Maura O'Connor is the managing partner of O'Connor Cochran, LLP, a boutique real estate and finance law firm based in Los Angeles, California. Maura has extensive experience in closing transactions, focusing on real estate financing, including both loan originations and loan enforcement and workouts, real estate acquisitions, sales and leasing, and development. She has particular expertise in designing and implementing scalable programs to deliver cost-effective legal results.
Maura built and chaired the California real estate departments for two major national law firms. She is the former Chairman (and first woman chair) of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. From 2009 to 2011, Ms. O'Connor wrote the national real estate industry law blog, Practical Counsel, for www.GlobeSt.com, the premier national commercial real estate web portal. Maura was named one of the top 10 real estate lawyers in Southern California by Real Estate Southern California.
Maura has extensive experience in complex real estate financing transactions, workouts and foreclosures. She structured and led a site acquisition program for a major multinational retailer that resulted in its successful acquisition of more than 150 sites in several states in 18 months with a value of over $1.2 Billion. Maura has also handled many purchases and sales of environmentally contaminated properties. She has served as lead counsel for myriad senior and mezzanine loans, lease financings, securitized transactions, ground leases and equity investments for a wide variety of investors, banks, insurance companies and others.
Maura has also successfully handled the acquisition, entitlement, and development of major industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, warehouse and distribution facilities, including an industrial land transfer and boundary change between the two principal shipping port authorities in Los Angeles County. Maura has significant experience in handling foreign direct investment transactions by new entrants into the US and California markets and serving as outside general counsel for such companies. Her clients have included lenders, retailers, servicers, insurance companies, banks, manufacturers, pharmacies, grocery chains, borrowers, hotel chains, shopping center owners, pharmaceutical companies, medical office complexes and ports.
Real Estate Financing, including loan originations, workouts and foreclosures
Real Estate Acquisition and Disposition
Commercial and Office Leasing
Real Estate Development