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CGS3’s Chanel Di Blasi and Riley Cutner-Orrantia Named as Finalists in Annual 40 Under 40 Awards

July 27, 2023 Chanel Di Blasi, Riley Cutner-Orrantia CGS3 Team

SAN DIEGO (July 27, 2023)Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson (CGS3) attorneys Chanel Di Blasi and Riley Cutner-Orrantia have been named finalists in the San Diego Business Journal’s “Next Top Business Leaders Under 40” for 2023.

Each year, the San Diego Business Journal (a leading local business-oriented newspaper) recognizes San Diego’s rising business leaders – spotlighting finalists and winners in a series of special supplements.

CGS3’s talented young attorneys Di Blasi and Cutner-Orrantia are well deserving of this latest accolade.

Cutner-Orrantia is a forward-thinking attorney who represents developers and investors in all phases of the commercial real estate cycle – including acquisition, financing, and construction in connection with commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects.  At CGS3, she has become an expert in complex retail leasing and development transactions.  Prior to joining CGS3, she cultivated her legal and deal management skills in a variety of transactions including real estate, renewable energy, and infrastructure projects as an associate at the Denver office of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, a boutique firm with a nationwide practice.  Cutner-Orrantia has also worked as an associate real estate broker and was a student attorney with Colorado Law Sustainable Community Development Clinic.

In addition to the law, she is passionate about and recognized in the environmental arena and has worked for Earthjustice, contributed her time to Rio Muchacho Organic Farm and was the managing editor of Colorado Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Review.

Active in both the legal and business community, Cutner-Orrantia is a member of CREW San Diego, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Women’s Energy Network, NAIOP San Diego and is participating in NAIOP’s Developing Leader Mentorship program.  Additionally, Riley frequently connects with students from her alma mater to provide advanced career advice and mentoring.  She holds a B.S. degree in environmental science with a minor in geography from the University of California, Los Angeles and J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Di Blasi has a strong background in a broad range of landlord-tenant and business real estate disciplines.  Throughout her career she has effectively represented landlords in navigating the dense maze of California regulations – with a particular emphasis on residential and commercial landlord-tenant disputes, leasing, contracts, affordable housing, and compliance.  Since joining CGS3, she has honed her skills in negotiating purchase and sale agreements and commercial leases of all types.  Known for her client responsiveness, efficiency and encyclopedic knowledge of California’s landlord-tenant laws, she takes pride in helping clients with complex and challenging legal needs.

Prior to joining CGS3, Di Blasi worked in the landlord-tenant department and real estate group to assist property owners and managers with their business needs at Kimball, Tirey & St. John in San Diego.

Dedicated to educating others on the commercial real estate practice and California laws, Di Blasi speaks frequently at industry conventions, hosts webinars and writes articles for industry publications.  Furthering her involvement in the community, Di Blasi has regularly donated time and resources to local woman’s and homeless shelters – including Rachel’s Women’s Center and the Los Angeles Mission – and recently joined Big Brothers Big Sisters to serve as a mentor. She is involved with the SDSU Alumni association, a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of San Diego. She holds a B.S. degree in television, film and news media production from San Diego State University and a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.


About Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3)

CGS3 is a recognized leader among a new generation of commercial real estate law firms with practice areas covering the entire 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 continues to recruit some of the state’s top real estate attorneys from both large corporate firms and senior in-house positions. For more information, visit