Scott M. Kalt


Bar Admissions

State Bar of California


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, cum laude

B.A., University of Michigan, with highest distinction

Scott is a founding partner of Elkins Kalt, providing top-tier legal services to all of the relevant players in today’s sophisticated commercial real estate environment. His clients range from entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals to all types of real estate companies, including publicly traded REITs, mid-sized partnerships and institutional groups. His work ranges from include retail, industrial, and commercial leases, all aspects of financing transactions, acquisition and disposition matters, as well as joint venture negotiations and agreements in hospitality-related transactions.

In his practice, Scott represents landlords and tenants in leasing office, industrial, telecommunications, and retail projects throughout California, and he has worked with both buyers and sellers in the transfer of commercial, retail, industrial, residential, hotel and studio properties. He has also helped resolve numerous partnership disputes over the years and has significant experience structuring joint ventures on behalf of both the investor and developer partners.

Career Highlights

Represented sponsor in negotiation of numerous preferred equity investments with opportunity fund on hotel developments throughout United States.

On behalf of a hotel owner, negotiated and documented the re-financing and re-capitalization of two hotel properties, involving a new joint venture agreement between the sponsor and a REIT.

Represented REIT in negotiations of 100,000 square feet lease with television station at TV Studio.

Represented trustee in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving complex ownership structure with respect to over 100 properties.

Legal counsel on behalf of tenants and landlords in numerous leases of office space in excess of 50,000 rentable square feet throughout California.

Lead counsel for REIT in acquisition and disposition of over $10 billion of commercial properties throughout California and the western United States.

Represented landlord in the leasing/licensing of telecommunication facilities in downtown Los Angeles.

Represented land banker in the negotiation of over $1 billion of land banking transactions with publicly-traded homebuilders throughout the United States.

Represented developer in joint venture and land assemblage/land use issues for development of mixed-use projects in downtown Long Beach.

Primary counsel for investor in acquisition and financing of studio projects in Hollywood, including structuring joint venture arrangement with institutional equity partner.

Represented investors in formation of investment funds to acquire a variety of distressed real estate assets.

Represented major landlords of commercial space in over 5,000 office lease transactions (valued at approximately $25 billion).

Handled acquisition of promissory notes on discounted basis and subsequent foreclosures on behalf of numerous investors.

Represented developer in development of medical office buildings on ground leasehold interests adjacent to hospitals throughout western United States.


Top 20 lawyers under 40 in the State of California, May 2002


American Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Publications & Speaking

Resolving Troubled Commercial Real Estate Loans for Financial Institutions

Frequent speaker on office and retail leasing issues and negotiation of hotel management agreements, structuring joint ventures, and acquisition and disposition agreements

Speaker at annual USC Real Estate Conference – 2011, 2012