Danny Aleshire is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, focusing his practice on real estate, land use, and environmental matters. He previously served as the Assistant City Attorney for Signal Hill and currently serves as Special Counsel for the City of Carson, the Carson Reclamation Authority, City of Morro Bay, City of Rancho Palos Verdes, City of Lompoc, and City of Bell. He is the Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group as his work primarily involves major and complex land use and real estate projects for the firm’s various clients.
Danny joined the firm in 2018 after nine years of private practice representing a wide variety of real estate owners, developers, investors, institutions, nonprofits, and lenders on all aspects of real estate and project development involving large scale complex transactions, including trophy real estate assets across the country. During his time at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP, Danny successfully negotiated real estate transactions valued between $10 million to $700 million. He also assisted land owners and developers through all stages of the entitlement and development process, providing counsel to clients on local planning and zoning regulations and approvals along with related environmental matters.
Danny now advises various of the firm’s municipalities and agencies on development projects, real estate transactions, land use issues, state and local governmental regulatory requirements, and related environmental laws, including CEQA and the California Coastal Act.
Successfully negotiated agreements and processed entitlements and CEQA approvals on behalf of the City of Carson and the Carson Reclamation Authority to finally enable the remediation and development of a former 157 acre landfill in the City of Carson, which has remained undeveloped over the last 50 years since the closure of the landfill in 1965, which requires over $150 million of cleanup costs for the remediation of the site to allow for development.
Principally negotiated the agreements required for a unique property acquisition on behalf of the Death Valley Conservancy from U.S. Borax Inc., for the Ryan Camp property, a former mining site with historic value, including a Grant Agreement to ensure the capital funding and long-term endowment for the restoration and maintenance of Ryan Camp consisting of over $20 million.
Negotiated agreements for the acquisition of / approvals for various prime properties across the country, including the Hollywood-Highland site (the home of the Academy Awards), the Empire State Building, the Chicago UBS Tower, the Hilton San Diego, the Palladium in Hollywood, the Streets of Woodfield in Illinois, the Waldorf-Astoria Beverly Hills, and the Canyons Resort in Utah.
Managed the entitlement process for a new 1.8 million s.f. mixed-use development in Downtown Los Angeles.
Negotiated agreements with the Salvation Army and nine cities within Los Angeles County on behalf of the City of Bell to finalize a Reimbursement Agreement and other agreements for shelter beds within the Salvation Army Bell Shelter, in order to provide for a special pilot program utilizing Measure H Innovation Funding and cost sharing for the provision of homeless shelter beds and homeless service response to provide for a continuum of care system.
Prepared and drafted the set of form loan documents to be utilized by Blackstone Real Estate, consisting of over 25 agreements to be utilized by Blackstone for a new platform it proposed for investment and lending for properties across the country commencing in 2013.
Management of the CEQA approval process for the development of the Arts Club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, to serve as a West Coast location for the private members club originally founded in 1863 in London.
Led a project team through the entitlement and permitting process to redevelop the Alameda Square (now known as the ROW DTLA), a 32-acre mixed-use complex in Downtown Los Angeles, enabling the owner to obtain permits and begin construction in record time.
Representation of the City of Los Angeles with respect to its candidacy for the host city of the 2024 Olympic Games and negotiations with the IOC regarding various guaranties for such candidacy.
Various multi-state mortgage financings in connection with credit facilities ranging from $200-250 million.
Negotiation of property acquisitions and asset management agreements on behalf of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles to provide for homeless housing under Project Roomkey and Project Homekey, which were state-funded initiatives to provide funds for the purchase and rehabilitation of hotels and motels for conversion to housing opportunities.
Currently negotiating with Vistra, on behalf of Morro Bay, regarding the redevelopment of the former Morro Bay Power Plant, including entitlement and CEQA processing for a new Battery Energy Storage System which is proposed to be the largest battery energy storage project in the country.
Special Counsel, Carson Reclamation Authority
Assistant City Attorney, Signal Hill
State Bar of California
International City/County Management Association, Public Management, March 2005, The Past 50 Years of Local Government in California Provides Examples for All
• Death Valley Conservancy
• The Coalition for Veterans Land
• The Robinhood Foundation
• California Charter Schools Association
• Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs
• Urban Land Institute (ULI) Programming Committee
• ULI Leadership Council
• Central Cities Association Land Use and Development Committee
• Stanford Professionals in Real Estate
• LA County Bar Association Land Use Planning & Environmental Law Subcommittee
• Independent Cities Association Annual Summer Seminar, August 2021
• Los Angeles County Bar Association, November 2017
• The Urban Land Institute, November 2017
• Stanford Law School, JD, 2009
• Occidental College, BA, magna cum laude, 2005