David Waite and Elizabeth Willes Named 2022 Commercial Real Estate Visionaries

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LOS ANGELES – May 16, 2022 – 

Congratulation to David Waite and Elizabeth Willes for being featured as 2022 Commercial Real Estate Visionaries in the LA Times Commercial Real Estate Magazine.

David Waite, Partner

Waite, a leading real estate, land use and environmental attorney, has made a lasting commitment to addressing the social, economic and environmental issues that have plagued his hometown. A partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, Waite’s core belief that good land use strategies, practices and policies can respond to the challenges of the region and has served as a guiding principle in his counsel to clients. He leverages his expertise to provide leadership and build relationships, engage the community and inform public policy - thereby helping his clients and colleagues successfully bring much-needed housing and other needed infrastructures to tackle community challenges.

Through more than two decades of experience, Waite has developed a deep understanding of the complexities of development, which has enabled him to find common ground to successfully execute client projects to final approval.

Elizabeth Willes, Partner

Elizabeth Willes is a partner at Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP and a leading transactional attorney who focuses on real estate investment, finance and development. With more than 26 years of experience, she focuses primarily on representation of institutional investors, including public pension plans, in all areas of real estate investment, including through joint ventures with developers and domestic and international commingled funds.

Willes has expertise in large office and life science developments, representing a state pension plan in committing over $1 billion toward projects in Cambridge, Burlingame, Sunnyvale, and San Diego over the last two years. She also represented an institutional investor in committing more than $200 million to multiple single-family home builders in multiple states. Willes also represents governmental pension plans investing in platform development funds and in 2021, represented such governmental pension plans in committing more than $1 billion to build-to-rent single-family development funds and separate accounts.

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