Greg Karns is a partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson, one of the largest real estate law firms in the country, where here he manages the firm’s Pacific Rim Group. For over thirty years, international investors, lenders, and developers from Greater China and Asia have depended on Greg’s highly sophisticated real estate acquisitions and finance, construction and development, and entity structure and joint venture negotiation. He has a key understanding of his clients’ business needs and objectives, and has been recognized for his creative, effective, and efficient approach.

Greg’s clients range from large international institutions to more entrepreneurial private companies.  Over his career he has worked on an extensive array of commercial real estate investment, development, and loan transactions.  And within the firm, Greg can call upon some of the leading real estate lawyers in the country.  Their extensive experience and connections within the real estate industry are unparalleled.

Greg often speaks to local real estate and banking groups, and sits on the boards of several professional, trade, and nonprofit organizations, including the Asian Business League and Lambda Alpha International, an international land economics society.



Speaking Engagements


Awards & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2024

Professional Affiliations

Asian Business League (ABL)


Hong Kong Association

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California


J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1983, cum laude

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1980, with honors

at Cox Castle

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