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CGS3 Partners Recognized in Legal System’s Preeminent Guide

August 22, 2022 CGS3 News

Robert Bell Named Lawyer of the Year

SAN DIEGO (August 23 2022) – Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson (CGS3) partner  Robert J. Bell, has been selected by his peers as a Lawyer of the Year for Construction Law in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. In total, seven CGS3 partners – Bell, Thomas B. Crosbie, Sean Gaffney,  Ray B. Gliner, Phil L. Jelsma,  Dana I. Schiffman and Craig D. Swanson – are featured in this latest edition of Best Lawyers.

A prestigious national ranking of attorneys selected through an exhaustive peer-review process, Best Lawyers rankings are released annually.  

CGS3 attorneys have consistently been recognized in this high-profile source for legal referrals. This is the 16th year Bell has been listed under Real Estate Law and his 11th year in the Construction Law category while Jelsma and Schiffman have been featured under Tax Law and Real Estate Law, respectively, for 13 years. This is the sixth year for both Crosbie and Gliner to be listed in the Real Estate Law section and the fifth year Swanson has been recognized in that same category.   

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession. Because of the exacting methodology involved, the annual ranking is regarded as the industry’s definitive guide to legal excellence. For three decades, Best Lawyers has become a resource for both lawyers and clients looking for top legal talent.

Bell, Crosbie, Jelsma, Gaffney, Gliner, Schiffman and Swanson all have extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, construction and tax law:

  • Bell focuses his practice on real estate development/construction, investment and brokerage matters. His career spans the spectrum of real estate development, investment, construction and brokerage matters including multi-family, urban infill, mixed-use, hospitality, industrial, retail, office and land transactions.
  • Crosbie has extensive experience in a broad variety of commercial real estate areas, including acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing and construction in connection with commercial, residential, industrial, retail and mixed-use projects for local, regional and national real estate developers and investors.
  • Gaffney is a skilled litigator and successfully represents both plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of trial work and alternative dispute resolution.  He is frequently able to settle difficult matters in a cost-effective manner, but he is equally adept at litigating aggressively where necessary to protect his clients’ interests.
  • Gliner represents landlords in various complex lease provisions, including lease takeover provisions, extensive overlapping expansion and contraction rights, and build-to-suit work letter/construction and related commencement date issues.
  • Jelsma is chair of the tax practice team at He is widely recognized as one of the state’s leading joint venture and tax attorneys, with a 30-year background in real estate exchange transactions, syndications, nonprofit corporations and international tax planning.
  • Schiffman is well versed in a wide range of acquisition, development, leasing and financing matters for a variety of commercial real estate projects. His experience includes large portfolio sales, development agreements, CC&Rs, complex ground leases, build-to-suit leases and anchor retail leases. 
  • Swanson specializes in the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and financing of commercial and mixed-use projects, with clients including some of the nation’s leading real estate companies.

About Best Lawyers

Since 1983, Best Lawyers has compiled lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting extensive peer-review surveys in which thousands of top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Because attorneys do not pay a fee for the listing, Best Lawyers has gained respect as the country’s most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. In addition to the print version, Best Lawyers in America is posted online at www.BestLawyers.com.

About Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3)

CGS3 is a new generation commercial real estate law firm with practice areas covering the full commercial real estate life cycle, including finance, acquisition/disposition, entity formation, tax, development, land use, leasing, distressed asset workouts and dispute resolution. Earning a reputation as one of California’s leading commercial real estate law firms, CGS3 has recruited some of the state’s top real estate attorneys from both large corporate firms and senior in-house positions. CGS3 is located at 12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 250, San Diego, California 92130 and 10940 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2200, Los Angeles, California 90024. For more information, visit http://www.cgs3.com.