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national   /   December 8, 2020

Paul Bubny
By: Paul Bubny

Lawyers in Real Estate 2020: Pillsbury Law's James Rishwain

James Rishwain, an accomplished partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, has served as a preeminent legal adviser to global market leaders, Fortune 100 companies, real estate companies, professional service firms, family offices and corporate boards.
He also served for more than a decade as Pillsbury’s global chair and CEO. Prior to assuming those roles, Rishwain spent a decade as the global leader of the Firm’s real estate practice. Currently he serves as the leader of Pillsbury’s Real Estate and Construction Industry Team, with real estate and construction as core elements of the firm’s strategic focus.

Leveraging his deep knowledge of capital markets and real estate, Rishwain advises on investments and acquisitions, development, finance, joint ventures, leasing, exchanges, multifamily tax-exempt bond transactions, syndications and REITs. His real estate transaction work has earned him distinction as the California Lawyer of the Year and a Deal of the Year award.

Rishwain also serves on numerous board of directors of for profit, civic and charitable organizations. He advises organizations on their strategic growth and development plans. Finally, Rishwain is active in many organizations in the City of Los Angeles, including those with respect to sports and entertainment, schools, parks and homeowners associations, and energy and infrastructure.

Holder of a CEO Diversity Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices, Rishwain is an active proponent of diversity in the legal profession and holds a. In each of his years as Firm Chair, Pillsbury was named as a Working Mother Best Company, and was among the Top 10 best companies in the United States in 2008.

It’s for these reasons that we named James Rishwain to our inaugural grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community.

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