Luce Forward Picks Up Two Prominent San Francisco Heller Ehrman Attorneys

(LAWFUEL) – Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps today announced partners Carl B. Johnson and Dan Titelbaum, both previously practicing at Heller Ehrman, have joined the California law firm as it continues to build its San Francisco office. Johnson will augment the firm’s leading real estate practice, while Titelbaum will be a part of Luce Forward’s business/corporate practice.

“Both Carl and Dan are well-known attorneys of significant stature in the San Francisco area who will bring tremendous expertise and depth to our growing firm,” said Robert J. Bell, Luce Forward’s managing partner. “Their work, dedication and character fit perfectly with Luce Forward’s culture. We welcome them and believe both they and their clients will positively benefit from Luce Forward’s stability, depth of understanding and continued success.”

Johnson has formed his practice during the past 27 years representing major banks and other lenders, developers and investors in a wide range of real estate and real estate finance related matters. His work centers on the acquisition, development, commercial leasing, ground leasing, financing and disposition of office buildings, shopping centers, retail properties, mixed-use developments, hotel and resort properties and residential developments. He also has substantial experience and expertise in the work-out and enforcement of real estate secured loans; the organization of joint ventures, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and co-tenancy arrangements; and in title insurance and title related matters.

Titelbaum has more than 30 years of legal experience focusing on business transactions and counseling. He specializes in acquisitions, joint ventures, disputes over ownership of businesses, corporate governance and counseling, and project finance. A versatile attorney, Titelbaum represents clients on major projects in a number of industries including real estate, solar energy, petroleum, medical equipment, apparel, semiconductor equipment, biotechnology, software, retail and banking.

Some of Titelbaum’s representative matters include a large REIT merger transaction, special committee work in connection with multiple tender offers, the resolution of ownership issues for a group of affiliated apparel companies and the structuring and eventual dismantling of a retail joint venture.

Luce Forward’s Managing Partner Elect, Kurt L. Kicklighter, is spearheading the implementation of the firm’s new strategic plan and said, “The addition of Carl and Dan to our San Francisco office furthers the strategic plan adopted by the partners at Luce Forward this spring. That plan calls for us to expand our presence in the key markets for legal services in the State of California. Our firm is well-positioned for additional growth and the addition of these high caliber lawyers will bolster our real estate and corporate practices throughout the state and further increase the opportunities available to us.”

Johnson received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1981, while Titelbaum earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1973. Both attorneys received their undergraduate degrees from the University of California Berkeley.

Founded in 1873, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP is a full-service California law firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel Valley/Del Mar, Orange County and Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit

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