Justin White
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JWhite

Justin White, Esq.

Managing Attorney
877-775-4564 ext.101

Mr. White is the Managing Attorney and founder of The Opus Law Firm. Prior to founding The Opus Law Firm, Mr. White served as in-house counsel for a publicly-traded REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) that specialized in owning and operating life-science laboratory, office and industrial properties across the United States and Europe. Mr. White began his career at the historically recognized San Diego law firm of Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps (now Dentons). He has authored and annually edits several editions of the industry standard “CEB” California legal practice guides on commercial leasing and presented in national continuing legal education seminars. Mr. White’s practice is focused on commercial real estate and business transactions.  Representative real estate matters include:

 

  • Acquisition, disposition and financing of all types of commercial property (such as life science, office, industrial, multi-family and retail) ranging in value from $1,000,000 to over $1,000,000,000 per asset.
  • Seller’s counsel in a series of dispositions of Redwood and forest lands comprising over 30,000 acres in Mendocino County, California and New Zealand, including the largest coastal land conservation deal in California in decades (as reported by the New York Times). 
  • Landlord representation in extensive leasing including transactions with national tenants, such as, Harvard University, Regeneron, Texas Medical Center, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Lowe’s, Citibank, Target, Life Time Fitness, General Atomics, Northrup Grumman, Bank of America and Walmart.
  • Tenant representation in thousands of retail, office and industrial leasing transactions throughout the country.
  • Lead counsel on joint venture ground lease and development of 750,000 square foot life science property.
  • Borrower’s counsel in complex real estate finance transactions (including equity financing, mezzanine debt, construction loans, CMBS, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae).

In addition to real estate transactions, Mr. White advises businesses on the formation and operation of their business entities. Representative corporate and business matters include: 

 

  • 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 and limited partnership agreements, tenant in common documents, purchase agreements, loan documents and SEC compliance.  Placements have ranged from $250,000 to $2,000,000,000.
  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Outside general counsel to national franchise company built from five locations to over 350 locations (and counting).
  • Outside general counsel to sportswear company from start-up to over $15 million in annual sales with a focus on funding, including seed convertible debt, equity, crowdfunding, reg A+ and OTC offerings.
  • Company counsel and advisory board member to blockchain real estate data startup venture.
  • Formation 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 (Delaware Statutory Trusts and non-statutory trusts) and all forms of partnerships and joint ventures.
  • Start-up company counsel for equity financing in seed rounds, series rounds and public offerings (including crowd funding platforms).
  • 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.

 

Recognitions and Accolades

  • San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine: “Super Lawyer” (2017-2024)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript: Top Attorney, Real Estate Transactional (multiple years)
  • San Diego Business Journal: Best of the Bar, 2016
  • 10/10 Rating on www.avvo.com

Bar Admissions:

  • Nevada, February 2004
  • California, June 2004
  • District of Columbia, 2022

 

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

  • Chair of Real Property Section, San Diego County Bar Association (2007-2009)
  • San Diego Foundation, Scholarship Selection Committee (2007-2010)
  • ICSC + U.S. Law National Convention Presenter (2023)
  • California Real Estate Broker
  • Private Pilot (SEL, SES, MEL)