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CGS3 Adds Two Attorneys, Launches Litigation Practice

August 6, 2014 CGS3 CGS3 Team

Partner Gregory Markow to lead litigation practice, expanding firm’s commercial real estate legal services

August 6, 2014 (San Diego, CA) — Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) announced today the addition of Gregory Markow as a partner to lead the firm’s new litigation practice. A second attorney, Van Nguyen, will expand the firm’s transactional practice, particularly with respect to energy-related real estate projects. With the addition of Markow and Nguyen, CGS3 now boasts a head count of 10 attorneys and two paralegals.

Markow has more than 20 years’ experience representing real estate investors and owners looking to minimize risks that lead to litigation and defending and prosecuting them forcefully when disputes cannot be avoided.

The litigation practice group expands the firm’s commercial real estate legal offerings to encompass the full-spectrum of legal issues that arise throughout the commercial real estate life cycle.

Unlike many firms, the cornerstone of the CGS3 litigation practice is litigation avoidance. Litigators will be available as advisors during the deal-making process to ensure the deals maximize business opportunities while mitigating the potential risk for dispute down the road.

Markow has devoted his entire career to resolving real estate and business disputes. Prior to joining CGS3, Greg managed his own law firm and was a partner at Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP. He started his career in Chicago as an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis.

In addition to managing the firm’s litigation practice, Markow will play a key role in developing firm’s distressed real estate practice.

“We are incredibly excited about the addition of Greg to our firm. He is a stellar attorney, an even better person, and he shares our vision of creating a lean, client-first approach to commercial real estate law,” said Fernando Landa, one of the original CGS3 partners.

Also joining the firm as associate is Van Nguyen. Nguyen’s experience includes representing clients in a broad range of acquisitions, dispositions, developments ­and financing of complex commercial real estate projects.

She specializes in energy and hospitality projects, including solar, wind, gas and geothermal projects and gaming and hotel developments. Van’s experience includes working as a real estate associate for Latham & Watkins, as well as working for the George W. Bush Administration in the White House.

Since launching CGS3 just over a year ago, the firm has more than doubled its number of attorneys. This week the firm also moved into its expanded office space at its Del Mar office location.

About CGS3

Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) helps clients close deals without sacrificing their legal interests, business relationships or the bottom line. CGS3 is located at 12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 250 San Diego, CA 92130. For more information visit