordination with specialists)
  • Business tax planning various secured/unsecured loan transactions
  • Outside counsel to local and national title company
  • Escrow company representation
  1. Litigation
  • Quarterback complex litigation with Shibumi strategies and analytics
  • Business, corporate and real estate conflicts
  • Wide range of pretrial motion practice
  • Trials and appellate work
  • Debtor and creditor bankruptcy matters including complex Chapter 11 reorganization
  • Guarantor (surety) matters
  • Common interest development/HOA matters
  • Subsidence and subsurface matters
  • Neighbor to neighbor disputes including easement conflicts
  • Real estate purchase and sale
  • Escrow
  • Builder-Owner conflicts
  • Landlord-tenant conflicts


  • Specific Case Resolutions
    • Successfully dismissed $10mm+ breach of guaranty case by CMBS lender;
    • Successfully settled $50mm guaranty action by secured lender against guarantors;
    • Successfully “quarterbacked” complex Chapter 11 Debtor bankruptcies with engaged bankruptcy counsel;
    • Completed numerous secured loan (personal and real property) transactions;
    • Successfully completed commercial real estate transactions in excess of $50mm;
    • Settled prior to jury trial inverse condemnation action against municipality and related inverse condemnation actions based on subsidence issues;
    • Handled numerous significant real estate fraud and conspiracy cases involving large groups of disadvantaged investors resulting in overall settlement of full recovery, all out of pocket losses and original investments returned to each plaintiff victim;
    • Handled various breach of fiduciary and fraud type cases against real estate licensees, LLC members, general managers of limited partnerships with good success on receiving full recovery of all out of pocket losses and investment;
  1. References available upon request.