Orange County Bar Association Opens Escrow on Its New Facility in Newport Beach

November 3rd, 2011
By: Evan Rothman, Stephens Friedland LLP

Stephens Friedland LLP founding partner Todd G. Friedland is proud to have served on the Orange County Bar Association Facilities Task Force which was charged with exploring the potential purchase of a new headquarters for the OCBA.  After lengthy efforts, on November 3, 2011, John Hueston, 2011 OCBA President, of Irell & Manella LLP sent the following email to the OCBA members regarding the new home of the OCBA.

 After a year of market and needs research followed by gritty negotiations, the OCBA has opened escrow on a property located at 4101 Westerly Place in the City of Newport Beach.  At 13,011 gross square feet, the one-story building offers more than twice the current leased space of the OCBA at a carrying cost less than the current monthly lease amount . . . The new space will include training and seminar rooms that will permit reduced event pricing for all OCBA members . . . . 

As lead counsel for a pro bono Irell & Manella team, Kyle Kawakami negotiated the purchase agreement and is overseeing the due diligence process during the escrow period.  The OCBA Facilities Task Force, comprised of Todd Friedland, John Hurlbut, Dimetria Jackson, Stuart Jasper, Kyle Kawakami, Richard Millar, Teresa McQueen, Kiran Sharma, and myself, provided leadership and support in all stages of the research, acquisition and planning process.   

What an exciting development for the OCBA and the Orange County legal community.

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