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Real Estate Attorney

Culver City, California, United States
December 03, 2018

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Transactional attorney (JD/MBA) with expertise in real estate and corporate law, including purchase and sale agreements, escrow, title review, foreclosures, commercial leasing (including cell sites), loan originations and modifications, loan audits, limited partnerships and LLCs, corporations, securities, nonprofits, landlord/tenant law

(including unlawful detainers), mixed-use, and closings. Licensed in California, State Bar #213728.



Secured Lending Contract Review Cost Analysis UCC Filings Loan Workouts Anti-Deficiency Laws Waterfall Analysis Due Diligence Escrow, Closings Purchases and Sales Revenue Recovery Lease Review Title and Survey Mechanic’s Liens Easements, CC&Rs Condominiums PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Project Attorney hired by staffing agencies for real estate and corporate projects throughout Los Angeles

• Recently completed e-discovery project on a large insider trading case for client of Latham & Watkins

• Also completed large electronic document production for real estate client of major Los Angeles firm

• Drafted loan origination documents for downtown law firm representing banks and investment companies

• Prepared commercial office leases and management contracts for local real estate management company AMERICAN COMMERCIAL EQUITIES, Malibu, CA

Corporate and Real Estate Counsel, July 2015 – April 2016 Interim attorney hired through Robert Half Legal for in-house legal department of real estate investment company

• Drafted ground leases, commercial leases (net, NNN, percentage), estoppels, purchase and sale agreements, property transfers and license agreements

• Reviewed shopping center vendor contracts and letters of intent

• Assisted general counsel in real estate refinancing transactions and closings

• Advised on corporate governance issues; drafted trademark and due formation opinions REED SMITH, Los Angeles, CA

Contract Lawyer, October 2013 – April 2015

Project attorney hired through Special Counsel for large arbitration matter

• Drafted arbitration briefs and monitored quality control for submission of first 900 briefs in firm’s representation of major U.S. bank in mortgage insurance cancellation dispute

• Assessed facts concerning alleged fraudulent lending practices for portfolio of foreclosed loans

• Honed skills in appraisal and financial analysis, loan auditing, issue spotting and electronic document review, including Acrobat and Relativity

VECAST INC., Pasadena, CA

In-House Counsel, July 2011 – January 2013

Legal advisor for developer of cable TV components and triple-play manufacturing

• Represented company during its early stages of going public with SEC registration, SOX compliance issues and corporate governance

• Advised executives on state and federal securities laws and reporting requirements

• Drafted S-1 Registration Statement and amendments, legal opinions, stock option and stock purchase agreements, shareholder meeting documents and debt/equity conversions Resume of Susan L. Oder, continued

ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT & INVESTMENT, INC., Los Angeles, CA Associate General Counsel, 2007 – 2010

In-house attorney for developer of low income tax credit (IRC Section 42) housing

• Interfaced with construction managers, architects, operations managers, asset managers, bankers, CTCAC and CRA officials, and outside counsel in operation of over 3,000 apartment units

• Drafted loan origination documents, loan conversion documents and construction contracts

• Managed closings and resolved Section 8 and other tenant disputes

• Recovered over $230,000 in past due accounts, prior to company takeover by a Receiver PATIENT SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Los Angeles, CA Vice President and Corporate Counsel, 2005 – 2007

In-house attorney for publicly-held holding company and subsidiaries, developers of the SurgiCount Safety Sponge System used in hospital surgeries

• Counseled executives in stock exchange and insider trading rules

• Drafted loan agreements, promissory notes, Rule 144 opinions and Form 8-K filings

• Assisted Chief Financial Officer with annual meetings and 10-K and 10-Q filings

• Instrumental in divesting of assets during corporate reorganization GALAXY COMMERCIAL HOLDING, LLC, Beverly Hills, CA

General Counsel, 2004 – 2005

In-house legal advisor for developer of office building and other rehab projects in California and Arizona

• Advised principals in real estate development with daily legal and business decisions, litigation risk, contract dispute settlement, construction issues and entity formation

• Managed purchase and sale transactions; handled leasing, signage, title, and CAM issues

• Interfaced with government agencies, investors and outside counsel in documenting transactions

• Drafted CC&Rs, reciprocal use agreements, operating agreements, loan agreements, leases, estoppels, confidentiality agreements and SNDAs.

HUNT & ASSOCIATES, San Luis Obispo, CA

Associate Attorney, 2002 – 2004

Responsible for majority of real estate, corporate and transactional clients for this small law firm, and for development of new business

• Advised clients in business formation, real property subdivisions, construction, leasing, land use, zoning and employment matters

• Analyzed environmental and geologic reports in local water district’s defense of new dam

• Served as Assistant City Attorney for city of Pismo Beach under City Attorney Hunt AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

Lifetime Achievement Award, LAPA, 2013

Outstanding Service Award, West L.A. Dive Club, 2011 Master Scuba Diver and Divemaster Certifications, PADI, 2005 and 2007 Letter of Commendation, State Bar of California, 2001 EDUCATION

Juris Doctorate, Whittier College School of Law

Master of Business Administration, The Anderson School, UCLA Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, University of Southern California

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