“He is the big name in land use and zoning, and he has a great reputation.”

Chambers USA 2020

George J. Mihlsten

Los Angeles
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA
 
 

Mr. Mihlsten has substantial experience in real estate, regulatory, and legislative issues at the local, state, and federal level. His work often includes real estate projects and transactions, including securing regulatory approvals for large scale development projects. In addition, Mr. Mihlsten has broad experience in complex regulatory and legislative issues.

Mr. Mihlsten’s work includes securing approvals for complex development projects, navigating environmental clearances pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and coordinating policy issues and legislative changes addressing issues affecting development and industry. Mr. Mihlsten has extensive experience in coordinating large teams in connection with these projects including architects, engineers, environmental scientists, community relations and communications specialists, and media relations experts. Mr. Mihlsten also works with many community and business leaders, representatives of organized labor, and elected officials in connection with many of these projects and issues.

Projects on which he has advised include studios, resorts, office complexes, mixed use projects, hospitals, high-rise condominium projects, shopping centers, oil fields, refineries, residential projects, and sports facilities. Mr. Mihlsten has served on a number of task forces dealing with issues such as housing policies, transportation policies, permit streamlining, and environmental review processes.


Specific projects for which Mr. Mihlsten has had primary responsibility, including coordination of legal, political, and communications issues for each project, include the following:

  • Approvals for the FivePoint/Newhall Ranch project involving approximately 23,000 residential units, 13 million square feet of commercial development
  • Approvals for the 18,000 seat Staples Center arena, home of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings
  • Approvals for US$1.6 billion Master Plan for Universal City on behalf of NBC Universal, including expansion of studio, offices, theme park, CityWalk, and Universal Studios tram tour
  • The Los Angeles Chargers NFL team in connection with various matters involving stadium issues
  • Madison Square Garden in connection with issues involving the Forum (arena) and the Los Angeles Clippers sports arena
  • The Disney Resort Specific Plan on behalf of The Walt Disney Company, a Master Plan for a Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, California
  • Approvals for a US$2 billion residential project adjacent to the Beverly Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
  • The Oakland A’s MLB team in connection with real estate issues involving a development project in Oakland, California
  • Simon Properties Group in connection with various mall development issues in California
  • Port automation and modernization issues for the Pacific Maritime Association involving the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach
  • Development of multiple senior living facilities for South Bay Partners in the Los Angeles region
  • Master Plan for Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California
  • Master Plan for Fox Studios in Los Angeles, California
  • Approvals for various refinery projects located in Southern California for World Oil Company
  • Approvals for a large carbon sequestration facility involving multiple refineries
  • Master Plan and long-term approvals for Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California
  • Master Plan and long-term approvals for Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills
  • Master Plan and long-term approvals for Loyola Marymount University
  • Approvals for a 800,000 square foot office building at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City
  • Long-term lease and financing agreements for new Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles County
  • Approvals for the 40 story Sun America tower in Century City on behalf of JMB Realty
  • Approvals for two 38 story residential towers/one 40 story office tower in Century City on behalf of JMB Realty
  • Sale of the Ahmanson Ranch property to the State of California on behalf of Washington Mutual for US$150 million
  • Complex regulatory approvals and Master Plan for US$2 billion Playa Vista, project one of the largest infill urban projects in Los Angeles, near Marina del Rey
  • Sale of a portion of the Playa Vista property to the State of California for US$139 million
  • Approvals for a 2 million square foot retail, office and residential project in Bakersfield, California
  • Sale of property for the development of a new regional hospital in California
  • Approvals for The Beverly Hilton Master Plan including a Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and residential towers
  • Approvals for a 4 million square foot mixed-use industrial and office project in City of Industry California and alternative Los Angeles Football Stadium project site
  • Approvals for the preservation, rehabilitation, and additions to Lincoln Place residential project in Venice area of Los Angeles
  • Approvals for the GH Palmer 1000 unit Lorenzo project adjacent to USC
  • Represented The Tornante Company in connection with certain long-term real estate investments
  • Development of programs, policies, and approvals for net zero greenhouse gas and net zero energy communities
 
 
 
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