Michael Wapner concentrates his legal practice in commercial real estate and business transactions involving both private parties and municipalities, with an emphasis on purchase and sale transactions, leasing, financing, and title review. Mr. Wapner has successfully negotiated and completed complex commercial leases, acquisitions, dispositions and refinancing of real property. While each situation is unique, completed transactions have involved a myriad of issues including 1031 tax deferred exchanges, use of Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) financing and complex title complications. The assets involved with each deal vary and include city owned property, retail centers, and office buildings.
In addition, Mr. Wapner represents and advises municipal officials regarding Open Meeting (Brown Act) matters, and land use regulatory issues.
Prior to earning his law degree, Mr. Wapner was with the City of Gardena for over 11 years, advancing to the position of Senior Administrative Assistant in the City Manager’s Office. His duties at the City of Gardena included intergovernmental relations and public policy analysis.
Mr. Wapner received his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in 1992, an undergraduate degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach in 1979, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSULB’s Center for Public Policy in 1981.
Mr. Wapner is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.