ECJ Partners Al Valencia and Pantea Yashar 2023 Leaders of Influence


Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP announced today that Partners Albert Valencia and Pantea Yashar have been recognized as minority leaders of influence in a special issue by the Los Angeles Business Journal. According to the publisher, the feature profiles “those standout minority attorneys considered to be particularly impactful on the legal scene while serving as trusted advisors.”

“Alongside the business journal, we congratulate Al and Pantea for such a notable recognition,” says Co-Managing Partner Randall Leff. “It speaks volumes to their commitment to clients, the legal profession, and the business community at large.”

Albert Valencia co-chairs the firm’s Real Estate Department. His practice focuses on real estate and related business matters. His clients include developers, operators, private equity investors and lenders in a broad range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and syndications, commercial leasing, financing, loan modifications, workouts and restructurings.

“Clients look to Al for his experience in a broad range of real estate asset classes including commercial, office, retail, multi-family, mixed-use and industrial properties,” states the profile. He regularly represents clients in forming joint-ventures and syndications, negotiating structured finance transactions (including obtaining CMBS loans, mezzanine debt and preferred equity) and assisting property owners in asset management. Prior to practicing law, Al was business consultant for the global consulting firms of Arthur Andersen and Deloitte Consulting.

Pantea Yashar is a partner in the Litigation Department where she advises on, litigates, and resolves a wide range of real estate and business disputes for large-scale commercial and residential landlords and developers. From protecting their rights to negotiating resolutions to contentious challenges involving developers, property owners, commercial lease holders, and buyers and sellers in the nation’s most expensive property markets, Yashar adds tremendous value with her strategic handling of complex matters.

Pantea manages the full spectrum of her clients’ legal needs and obligations. According to the feature, “Pantea’s creatively assertive resolution style centers around positioning clients purposefully from the outset and powerful client advocacy.” Appreciated for her market savvy and big-picture vision, She has experience with all property types—shopping centers, mixed-use, retail, residential, industrial, and office buildings.

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