Overview

Alex Caruso is a real estate transactional attorney and a member of both the Firm’s Retail and Commercial Development Team and Environmental Team. He handles a wide variety of real estate transactions, including the purchase, disposition and financing of retail projects, hotels and undeveloped land, as well as retail and office leasing.

As a member of the Environmental Team, Alex also advises clients on a wide range of matters, including federal and state regulatory compliance, the development and implementation of environmental management systems, and dispute resolution.  He also counsels developers in obtaining incentives for building affordable housing as part of brownfields redevelopment.

Prior to joining Cox Castle, Alex served as a Law Clerk in the Neighborhood Prosecutor’s Office for the Los Angeles City Attorney and as a Legal Extern for the Honorable Andre Birotte Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Alex received his J.D. from Pepperdine University in May 2017. During law school, Alex served as President of the Student Bar Association. He was the recipient of the Pepperdine University School of Law Parris Award for Excellence in Leadership. As an alumnus of Pepperdine Law, he currently co-chairs the Dean’s Council to the Law School’s Board of Advisors. He received his B.S. in Public Policy and Management with an emphasis in Real Estate Development from USC’s Price School of Public Policy in May 2013.

Experience

Environmental

  • Represents a Los Angeles based development company in the acquisition, soil and groundwater remediation, and brownfield redevelopment of a well-known former oil refinery site.
  • Represents an affordable housing developer in its multifamily brownfield redevelopment projects across Northern California.
  • Represents a Southern California developer in the acquisition, environmental due diligence and remediation strategy of an approximately 1,000-acre former manufacturing and military testing site.

Commercial Development and Leasing

  • Represents developers and owners of lifestyle and shopping centers in the negotiation of leases for major national tenants, regional tenants, and other specialty retailers.

  • Represents a prominent developer of luxury multifamily projects in its ground floor retail leasing transactions.

  • Represents one of the largest student housing developers in California in its ground floor retail leasing transactions.

  • Represents one of the largest privately held commercial development companies in the country, headquartered in Los Angeles, in its retail leasing transactions, purchase and sale transactions, and hospitality matters.

  • Represented a national mortgage lender in its leasing of office space in various office leasing transactions.

  • Represented the landlord in the lease of office space to a prominent film production company in West Los Angeles.

  • Represents a Los Angeles based development company in the acquisition, soil and groundwater remediation, and brownfield redevelopment of a well-known former oil refinery site.

  • Represents an affordable housing developer in its multifamily brownfield redevelopment projects across Northern California.

  • Represents a Southern California developer in the acquisition, environmental due diligence and remediation strategy of an approximately 1,000-acre former manufacturing and military testing site.

Insights

Awards & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

Selected as an “Influencer in Retail” in Globe St. Real Estate Forum, May 2020, as a member of the Retail and Commercial Development Team, the only law firm included as one of 15 national recipients.

Pepperdine University School of Law Parris Award for Excellence in Leadership

Professional Affiliations

Co-chair, Pepperdine University School of Law Dean’s Council

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

American Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association – Real Property Law Section

United Friends of the Children – Next Generation Board Member

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Education

J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 2017

B.S., University of Southern California, 2013

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