Jerry Katz is Of Counsel in Glaser Weil’s Real Estate and Corporate Departments. During nearly three decades of practice, Mr. Katz has represented a wide variety of clients, including publicly traded and privately held companies, institutional investors, developers, lenders, borrowers, joint venture partners, pension funds, REITs, retailers, management companies, private equity firms, media ventures, internet companies, entertainment companies, studio owners, technology companies and sports franchises.
Mr. Katz rejoined Glaser Weil after working at Marlin Equity Partners. Prior to leaving the Firm, Mr. Katz was a Partner and was one of the lead attorneys representing MGM MIRAGE in all aspects of the development and construction of Project CityCenter, a $9 billion, 18 million square foot mixed-use development on the Las Vegas Strip, one of the largest privately funded developments in the history of the United States. Project CityCenter included the construction of three new hotels, including a 4,000-room luxury casino-hotel, approximately 500,000 square feet of retail space, three condominium towers, a convention center and a theater. As part of his work, Mr. Katz negotiated and drafted agreements with some of the world’s leading construction, architecture and consulting firms.
Mr. Katz combines his extensive legal background with a unique blend of top level business experience. Prior to returning to Glaser Weil, Mr. Katz served as the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of Marlin Equity Partners, a private equity firm with more than $2.6 billion of capital under management. His primary responsibilities included overseeing all operations, finances, legal and administrative matters for the Marlin Equity funds, as well as working with the Marlin Equity partners on strategic initiatives for the firm and providing counsel for certain transaction and portfolio matters. He was also recruited by a venture capital firm to serve as a key executive in a technology company, and has several years of experience as an executive in entertainment businesses. Mr. Katz uses his business background to provide both legal and practical business solutions to his clients.
Mr. Katz has handled virtually every aspect of real estate transactions, including real estate acquisitions and dispositions, development, real estate secured and asset-based financing, loan workouts, tax-deferred exchanges, complex title insurance matters, ground leases and commercial leasing. In addition to his real estate experience, Mr. Katz has drafted and negotiated technology agreements, licensing agreements, distribution agreements, sponsorship/endorsement agreements, bundling agreements and OEM agreements.
In addition, Mr. Katz is part of a select group of lawyers nationwide who have earned the distinguished LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional credential. As LEED counsel in Project CityCenter, he advised MGM MIRAGE on all aspects of LEED activities including: LEED design; relationships and communication with the U.S. Green Building Council; LEED related purchasing activities; LEED related conduct of the general contractor and over 600 subcontractors; LEED related transactions and insurance matters related to the LEED work of designers, architects of record and their LEED consultants; LEED accounting and documentations processes; LEED waste management and recycling issues; campus versus whole project LEED certification formats; risk analysis; retention and termination of LEED technical consultants; Division 1 drafting and development; LEED specification drafting; lease and sales agreements for LEED retail and other structures; and a wide range of other LEED related processes and substantive matters. Mr. Katz was involved in advising MGM MIRAGE on the revision of Nevada statutes dealing with sales/use tax and property tax abatements for LEED projects, as well as the associated regulations promulgated by the Nevada Office of Energy.
Mr. Katz received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Undergraduate School of Business and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Katz was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983.
Mr. Katz has been interviewed by real estate industry publications and radio broadcasts and has spoken frequently on topics related to the green building.
Represented MGM MIRAGE as lead counsel in all aspects of the development and construction of CityCenter, an $9 billion, 18 million square foot mixed-used development on the Las Vegas Strip, the largest privately funded development in the history of the United States.
Developed the overall strategy for creating, negotiating and managing all of the legal documentation associated with the construction and development of the CityCenter project, including working extensively with the client's Risk Management Department.
Member of CityCenter's leadership team, providing valuable strategic feedback and input on a variety of topics, as well as being a member of the CityCenter Diversity Committee.
Attained the status of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and represented MGM MIRAGE as LEED counsel in the building of CityCenter, the largest green building project in history.
Advised MGM MIRAGE on the revision of Nevada statutes dealing with sales/use tax and property tax abatements for LEED projects, as well as the associated regulations promulgated by the Nevada Office of Energy.
Represented the Tropicana Resort and Casino in connection with the major renovation of the Tropicana Resort.
Represented the owner in the sale of the Sunset Gower Studio.
Represented solar energy firms, creating solar lease forms as well as advising clients on available state and federal tax grants and incentives.