Justin White - Opus Law Firm
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Justin White

Justin White, Esq.

Managing Attorney
877-775-4564 ext.101

Over his career, Mr. White has developed an expertise in transactional matters; primarily in real estate and general business. He began his legal career defending commercial real estate developers in construction defect disputes. Seeking to apply the lessons of litigation to the transactional side of the law, Mr. White transferred to the Real Estate Transactions Department at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps (now Dentons). While there, Mr. White learned from the best, while representing a wide variety of clients in the acquisition, financing, development, construction, leasing and disposition of major office, industrial, hotel, aviation and retail properties.

 

From Luce Forward, Mr. White was recruited to join a publicly-traded real estate investment trust, as in-house real estate counsel. Mr. White served as lead counsel on extensive leasing and acquisition transactions and advised the company on legal issues related to owning and operating life science real estate. Examples of real estate matters include:

 

  • Counsel for national retail franchise representing franchisees in hundreds of retail transactions.
  • Land owner representation in extensive leasing of office, warehouse and ground-up development, including deals with national users and tenants, such as, Lowe’s, Citibank, Target, General Atomics, Fresh & Easy, and Walmart.
  • Tenant representation in hundreds of retail, office and industrial leasing transactions throughout the country.

  • Land owner representation in the ground lease of a wind energy farm covering thousands of acres.

  • Lead counsel in several major biomedical and technical assets totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • Buyer representation in the acquisition of a nation-wide portfolio of 14 hotels as part of a 1031 Exchange

In addition to real estate work, Mr. White assists emerging businesses on the formation and operation of their business entities. Mr. White has formed all types of business entities, including, limited liability companies, corporations, s-corporations, professional corporations, series limited liability companies, self-directed IRA and 401k limited liability companies, business trusts and partnerships.   Once formed, Mr. White counsels business on ongoing matters of financing, buyouts, corporate compliance, protection of intellectual property and trade secrets, dissolution and winding up.   Representative matters of corporate dealings include:

 

  • Serve as outside general General Counsel for several companies, which range in value from $10 million dollars to $100 million dollars.
  • Corporate counsel for an emerging clothing company in its Series A financing and equity-based online crowd funding offering.
  • Representation of multiple businesses in asset purchases from secured creditors.
  • Counsel to sponsors of real estate private placement investments, including the formation of management and investor entities as well as preparation of offering documents, private placement memoranda, operating agreements, purchase agreements, and SEC compliance documentation.
  • Counsel to professional athletes in their off-field dealings, such as negotiation of television talent agreements, sponsorship engagements and other private investments.

 

Prior to his legal career, Mr. White worked in the professional sports industry for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Association of Volleyball Professionals. In addition, he has founded a start-up clothing company and a start-up computer accessory company.

 

Bar Admissions:

  • Nevada, February 2004
  • California, June 2004

 

Federal Court Licenses:

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada

 

Education

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA.  Juris Doctor Cum Laude, January 2004
  • Miami University, Oxford, OH.  Bachelor of Arts, Communication, May 1996

 

Personal Notes and Associations

  • San Diego Foundation, Scholarship Selection Committee (2007-2010)
  • Co-Chair of Real Property Section, San Diego County Bar Association (2007-2009)
  • California Real Estate Broker
  • Private Pilot

 

Recognitions and Accolades

  • San Diego Business Journal:  Best of the Bar, 2016
  • San Diego Daily Transcript: Top Attorney, Real Estate Transactional (multiple years)
  • 10/10 Rating on www.avvo.com
  • San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine: “Super Lawyer” (2017)