Chris is a transactional real estate attorney with considerable experience representing a broad spectrum of clients, from large institutional investors, REITs, master developers and public companies, to nimble entrepreneurial developers, non-institutional investors and local builders.
Chris has a well-earned reputation for successfully navigating complex legal challenges with a practical approach to problem solving. He is part of the award-winning Cox Castle Real Estate practice which has received recognition by Chambers and Partners USA, U.S. News – Best Law Firms, and Legal 500, among others.
Clients look to Chris to “run the deal” and rely on him to negotiate the acquisition, sale and development of complex multi-family and mixed-use projects, homebuilding projects, industrial projects and medical office and traditional office transactions.
Chris provides key strategic and risk management counsel to his clients while structuring and preparing acquisition, disposition, joint venture, property and development management, profit participation, and related critical deal agreements.
Chris has also represented some of the nation's most prestigious country clubs in connection with the structuring and implementation of equity and non-equity membership programs, creating balloting programs, preparation of club bylaws and addressing ongoing member matters. Chris has also successfully closed the sale of a number of operating golf courses and navigated the challenges unique to this asset class. Chris earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law in 2001, where he participated in the Hale Moot Court honors program.
- Media Mention, GlobeSt.com, 3.29.23
- News, Bisnow, Attorney at Law Los Angeles, Daily Journal, USC Gould School of Law Class Notes, 1.8.19
- Press Release, CCN, 1.2.19
- Matt Wyman, Erica Bose & Chris Stark Quoted In GlobeSt. Article - Cautious Optimism Permeates Mood At MosconeNews, GlobeSt.com, 7.16.18
Awards & Affiliations
Honors & Recognitions
Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2017-2018 and 2022
Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2015 and 2022
Lambda Alpha International Honorary Society
Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of California
J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, 2001, with honors
B.A., Arizona State University, 1998, cum laude