Pantea (pronounced Pawn-tee) is a Partner in the Litigation Department.
Pantea resolves a wide range of disputes involving real estate and construction defect claims, with a focus on property and projects in Southern California. From protecting the rights of commercial and residential landlords to negotiating settlements to contentious challenges involving developers, commercial lease holders, and buyers and sellers in the nation’s most expensive property markets, Pantea adds tremendous value with her strategic handling of matters.
When advising commercial and residential landlords and commercial tenants, Pantea manages the full spectrum of their legal needs and obligations—from lease terminations and ADA claims to landlord protections during COVID-19 restrictions.
Pantea’s creatively assertive resolution style centers around positioning clients strategically from the outset and powerful client advocacy. For example, when resolving a high-profile easement dispute against a celebrity real estate developer, Pantea negotiated a highly favorable settlement that shored up her clients’ rights beyond their initial wish list.
Appreciated for her market savvy and big-picture vision, Pantea has experience with all property types—shopping centers, mixed-use, retail, residential, industrial, office buildings, and more. Her litigation background includes purchaser and seller disputes as well as easement, property line, quiet title, tenant/landlord, neighbor, construction, and disability access issues.
Early in her career, Pantea served as Special Deputy Prosecutor for the City Attorney’s Office of Hermosa Beach, where she first chaired misdemeanor cases through verdict, and lectured on trial advocacy. Prior to joining ECJ, Pantea was a litigation associate at the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
As an alumna of Harvard Law School, Pantea currently serves as the Vice President—At Large on the Executive Board of the Harvard Law School Association; this is a position she assumed following her two-year Presidency of the Association’s Los Angeles chapter. Southern California Super Lawyers has repeatedly recognized Pantea, initially as a Rising Star, and since 2017, as a Super Lawyer for excellence in business and real estate litigation.
Represented both buyers and sellers in a myriad of escrow and purchase disputes
Represented commercial landlords and tenants and residential landlords in a wide range of lease disputes
Represented owners in tenant/landlord, easement, property line, partition, quiet title, trespass, construction and nuisance lawsuits
Represented international developer in fraudulent transfer and contract dispute in connection with a $20 million property
Represented widow in probate dispute with stepchildren over residential and business properties inherited by widow from late husband
Represented landlord in breach of contract, equitable indemnity and negligence claims against lessee
Represented client in lawsuit against real estate broker for fraud and extortion
Represented historical bagel company whose lease was being improperly terminated by their landlord and succeeded in positioning the client to remain in and purchase the building
Represented business owner in hotly contested business valuation dispute involving multiple defendants and prevailed on a dispositive anti-SLAPP motion
Represented property owners of an industrial building in an easement dispute against their neighbors
Represented lenders in a claim of usury in connection with an $850,000 promissory note
Represented virtual reality content developers in partnership dispute and litigation involving stolen content, digital media for virtual reality devices and equipment
Represented numerous celebrity interior designers in business and employment disputes
Represented international manufacturer and distributor of aerospace parts in nearly 600 person class action employment lawsuit
Represented a private hospital in merger with a university medical school to become a nationally distinguished academic medical center
Honors & Affiliations
Honors & Recognitions
Southern California Super Lawyers, 2017-2021
Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, various years
Community & Professional
Harvard Law School Association, Vice President—At Large (July 2019 - Present)
Harvard Law School Association of Los Angeles, President (January 2017 - 2019)
Legal Aid Foundation, Los Angeles, Past First Vice Chair – Associates’ Advisory Board
Step Up Women’s Network
J.D., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
Editor Negotiation Law Review
Editor Harvard Law Record
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa