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San Diego Boutique Law Firm Celebrates Two Years of Growth, Success

July 15, 2015 CGS3 CGS3 Team

CGS3 Helps Clients Maximize Investments

SAN DIEGO – When San Diego-based Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) was launched two years ago, the timing was right for a lean, responsive and highly capable boutique commercial real estate law firm.

“In the aftermath of the Great Recession, demand was high for smaller, more nimble – and less cost prohibitive – law firms,” said Sean Southard, a founding partner of CGS3. “The legal landscape in this country continues to evolve, and fortunately for us, the timing for CGS3 was spot on.”

By developing profitable alternative fee arrangements, leveraging off technology, reducing overhead, and relying on creative staffing solutions, CGS3 has helped clients maximize their investments – without compromising legal interests, business relationships or profitability.

In fact, since it was founded in July 2013, CGS3 has emerged as one of the region’s leading commercial real estate firms – with a forward-thinking business model characterized by highly specialized services, low overhead and, most importantly, some of California’s top legal talent.

As the firm enters its third year, it has more than doubled the size of its team and added best-in-class critical practice areas – creating a one-stop shop to partner with commercial real estate companies of all sizes and types at every stage of the real estate life cycle. Recent firm news includes:

  • The launch of a completely reimagined website which is more succinct, visually compelling and engaging. Here, the firm features innovative client projects, such as the MAKE creative office space in Carlsbad, California as well as the Lucky Dragon Casino, the newest casino on the Las Vegas strip. Check out these and others by visiting, and navigating to Innovation at Work under the Client Experience tab.
  • Development of the new CGS3 Building Innovation Series, a quarterly event at which regular speakers examine hot button issues related to commercial real estate and the law. The next event, “Forming and Operating a Bulletproof LLC,” will take place on Thursday, July 30.
  • Playing a key role in some of the region’s most high profile and complex deals and transactions – from the development of the Pendry Hotel in the historic Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, to the acquisition of a membership interest in a master joint venture for the development of Makers Quarter, a unique redevelopment project in downtown San Diego, to representing the Port of San Diego as landlord in the development and ground lease of the former Lane Field.


About Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3)

Since its inception in 2013, CGS3 has emerged as the preeminent real estate law firm in San Diego, attracting some of the state’s finest real estate attorneys from both large corporate firms and senior in-house positions.

With practice areas including finance, acquisition/disposition, entity formation, tax, development, leasing, distressed assets and litigation/disputes, CGS3 is located at 12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 250, San Diego, California 92130. For more information, visit