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About Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP was founded in Los Angeles in 1968, with the goal of providing superior and comprehensive legal services to businesses, institutions, and individuals in all aspects of the real estate, finance, and construction industries. Cox, Castle & Nicholson is now one of the largest full-service law firms specializing in real estate in the United States, and has over 120 transactional and litigation attorneys in our Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco offices.

We have substantial expertise in matters involving land and improved property acquisitions and dispositions; joint ventures; single and multi-family residential development; land use, entitlement and regulatory compliance (including coastal commission and condemnation); office, industrial, retail and mixed-use development, leasing and management; commercial lending and institutional investment; loan workouts and financial restructuring; construction; resort and hospitality; labor and employment; risk management and insurance; environmental compliance; renewable energy and natural resources; and tax and estate planning.

Because of this broad range of expertise and our complete understanding of our clients' businesses, Cox, Castle & Nicholson has the unique ability to utilize an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving in both negotiations and litigation. We pride ourselves on staying current with developments in the law and the impact changes in the law have on our clients' business plans. Our attorneys are particularly skilled at identifying the legal issues facing our clients and devising solutions that not only address those issues but advance our clients’ business goals as well.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1968 Number of Partners 73
Number of offices 3 Partner:associate ratio 1.90
Biggest office Los Angeles Percentage of women attorneys 18.40
Number of attorneys 118 Percentage of minority attorneys 14.40
Number of associates 38 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.50
Area of practice

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Construction
  • Construction Claims & Litigation
  • Contractor'S Licensing
  • Design & Construction Contracts
  • Lien Law Remedies
  • Prevailing Wage & Public Works
  • Risk Management & Insurance
  • Environmental
  • Institutional Investment & Finance
  • Labor & Employment
  • Land Use
  • Natural Resources
  • Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate
  • Tax & Estate Planning
Awards and recognitions

US News & World Report and Best Lawyers
Leading Law Firms in the United States - Environmental, Real Estate, Real Estate - Land Use, 2015 - Chambers USA
Top Attorneys - Kenneth Bley, Phillip Nicholson, Ira Waldman, Mathew Wyman and Michael Zischke, 2015 - Chambers USA
Legal 500 United States
Leading Firm - Land Use/Zoning & Real Estate, 2015
Additionally, the series recognized 5 Cox, Castle & Nicholson attorneys: Michael Zischke in Land Use/Zoning and Adam Weissburg, Adriana Vesci, Phillip Nicholson & Randall Black in Real Estate, 2015
Law 360
Cox, Castle & Nicholson included as a "Regional Powerhouse of 2015"
ALM's Real Estate Forum
Margo Bradish recognized in ALM Women of Influence's "2015 Women to Watch."
Super Lawyers


At Cox, Castle & Nicholson, we believe that individuals with diverse backgrounds enrich our work environment, add value to the legal services we provide, and enhance the overall culture of our firm. The firm is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains policies with regard to hiring and conduct in the workplace to support and reflect the diversity of the communities in which we conduct business and from which we hire. The firm provides an environment of fairness and equitable treatment of everyone, regardless of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting staff and professionals from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Summer associate program

Cox, Castle & Nicholson has a summer program for second-year law students that provides a challenging and realistic law firm experience. Our program gives students a chance to interact with associates and partners to gain an understanding of the firm's culture. We believe that our people, the quality of our work product, and our overall working environment truly distinguishes us from other top law firms. Indeed, a large percentage of our partners were former summer clerks and have spent their entire careers at the firm.

A typical summer class ranges from two to four students. The smaller size fosters a very friendly environment and enables us to give each student individualized attention and training. Our summer clerks work on varied, interesting transactional and litigation projects, and generally receive prompt and constructive feed-back on their work.

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Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP LOCATIONS


Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Headquarters

2049 Century Park East ,
28th Floor
Los Angeles, CA


Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Office

555 California Street ,
Suite 3200
San Francisco, CA

415-262-5100 phone
415-262-5199 fax


Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Office

3121 Michelson Drive ,
Suite 200
Irvine, CA

949-260-4600 phone
949-260-4699 fax

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