Richard S. Volpert’s law practice is focused primarily on the planning and development of large-scale real estate projects, including major office buildings, shopping centers and planned communities. Mr. Volpert, a partner in Glaser Weil’s Real Estate Department, plays a critical role in Los Angeles’ landscape, often taking part in many of the area’s most prominent real estate projects. These include Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority transit projects, including its purchase of Union Station, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the proposed Grand Avenue Project — a $3 billion hotel, multi-family residential, retail and office development project in downtown Los Angeles.

Mr. Volpert’s clients have included Pacific Enterprises, Southern California Gas Co., CBS and Olympia & York. He has represented the County of Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the MTA and the City of Santa Monica in a series of public-private projects for the development of office buildings, hotels, apartment buildings and other real estate facilities. His work has included negotiation and documentation of numerous ground leases and lease/equity transactions involving tenancies from 100,000 to more than 600,000 square feet of office space. His practice also includes the purchase and sale of major office buildings, shopping centers and industrial facilities and land use planning for major metropolitan and suburban projects for office, commercial, hotel, residential and industrial developments.

Mr. Volpert gives back to the community he lives in by participating in a broad range of philanthropic activities. He has been president and chairman of the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation; chairman of the Board of Councilors of the USC Law Center; vice president of the Jewish Federation-Council of Los Angeles, as well as chairman of its Community Relations Committee; president of the Los Angeles Chapter and a national vice president of the American Jewish Committee; president of the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market Development Corp. and vice chairman of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council.

He was the recipient of the “Outstanding Real Estate Lawyer” award by the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2003 and the “Learned Hand Award” from the American Jewish Committee in 1999. He is the author of "Creation and Maintenance of Open Spaces in Subdivisions: Another Approach," 12 UCLA Law Review 830 and was the practice consultant for "California Real Estate Law and Practice", volumes 8 and 9: Zoning and Land Use Control by Matthew Bender. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and an officer of the Anglo American Real Property Institute.

Mr. Volpert is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Mr. Volpert is a past chairman of the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, editor and chairman of the California State Bar Journal and a trustee of the L.A. County Bar Association, among other bar activities. He has been a lecturer at real estate and planning and zoning courses given by the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American Law Institute/American Bar Association joint continuing education project.

Expertise/Specialty Areas:

  • Real Estate
    • Acquisitions, Sales & Leasing
    • Land Use & Entitlements
  • Government & Regulatory