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OVERVIEW

Salvador P. LaViña
Partner

Los Angeles

2029 Century Park East
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P 424-239-3743

F 310-284-3894

OVERVIEW

Salvador P. LaViña
Partner

Los Angeles

2029 Century Park East
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P 424-239-3743

F 310-284-3894

Business lawyer and trusted adviser Sal LaViña closes complex transactions and provides strategic advice to his many successful clients. With more than three decades of experience, Sal serves as a battle-tested leader who listens attentively and executes swiftly client objectives, whether closing a multistate marquee deal or a fixing a local problem.

OVERVIEW

Business lawyer and trusted adviser Sal LaViña closes complex transactions and provides strategic advice to his many successful clients. With more than three decades of experience, Sal serves as a battle-tested leader who listens attentively and executes swiftly client objectives, whether closing a multistate marquee deal or a fixing a local problem.

Clients turn to Sal for guidance with their deal ventures and he has closed or supervised transactions totaling nearly $10 billion dollars over the past decade. He is a skilled negotiator and communicator, and has deep experience in virtually all areas of real estate, including acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, multifamily transactions, 1031 exchanges, real estate fund formation, development and construction, public-private and multistate matters.

In the corporate realm, Sal focuses on capital raising, fund formation, syndications and private placements, infrastructure and mid-market mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset transactions. Sal also counsels clients on workouts, crisis management and investor and LLC disputes. He is an invited guest speaker throughout the business community on real estate, finance, forecasting and business development topics.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Sal led law firms and businesses alike. After law school, he spent several years at O’Melveny & Myers, followed by serving as managing partner in a business law firm, as well as general counsel and a partner in a real estate development company. He is a licensed California broker and works on his own deals. Sal knows, from first-hand experience, the pressures clients face running a business and brings this sensitivity to his practice at every turn.

Prior to the law, Sal worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. This experience taught him early on to be concise, and writing headlines back then taught him to articulate bottom lines today for clients. Sal remains dedicated to meeting even the tightest deadlines while processing complicated information under pressure.

Sal is dedicated to giving back to the communities where he lives and works. He walks the walk, and exemplifies his belief that service is at the heart of being a well-rounded lawyer.

Professional and Community Involvement

Former board member and general counsel, UCLA Alumni Association

Advisory board member, UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, a joint center of UCLA Anderson Business School and UCLA School of Law

Member, UCLA Centennial Campaign

Member, UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group

Member, Wooden Athletic Fund Coaches Roundtable

Member, UCLA Foundation Campaign of Champions

Participant, Interview With a Bruin and Alumni Mentor, UCLA

Lecturer/educator, UCLA Extension courses on business and real estate law

Member, Columbia University Alumni Association

Member, American Mensa

Board member, The Village Family Services

Former board member, Para Los Niños

Serves on additional nonprofit boards that focus on helping underserved children in the communities where he grew up

Community redevelopment, representing several cities in South Los Angeles

Former chief of staff, Operation Hope, which focused on rebuilding businesses in South Central Los Angeles

Volunteer, speech and debate tournaments, mentoring and speaking on career development at inner-city high schools

Honors

Nominated member, UCLA Order of the Golden Bruin

EXPERIENCE
INSIGHTS & EVENTS
Presentations
  • “It’s All About Structuring: Strategies to Create Optimal Results Prior to Selling a Company or Assets, or Expecting a Windfall,” Family Chateaux Family Office Summit, Sherwood Country Club (Sept. 13, 2017)
  • “The Multifamily Crystal Ball: The Current Market and Forecasts of How Demographic Changes and Affordable Housing Demands Will Reshape the Multifamily Sector Over the Next Ten Years,” USC Gould Real Estate Law and Business Forum, Los Angeles Jonathan Club (March 9, 2017)
  • “State of the Market: Construction, Design Development-Changing Demands,” Bisnow LA State of the Market Event, Century Plaza Hotel (Feb. 14, 2017)
  • “Future of Multifamily: The Impact of Emerging Markets on the Multifamily Market,” The Future of SoCal Super Regional Event, Millenium Biltmore Los Angeles (Nov. 11, 2016)
  • “Real Estate Investment Panel for Family Offices,” Family Chateaux Summit, Sherwood Country Club (July 21, 2016)
  • “Trends and Developments in California's Multifamily and Mixed-Use Market,” Los Angeles Multifamily and Mixed-Use Forum, Montage Beverly Hills (Feb. 24, 2016)
  • “IRC Section 1031 Legal Updates,” Beverly Hills Bar Association (May 13, 2015)
  • “Anatomy of a Deal: Script for a Modern Day Soap Opera – A Case Study and Analysis of Complex Issues involving a Company Looking to Create Shareholder Liquidity,” Provisors M&A Group (April 8, 2015)
  • “Rainmaking: Getting and Giving Valuable Referrals,” Provisors Century City (Jan. 23, 2015)
  • “Rainmaking: Getting and Giving Valuable Referrals,” Provisors M&A Group (Nov. 25, 2014)
  • “Distressed Commercial Real Estate Opportunities – Legal Experts Panel” Real Estate Investment Conference, Century City (Oct. 2010)
  • “From the Frontlines: Syndicators Prospering After the Real Estate Downturn,” Provisors Real Estate Investment Group (Sept. 2010)
  • “Where’s the Tsunami? Recent Trends in CMBS Defaults,” SSW Real Estate Workout Forum, downtown Los Angeles (Sept. 2009)

*These occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

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