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Overview

Michael J. Gibson is an AV –rated attorney who focuses his practice on commercial, corporate, and real estate transactions.

In his commercial and corporate practice, Mr. Gibson represents manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and professional services firms in the formation of business entities. He provides counsel on commercial buy and sell arrangements, the purchase and sale of business assets and entity ownership, financing, employment and consulting agreements, and other commercial transactions.

Mr. Gibson’s real estate clients include owners and investors in commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential properties, developers, and building contractors. He provides representation on purchase and sale transactions, leasing, development, and financing. He also represents business and residential common interest development and owner associations.

Additionally, Mr. Gibson advises charitable, educational, and arts organizations in the formation, tax exemption qualification, maintenance, and termination of their organizations. He has both a professional and personal interest in heritage conservation law– the preservation of architectural and landscape resources of historic and cultural value– and offers his counsel to governmental, academic, and advocacy organizations.

He has represented clients in a wide range of industries as a founding member of successful practice Greenberg, Whitcombe, Takeuchi & Gibson, LLP, who joined with Kaufman Dolowich, & Voluck, LLP in 2022, to better serve the needs of the business and real estate industries.

Admissions

  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court
    • Northern District of California
    • Eastern District of California
    • Central District of California
    • Southern District of California

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Southern California, M.A., Heritage Conservation
  • Loyola Marymount University, B.A., summa cum laude

Professional Memberships

  • South Bay Bar Association of Los Angeles County,
    • President, 2000
    • Board of Directors, 1991 to 2001
  • Society of Architectural Historians
    • Board of Directors, 2012 to present
    • Executive Committee, 2015 to present
    • Treasurer, 2015 to 2021
    • Assistant Treasurer, 2021 to present
    • Investment Committee Chair, 2012 to 2015, 2017 to 2021
    • Budget and Audit Committee Chair, 2015 to 2021
  •  California Preservation Foundation
    • Board of Trustees, 2019 to present
    • Executive Committee, 2021 to present
    • Secretary, 2021 to present
  •  Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design
    • Board of Directors, 2020 to present
    • Executive Committee, 2020 to present
    • Treasurer, 2020 to present
  • Charnley-Persky House Museum Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2015 to present
    • Treasurer, 2015 to 2021
    • Assistant Treasurer, 2021 to present
  • City of Redondo Beach Historic Preservation Commission
    • Member, 2004 to 2013
    • Chair, 2008 to 2012

Experience

Selected Significant Matters

  • Represented a time share resort developer in a $350,000,000 transaction involving a sale of assets and transfer of management responsibilities for nine resorts located in California, Nevada, Utah, and Baja California, and a $48,000,000 follow-up transaction involving a sale of substantially all assets of three resort services companies
  • Represented an industrial fastener manufacturer in a $120,700,000 transaction involving a sale of all company assets
  • Represented a real estate developer in a $56,500,000 sale and leaseback transaction involving three retail sites
  • Represented the owner of a multi-family residential project in a $30,000,000 refinancing
  • Represented a nutritional supplement manufacturer in a $13,800,000 transaction involving sale of all company assets
  • Represented the owner of a multi-family residential project in a $13,300,000 refinancing
  • Represented an entertainment company in a $12,750,000 transaction involving sale of select assets
  • Represented a landowner in the restructuring of a wind power facilities lease involving a reconfiguration of leased parcels and creation of multiple access licenses, encroachment easements, and setback waivers
  • Represented a document management company in a transaction involving a purchase of all assets of a competitor having a complementary customer base

 

Awards

AV-Rated Attorney, Martindale Hubbell

Publications

Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Second Edition, 1998; First Edition, 1994 

Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Law 360