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Respected Real Estate Attorney Robert J. Bell Joins CGS3 as Partner

September 13, 2018 CGS3 News Release

SAN DIEGO (September 12, 2018) – Adding one of the region’s top real estate lawyers to its ranks, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) has named long-time San Diego attorney Robert “Bob” J. Bell as its newest partner. With more than 40 years of industry experience, Bell focuses his practice on real estate development/construction, investment and brokerage matters and will work from CGS3’s headquarters in San Diego.

Robert Bell

Robert “Bob” Bell

Bell’s 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. He has represented some of the nation’s most successful homebuilders and commercial developers.

In addition, Bell is a licensed California real estate broker and served as outside general counsel for the San Diego Association of Realtors for over 25 years.  He is also a founding member of the California Association of Realtors’ Legal Affairs Committee.

“We are excited and humbled to have Bob join our team of best-in-class attorneys,” said Sean Southard, a founding partner at CGS3. “He is a master legal craftsman and industry icon with years of law firm management experience. Like all of our lateral partners, Bob is convinced that to effectively respond to the demands of a new generation of sophisticated commercial real estate clients, lawyers need to deliver legal services differently and more efficiently. We couldn’t be more pleased to have his insights and leadership as CGS3 continues to evolve and refine its brand of excellence in adding real and immediate value to our clients.”

Bell began his legal career in 1976 with San Diego’s then-largest law firm, Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, serving as its managing partner from 2004 to 2009. He continued with Luce Forward through a merger with Mckenna Long & Aldridge, a national firm and then Denton’s, one of the largest international law firms.

Active in both professional and community organizations, he is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Lambda Alpha International Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics, and the San Diego chapter of NAIOP.  Bell also serves on the Policy Advisory Board for Commercial Real Estate of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, University of San Diego. Additionally, he is past president of the San Diego County Apartment Association and the San Diego Fair Housing Council and served on the board of directors of the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation. The recipient of numerous industry accolades, he was most recently named the Best Lawyers 2018 Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego.

He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

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, land use, leasing, distressed assets and litigation/disputes, CGS3 is located at 12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 250, San Diego, California 92130 and 10940 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2200, Los Angeles, California 90024.

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