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Lynn Williams

Vice Chairman

Lynn Williams Vice Chairman
License: Lic. 01037418
Los Angeles Downtown 400 S. Hope Street
25th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Professional Experience


Lynn Williams is widely regarded as one of the industry’s leading advisors to corporate real estate occupiers globally. A CBRE Vice Chairman—the highest title achievable by the firm’s brokerage professionals—she has completed transactions and consulting assignments totaling over 35 million SF.

Ms. Williams specializes in the development and implementation of portfolio optimization and complex transaction strategies, including headquarters assignments. Her unique experience as both attorney and broker gives her invaluable insight into real estate decision-making across all major industry sectors.

Notable recent transactions include City National Bank (600,000 SF headquarters transaction in 2016), Farmers Insurance (556,000 SF lease), and Paul Hastings LLP (over 300,00 SF in 2016 alone).

Ms. Williams joined CBRE in 2015 with her partner, Jeff Welch, after 29 years with Cushman & Wakefield (formerly Cushman Realty Corporation). At the completion of her first year with CBRE, Ms. Williams achieved the Colbert Coldwell Circle Top 3% for her performance in 2016. Lynn was named one of Southern California’s Most Powerful Women in Commercial Real Estate in 2016 by Real Estate Forum, and she and her partner were awarded the Best Office Lease Gold Award in 2016 by the Los Angeles Business Journal for the City National Bank lease at Two California Plaza.


Achievements


  • Recipient of the Colbert Coldwell Circle Award (which recognizes the top three percent of commissioned salespeople at CBRE) in 2016, 2017

Professional Affiliations/Accreditations


  • Member, California State Bar
  • Executive Board Member and Guest Lecturer, USC’s Annual Symposium of Real Estate Law and Business
  • Repeat Guest Instructor, UCLA Law School
  • Co-author, “Partners Can Lessen Lease Debt Threats,” National Law Journal

Education


  • University of Southern California (USC) Law Center, Juris Doctorate
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts in English

Clients


  • City National Bank
  • ESPN
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • NFL Network
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Pepperdine University
  • Skadden Arps LLP

 

Significant Assignments


  • Paul Hastings LLP
    4+ million SF of lease and sublease transactions globally, including 300,000+ SF of leases in 2016 in Los Angeles (with building top signage), Washington, DC, Palo Alto lease, Beijing and London
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
    3+ million SF of transactions globally, including the 700,000 SF Los Angeles headquarters sales disposition and 300,000 SF lease restructuring
  • City National Bank
    1.8+ million SF of transactions, including the landmark 400,000 SF headquarters consolidation in the City National Plaza, and the two integrally-related headquarters leases for a total of 600,000 SF in Q4 2016
  • Pepperdine University
    920,000 SF of leases in five Southern California campuses, including the 115,000 SF headquarters
  • Farmers Insurance
    556,000 SF headquarters consolidation and lease restructure, including an extensive review of labor, real estate and business drivers
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
    292,000 SF Los Angeles headquarters relocation, 60,000 SF back office expansion/restructure and 25,000 SF sublease disposition
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    165,000 SF Los Angeles lease restructure
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
    56,000 SF lease relocation from Downtown Los Angeles to Century City
  • MMC
    85,000 SF lease in Downtown Los Angeles
Lynn Williams Vice Chairman
License: Lic. 01037418
Los Angeles Downtown 400 S. Hope Street
25th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071