Allen Matkins Promotes Six Associates to Senior Counsel

Aug 28, 2013, 16:30 ET from Allen Matkins

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Allen Matkins, a California-based full service real estate and business law firm, has promoted six of its notable associates to the position of senior counsel, including litigation attorney Marissa M. Dennis; real estate attorneys Michael D. Kostecka, Crystal Lofing and Erin L. Murphy; corporate and securities attorney Geoffrey E. Perusse; and bankruptcy and creditors' rights attorney Andrea M. Schoor.


"This group of new senior counsel has demonstrated during their tenure as associates to be expert, efficient and client-focused attorneys creating value for their clients and the firm," says Allen Matkins Managing Partner David L. Osias. "They have proactively taken on leadership roles amongst their peers and each exemplify what it means to be a 'rising star' both in and out of the office. Congratulations to each of them for this recognition." In addition to the recent promotions, Allen Matkins has hired 12 new lateral attorneys in the last year, not including the seven law school graduates hired last fall.

Marissa Dennis is a litigation attorney in Allen Matkins' Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on business and commercial real estate and finance litigation, including contract and commercial lease disputes, construction litigation, Proposition 65 litigation, receiverships, and attorney malpractice.

Michael Kostecka practices in Allen Matkins' real estate department, also out of the firm's Los Angeles office. He has drafted and negotiated leases on behalf of landlords holding an aggregate of more than 4.5 million rentable square feet of commercial and industrial space throughout California, Utah and Washington.

Crystal Lofing, a real estate attorney working out of Allen Matkins' Century City office, has worked on some of California's most high-profile real estate deals. Since 2010 she has closed more than $3 billion in commercial acquisitions and dispositions for some of the firm's top clients. One of Crystal's many achievements in 2012 was managing the complex real estate negotiations of Frank McCourt's $2.15 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Erin Murphy is another transactional real estate attorney in Allen Matkins' Los Angeles office. Clients rely on Erin to represent their interests, as landlords, on office projects throughout the Western United States, totaling more than 3.5 million square feet.

Geoff Perusse is a corporate and securities attorney who works out of Allen Matkins' San Francisco office. Having worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Geoff has a strong background in technical securities law matters and works on a regular basis with flourishing entrepreneurs and technology companies based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Andrea Schoor practices in Allen Matkins' bankruptcy and creditors' rights and litigation groups out of the firm's Los Angeles office. She represents lenders, receivers, companies and individuals in litigation and bankruptcy matters with experience working at all stages of the pre-trial process, including pleading, discovery, law and motion, mediation/arbitration and settlement.

Allen Matkins, founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm with more than 200 attorneys in four major metropolitan areas of California:  Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. The firm's core specialties include real estate, real estate and commercial finance, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, construction, land use, natural resources, environmental, corporate and securities, intellectual property, joint ventures, taxation, employment and labor law, and dispute resolution and litigation in all these matters. For more information about Allen Matkins please visit

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