Andrew Schmerzler

Partner
Schmerzler Andrew

Andrew Schmerzler is a business attorney who concentrates his real estate practice on the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of office buildings, retail centers, movie studios, multifamily residential projects, mixed-use developments, movie theaters, amusement parks, restaurants, and industrial locations for institutional, corporate, and individual clients. Andy also has extensive experience in counseling private and public companies in a variety of industries, including the entertainment, motion picture exhibition, and professional services industries. His corporate experience includes acting as lead attorney in the negotiation of mergers and acquisition transactions, complex joint ventures, and equity and debt financing transactions.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented a movie studio in numerous transactions, including the acquisition, leasing, and sale of its studio and related office facilities in the United States; the sale of its amusement park in Germany; and its retail leasing operations
  • Represented a real estate investment fund and an investment advisor in the acquisition and sale of numerous assets in the western United States, including office buildings, multifamily residential developments, and mixed-use developments, for an aggregate transaction value in excess of $850 million
  • Represented an investment bank with the initial closing, servicing, and/or workout of numerous debt and equity financings of residential and golf course developments in southern California and Nevada
  • Represented motion picture theater exhibitors in the acquisition, leasing, development, and disposition of movie theaters and movie theater chains, including the acquisition of what, at the time, was the highest-grossing theater in the U.S., and the disposition of the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
  • Represented a national residential homebuilder in the acquisition of numerous projects in the western United States, and the negotiation of complex joint ventures with its development partners
  • Represented the operator of a major entertainment retail center on the Las Vegas Strip in ground leasing and space leasing matters
  • Represented a regional residential homebuilder in Georgia and South Carolina in the sale of its business
  • Represented motion picture theater owners, specialty retailers, and restaurant operators in the negotiation of numerous management agreements and leases
  • Representation of the owners of law firms, architectural firms, and other professional service firms in connection with the negotiation of partnership, management, and related agreements
  • Represented several companies as outside general counsel, including one of the largest entertainment marketing companies in Los Angeles
 

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. UCLA School of Law 1989
  • B.A. with honors University of Pennsylvania 1986

Bar Admissions

  • California

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association 
  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association 
  • Serves as hiring partner and chairman of the Hiring Committee for Venable’s Los Angeles office
 

Recognition
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  • Recognized in Legal 500, Real Estate, 2013 - 2016
  • AV® Preeminent Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Community
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Volunteerism

  • Former member, board of directors, The Wonder of Reading
  • Former member, board of trustees, Echo Horizon School