Overview

Jason Grinnell is a partner in Glaser Weil’s Real Estate Department. With several decades of experience, Jason provides strategic guidance and expert counsel where the entertainment and real estate industries intersect. Jason serves a diverse clientele, from publicly traded international technology companies to family offices to boutique video game developers and studios. Jason strives to help each client achieve its business goals in an ever-changing real estate environment.

With a strong background in real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leasing, Jason blends legal acumen with a deep understanding of the industry’s dynamics, allowing Jason to anticipate challenges and identify opportunities that drive favorable outcomes for his clients. Jason is renowned for fostering collaborative relationships with clients to get a deeper understanding of how real estate legal work aligns with their goals and objectives. In his real estate finance practice, he advises financial institutions in construction, permanent and mezzanine debt financing. Jason also represents both financial institutions and investors in loan workouts, forbearances and other distressed debt transactions. 

Jason maintains a diverse practice built on his extensive experience in:

  • Real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leasing
  • Real estate finance, including construction, permanent and mezzanine debt financing
  • Loan workouts, forbearances and distressed debt transactions
  • Renewable energy project finance

Based on his experience and knowledge of the real estate sector, Jason is a go-to source for journalists. 

Results

Jason’s recent notable experience includes his representation of:

  • A prominent multinational financial services company in the management and disposition of various trust assets, including several office properties in Los Angeles.
  • Blatteis & Schnur in connection with the acquisition and financing of high-end retail properties.
  • Merlone Geier Partners in connection with the trading of several of its retail properties in California and Washington.
  • Ocean West Capital Partners in various joint venture acquisitions of office and industrial portfolios throughout California.
  • Upwork Inc., the global freelancing platform, in its leasing of its headquarters in the Bay Area in Northern California.

Insights

News

  • Quoted, “Real Estate in 2023 By The Numbers,” Law360, January 1, 2024                                                                                                                                      

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Holy Helium! How Inflation and a Forecasted Recession Are Shifting Consumer Demands and Impacting the Southern California Leasing Market,” Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium, October 6, 2022
  • Facilitator, “Loan Workout Strategies for the Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Economies: Putting Humpty Back Together Again,” ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 2021
  • Panelist, “Real Estate Strategies” Series, Los Angeles Business Journal, July 14, 2021
  • Speaker, “Higher Ground (Leases) — Inner Visions on Functional and Financeable Ground Leases (With apologies to Stevie Wonder),” ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, October 2020
  • Panelist, “Economic Forecast & Trends 2020,” Los Angeles Business Journal, January 16, 2020
  • Speaker, “Accelerating Revolution of Retail Thanks to Mobile Devices”, ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference Roundtable, San Diego, CA, October 2019
  • Speaker, “Digital Disruptions: Internet and Smart Phone Impacts on Retail Leasing,” ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference Workshop, Orlando, FL, October 2018
  • Speaker, “To Have and to Leasehold: The Perfect Marriage of Financeable and Functional Ground Leases,” ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2017
  • Speaker, “Digital Disruptions: Internet and Smart Phone Impacts on Retail Leasing,” ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference Roundtable, Hollywood, FL, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Digging into Ground Leasing,” ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Phoenix, AZ, October 2015
  • Speaker, “Investment Opportunities in Green Energy,” January 2015
  • Speaker, “Greening of Retail: Smart Investment or Mere Marketing Fluff?” ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference Roundtable, Orlando, FL, October 2014
  • Speaker, “How Green Is My Rooftop? Issues Relating to Renewable Energy Projects for Retail,” ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference Roundtable, San Diego, CA, October 2013
  • Panelist, “Green Energy Meets Real Estate,” USC Marshall School of Business, April 5, 2012
  • Panelist, “Opportunities in Green Energy,” Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, March 2012
  • Speaker, “Expanding in a Down Market: Managing a Tenant Rollout in Tough Economic Times,” ICSC, U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference Roundtable, Phoenix, AZ, October 2011

Leadership and Community

Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Board member, Men’s Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Former executive committee member, California Lawyers Association, Real Property Law Section

Former member, Law360.com Editorial Advisory Board for Real Estate

Former board member, Pasadena Southwest Little League

Services

Education

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.

Dartmouth College, B.A.

Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
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