Chair, Alternative Energy Practice
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University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 1989.Managing Editor, U.C. Davis Law Review.
University of London, M.A., Chinese Law, 1986.
University of California, San Diego, B.A., departmental honors, 1984.
Keith Allen Niesen is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He is the chair of Manatt’s Alternative Energy practice group. Mr. Allen-Niesen previously served as the firm’s National Hiring Partner, was the former director of the firm’s Southern California Business & Transactions unit and a member of the firm’s Compensation Committee.
Mr. Allen-Niesen’s practice involves providing counsel to public and private companies. He has a broad range of transactional experience, and oversees major business litigation, business transactions, land use and development matters. He also has extensive experience in the acquisition, development and sale of hotels, resorts, golf courses, restaurants, office buildings, residential subdivisions, shopping centers and industrial sites, including transactions involving contaminated real property. In addition, he represents landlords on both leasing and management issues for office buildings, mixed-use developments and shopping centers. Mr. Allen Niesen also has significant experience in public/private development, land use and loan workouts involving real estate collateral.
Mr. Allen Niesen’s clients include Maguire Properties, JP Morgan Investment Management, Playa Capital, Hydrogen Energy International, The Mills Corporation, The Apparel Group, CIM, CB Richard Ellis Investors, Bank of America, the Bill Hannon Foundation, Fandango, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Aerospace Corporation, Decron Properties and Integrated Capital.
The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2013.
Recognized as one of the top real estate attorneys in Southern California by Real Estate Southern California, 2006-2009.
America's Best Lawyers, Forbes, 2004.
Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005-2011.
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell.
Executive Committee, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.
Former Vice Chairman, City of Los Angeles Industrial Development Authority.
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Estate Section.
Member, American Bar Association.
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers.
Member, Urban Land Institute.
Member, Los Angeles City Attorney’s task force on the redevelopment of Los Angeles after the 1992 civil unrest.
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