Martha B. Jordan

Retired Partner

Martha Jordan retired from partnership in December 2009. Her practice focused on a broad range of real estate project representation including land use, finance and general corporate transactional work. A substantial portion of her practice involved the transfer and/or financing of multi-state portfolios of real property. She was actively involved in many aspects of numerous REIT transactions, including the formation, roll-up and initial public offerings of Maguire Properties, Inc., Digital Realty Trust, Inc., AMB Property Corporation, Arden Realty and Kilroy Realty and Center Trust. She represented public companies and REITs in connection with acquisitions, credit facilities and other portfolio financing deals such as CMBS or securitized debt, including the financing and acquisition by Maguire Properties of the $1.5 billion CommonWealth office portfolio. Other multi-property transactions include the reorganization of Red Lion Hotels, the sale of Wine World Estates (including the Beringer Winery), the acquisition of Orchard Supply Hardware, the sale of the Stouffer Hotel chain, and the acquisition of A&M Homes.

Ms. Jordan worked on a variety of public/private development joint ventures with private developers and governmental agencies such as the City of Los Angeles, the Community Redevelopment Agency, the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Such projects include the Maguire Thomas Partners Library Square Project (2.5 million sq. ft. multi-phased office development in downtown Los Angeles), the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA, the Metropolis Project (2.7 million sq. ft., multi-phased mixed-use development in Los Angeles), the Disney Concert Hall project, and the Mello-Roos financing for the Pershing Square public park in downtown Los Angeles.

Ms. Jordan served in many different management roles at Latham & Watkins, including as the managing partner for the Los Angeles office from 1998 through June of 2004. Active in numerous charitable and civic organizations, she served on the Board of Public Counsel, LA's Best, The California Women's Law Center and Penn State's Smeal College of Business. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the former Chair of the Board of the Ketchum Downtown YMCA. She was named one of California's Top 100 most influential lawyers by California Law Business in 1999 and was selected for the Lawdragon 500, a list of 500 leading lawyers in the US as ranked by clients and peers.  



  • JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1983
  • MBA, University of Cincinnati, 1978
  • BS, Penn State University, 1976
    High Distinction