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Prominent Real Estate Attorney Steve Edwards Joins Manatt in Orange County.

COSTA MESA Costa Mesa (kŏs`tə mā`sə), city (1990 pop. 96,357), Orange co., S Calif., on the Pacific south of Santa Ana; inc. 1953. It is a transportation, residential, and light industrial center. , Calif. & LOS ANGELES -- Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP LLP - Lower Layer Protocol , the national law and consulting firm, announced today that Steve Edwards has joined the firm's Orange County office of counsel. A prominent attorney with a broad background in all aspects of real estate law, Mr. Edwards was previously a partner at O'Melveny & Myers in Orange County and served as co-chair of the O'Melveny's real estate practice group. Mr. Edwards joins Manatt following the addition of real estate and corporate finance partner Masood Sohaili, who joined Manatt's Los Angeles office, and real estate and finance associate Lauren Spiegel, based in the firm's Orange County office, both from O'Melveny earlier this month.

"Steve is one of California's leading real estate specialists, and he is an ideal addition to Manatt's growing practice in Orange County," said Ellen Marshall, administrative partner for the Orange County office. "The importance of the real estate business to the economy of Orange County cannot be overstated o·ver·state  
tr.v. o·ver·stat·ed, o·ver·stat·ing, o·ver·states
To state in exaggerated terms. See Synonyms at exaggerate.

. We are committed to the industry and the particular aspects of it that Steve knows so well."

Mr. Edwards has been active in virtually all aspects of the acquisition, sale, exchange, financing, leasing and development of improved and unimproved real estate for institutional clients. Mr. Edwards' practice emphasizes the representation of both developers and capital providers in the formation of joint ventures, limited partnerships and limited liability companies for the acquisition and development of housing and commercial properties. His clients have included pension advisors, real estate investment trusts, investment banking firms, commercial banks, residential and commercial developers, and a number of individual real estate investors.

During his career, Mr. Edwards has been engaged by lenders, equity partners, mezzanine lenders, borrowers and developers for a significant number of work out transactions. He is also highly experienced in the area of real estate investment trusts (REITs) in connection with public offerings, the acquisition of real estate, including portfolio sales, and the formation of UPREITs, Down-REITs and private REITs. Mr. Edwards has been very active in sale/leaseback transactions representing both the buyer/lessor and the seller/lessee.

"Growing our market-leading real estate and land use practice is one of the cornerstones of Manatt's strategic plan, and adding respected attorneys like Steve is an important part of this strategy," said William T. Quicksilver quicksilver: see mercury.

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, Manatt's chief executive and managing partner. "As our recent senior-level hires and our combination with Steefel, Levitt & Weiss attest, we are committed to building the preeminent real estate and land use practice in California and one of the elite practices in the nation."

He is recognized for his expertise by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa Phi Beta Kappa: see fraternity.
Phi Beta Kappa

Leading academic honour society in the U.S., which draws its membership from college and university students. The oldest Greek-letter society in the U.S.
, Mr. Edwards holds a B.A. with high honors from Lehigh University and a J.D. from New York University New York University, mainly in New York City; coeducational; chartered 1831, opened 1832 as the Univ. of the City of New York, renamed 1896. It comprises 13 schools and colleges, maintaining 4 main centers (including the Medical Center) in the city, as well as the , where he served on the New York University Law Review.

About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
 and Albany, New York For other uses, see Albany.
Albany is the capital of the State of New York and the county seat of Albany County. Albany lies 136 miles (219 km) north of New York City, and slightly to the south of the juncture of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers.
; and Washington, D.C. Manatt includes Manatt Health Solutions, a healthcare policy and strategic business advisory group, and ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.

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, a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

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 that develops and implements strategies to expand client businesses and facilitate their effective competition in global markets. For more information, visit,, and
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