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Michael Estrada

Senior Counsel | Los Angeles

Overview

In his over 30 years of representing government entities, Michael Estrada has concentrated on the representation of public entities in a wide range of areas.

Work for Clients

Mike has served as City Attorney for the cities of Bell Gardens, San Fernando, and Yucaipa.  He served as General Counsel of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority from its inception in 1999 until 2014 (as Co-General Counsel 1999-2002).

Michael concentrates on the representation of public entities in a wide range of government law areas, with an emphasis on public works, public contracts, solid waste, transportation, affordable housing, real estate, and successor agency matters.

Michael regularly advises our clients in the procurement and implementation of solid waste and recycling services and programs.

Michael regularly advises our public entities on public works issues.  This includes reviewing and drafting procurement documents, and questions relating to bidding, bid protests, prevailing wage, project labor agreements, change orders, and contract enforcement.

Michael also regularly advises clients on the procurement of materials and services, including professional services.

Professional Experience

Prior to law school, Mike worked as a city planner for the City and County of San Francisco.

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Member, Mexican American Bar Association

Member, American Public Works Association

Experience

Mike, as a redevelopment and real estate transactional attorney, has negotiated development deals for a variety of commercial and residential projects.  Examples include the award winning Paseo Colorado in Pasadena and La Brea Gateway in West Hollywood.  Mike regularly assists firm clients in the development and rehabilitation of affordable housing projects.

Examples of affordable housing projects for which Mike represented the public agency include:

  • Courtyard at La Brea. A 32-rental unit complex in West Hollywood. This project was financed with the use of tax credits, redevelopment set aside funds, and State funding.  Mike was involved in the drafting of the predevelopment loan agreement, the gap financing agreement, and the long-term loan agreement.
  • Sierra Bonita. A 42-unit apartment complex in West Hollywood for Very-Low Income Disabled Households. This ground lease project was financed with a combination of tax credits, a tax exempt bond issue, HOME funds, redevelopment set aside funds, and State MHP funds, among other sources.
  • Heritage Square. A 104-unit project in Pasadena for low- and moderate-income Senior Households, with related support service commercial space. This project was also financed with a combination of tax credits, a tax exempt bond issue, HOME funds, redevelopment set aside funds, and State MHP funds, among other sources.
  • Fair Oaks Court. A 43 unit scattered site project in Pasadena for low- and moderate-income households.  This project was part of a complex transaction that also involved a project in the neighboring City of Glendale and was one of the first uses of New Market Tax Credits for affordable housing in Southern California.

Education

J.D., University of California, Berkeley
 School of Law

M.A., University of California, Los Angeles,
Urban Planning

B.A., University of California, San Diego,
Urban and Rural Studies

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