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Rapidly Growing CGS3 Celebrates Third Anniversary

July 19, 2016 CGS3 News Release

Exceptional Client Service, Top Legal Talent Hallmarks of New Generation Commercial Real Estate Law Firm

SAN DIEGO (July 19, 2016) – With a growing portfolio of top tier clients, a new Los Angeles office and an expanding team of “Best in Class” commercial real estate attorneys, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) celebrates its three-year anniversary this month.

The innovative boutique commercial real estate law firm was launched in 2013 by a group of highly regarded attorneys keenly focused on building a forward-thinking business model aimed at quickly responding to deals of all sizes, scopes and complexities. The end result? A new type of law firm that offers a fresh alternative to the “Big Law” business-as-usual model. With specialized legal services and top talent, CGS3 balances high-caliber lawyering with practical street smarts and solid business sense to exceed clients’ expectations for completing deals within time and budget constraints.

“When we opened three years ago, the timing was right for a lean, responsive and forward-thinking commercial real estate law firm,” said Sean Southard, a founding partner of CGS3. “The legal landscape in this country continues to evolve – and fortunately for us, demand continues to grow for smaller, more nimble and specialized firms who know what they do better than anyone else.”

CGS3 represents a new generation of law firm that is changing clients’ perceptions of how and when to use their lawyers, offering flexible, innovative fee arrangements and a client experience founded on superior responsiveness, negotiating style and deal ownership.

As the firm enters its fourth year, it has emerged as one of California’s leading commercial real estate law firms – more than doubling the size of its team and now offering a full complement of real estate mission-critical practice areas.

Recent firm news includes:

  • Hiring three new partners:  Evelyn Heidelberg, previously with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; David Swartz, former general counsel of Arden Realty, Inc.; and Dawn Saunders, previously with Mintz Levin.
  • Launching a new Land Use, Environmental and Natural Resources (LER) practice group.
  • Opening a new Los Angeles office – expanding the firm’s Southern California footprint and scope of services to more efficiently meet client needs.
  • Continuing to play a key role in some of the region’s most high profile deals and transactions – from the redevelopment of University Town Centre, to the development of Makers Quarter in the East Village of San Diego, to the development of the Saggio Hills luxury resort hotel, residences and spa in Healdsburg, California.

About Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3)

Since its inception in 2013, CGS3 has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading real estate law firms in California, attracting some of the state’s finest real estate attorneys from both large corporate firms and senior in-house positions.

With practice areas including land use, finance, acquisition/disposition, entity formation, tax, development, leasing, distressed assets and litigation/disputes, CGS3 serves clients throughout California and across the United States.  CGS3 has offices at 12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 250, San Diego, California 92130 and 2425 Olympic Boulevard, Suite 4000W, Santa Monica, California 90404. For more information, visit

Media contact:  Sydnie Moore (619) 823-8448