Christopher J. Rizza


Bar Admissions

State Bar of California


J.D./M.B.A., Loyola Law School

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Complementing his legal practice, Chris is a licensed California real estate broker with in-house experience with a private real estate development company. Matched with his dual JD/MBA, Chris offers a unique perspective into each client’s business considerations, which he understands must often take precedence in negotiating and finalizing a deal.

Chris’ law practice focuses on real estate transactions in retail, office, and industrial leasing transactions. His work involves acquisitions and dispositions, development and construction matters, and structuring complicated real estate finance deals. He prepares and negotiates leases as well as a variety of necessary leasing and brokerage agreements, subleases, workouts, guarantees, and letters of credit. He has represented REITs, developers, pension funds, as well as national, regional and local tenants.

Career Highlights

Negotiated numerous commercial lease agreements for one of California’s largest privately held REIT and master planner for their portfolio of high-end shopping centers in Southern California.

Represented national and regional shopping center developers in the acquisition and lease up of several “big box” anchored shopping centers (e.g., Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, Home Depot and Lowe’s).

Advised a large privately held real estate investment company in connection with leasing-up, repositioning, and redeveloping its vast portfolio of retail and retail-driven mixed-use properties in the Western United States.

Negotiated and drafted purchase and sale agreements, professional services and contractor agreements, and public improvement agreements.

Represented a private real estate development company in the purchase of raw land, obtaining of entitlements, and the design and construction of finished lots for sale to national and regional homebuilders. In connection therewith, prepared gross profit projections and detailed market analyses to estimate market conditions, finished lot prices, and desired product types.

Represented a Fortune 500 company in the expansion of its network of communication sites, retail stores, and offices in the Western United States.


International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Estate Division