Costa Mesa, CA, August 10, 2006 LAWFUEL – Law News Network – Latha…

Costa Mesa, CA, August 10, 2006 LAWFUEL – Law News Network – Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Steven Otto has joined the firm as of counsel in the firm’s Finance Department and Real Estate Practice Group, based in the Orange County office. Otto’s practice primarily focuses on real estate, particularly the representation of clients in the acquisition, joint venture, development, leasing and sale of commercial, industrial and residential projects.

Otto was a partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP in San Diego where he was a member of the Real Estate Practice Group for six years.

“Steven adds additional depth to our real estate finance group and provides clients with strong and diverse experience across a range of matters,” said Virginia Grogan, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins Orange County.

David Meckler, Chair of the Orange County Finance Department, commented: “The real estate sector in the United States continues to be characterized by dynamic and challenging transactions. We expect Steven’s knowledge and expertise will help us strengthen our relationships with existing clients and build new bridges to the network he has developed.”

Otto said he was attracted by the opportunity to apply his experience at a firm that has advised such notable clients as Health Care Property Investors, Harrah’s Entertainment, Pulte Homes Corporation, BRE Properties, Inc., and PS Business Parks, L.P. “Latham has clearly established a strong real estate practice, and I am excited about the opportunity to help the group in its continued growth,” said Otto.

Otto also has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, Real Property Section (2004-2006). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the George Washington University Law School.

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