Pamela L. Westhoff: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Pamela L. Westhoff


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Practice Areas

  • Finance
  • Real Estate Lending
  • Private Wealth Services
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use and Environmental
  • Communications
  • Food and Beverage
  • Healthcare
University Loyola Marymount University, B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1982; University of Southern California, M.B.A., with highest honors, 1986
Law SchoolUniversity of Southern California, J.D., 1986 Order of the Coif
Admitted1986, California


•Board of Directors, NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) Southern California Chapter (2010-Present), Executive Committee, 2013 Programs and Education Chair and 2012 UCLA/USC Real Estate Challenge Chair
•Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
•Chair, Board of Directors of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles (2005-2006); Board Member (1992-Present)
•Program Chair, Practising Law Institute's Commercial Real Estate Financing: What Borrowers and Lenders Need to Know Now (2004-present)
•Executive Committee, Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
•Board Member, UCLA Finance and Investment Conference (2001-2006)
•Board Member, USC Crocker Symposium on Law and Business (2003-present); Planning Committee Chair (2007)


Ms. Westhoff is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Westhoff has a broad-based and versatile transactional real estate practice, with an emphasis in acquisitions, dispositions, commercial leasing, and technology issues affecting real estate. She also has extensive experience in all types of real estate lending transactions, including workouts, restructures, and joint ventures.

Ms. Westhoff has also represented developers and equity investors in commercial development projects (including partnership and joint ventures), including hotels and condominiums. She also represents owners and providers in connection with telecommunication issues affecting commercial and retail properties, as well as university campuses. She has developed experience in the representation of radio and television broadcasters in real estate-related matters, including broadcast and communications tower licensing.


•Top Women Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2014, 2015
•Los Angeles' Top 50 Power Women, BisNow, 2014
•California's Top Real Estate Transactional Attorney, Daily Journal, 2013
•Leading Real Estate Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2013
•2012 Top Rated AV Preeminent Lawyer in Corporate Real Estate Law
•Leading Real Estate Lawyer, Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers, 2010-2012
•International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers
•Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2013-2015
•Southern California Super Lawyer, Law & Politics and Los Angeles magazines
•Top 50 Women Super Lawyers
•Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Southern California
•Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, Century City Bar Association, 2007
•500 Dealmakers in America, Lawdragon
•Real Estate and Construction, Legal 500, 2010, 2014, 2015

Publications & News


Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

• Commercial Lease Guaranties From Foreign Entities: What You Need to Know to Safeguard Your Security, July 28, 2015
• Important Alert for Commercial Owners/Landlords and Brokers/Agents: Changes to California Dual Agency Disclosure Laws Effective January 1, 2015, March 2, 2015
• New Legislative Requirements For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations At California Commercial Properties, January 7, 2015
• Missing Data Protocols Under AB1103 Energy Use Disclosure Rule And Other Important Facts You Need To Know, October 2, 2014
• Changes To California Title 24 Energy Use Requirements Effective July 1, 2014, February 5, 2014
• California Energy Use Disclosure Rules Implementation Postponed Until January 1, 2014, August 27, 2013
• What Makes A Lease Enforceable - What You Need to Know, June 14, 2013
• California Commercial Building Owners Must Comply With New Energy Use Disclosure Rules Commencing July 1, 2013, May 1, 2013
• New Disability Access Law Imposes Notification Requirements For Commercial Leases, April 22, 2013

Media Mentions

•Top Women Lawyers - Pamela Westhoff
Daily Journal, May 7, 2014
•Dispute Resolution
Acquisition International, July 2013

Speaking Engagements

•Moderator, Quick Hits 2013: Shifting Gears in the Fast Lane, Crocker Symposium, October 29, 2013
•Moderator, The Future of Industrial Infill Development: Overcoming the Challenges of Brownfields and Sustainability Goals, June 6, 2013
•Speaker, Industrial Overview and the Stabilization of U.S. Manufacturing and its Impact on Industrial Space, June 5, 2013
•Speaker, Let the Sun Shine...on Rooftop Revenue Opportunities, December 5, 2012
•Panelist, Leasing Representation on Behalf of Institutional Clients: The Good, The Bad and Somewhat Arcane, March 28, 2012
•Presenter, Today's Leasing Labyrinth: Don't get caught in the same old maze, February 8, 2012
•Presenter, Space Requirements for Start-Up Companies, Sheppard Mullin's Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinar series, December 17, 2009
•Moderator, Dealing with Leases in Distress, Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium, May 5, 2009, Los Angeles, CA
•Frequent speaker on the topics of finance, real estate and telecommunication issues for CLE International, Practising Law Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, the State Bar of California, the Real Estate Conference Group, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.


•Space Requirements for Startups
Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinar Series
via WebEx, June 18, 2015
•Space Requirements for Startups: Important Real Estate Issues Faced by an Emerging Company
Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinar Series
via WebEx, September 18, 2014
•Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinars
Space Requirements for Start-Up Companies
WebEx, July 21, 2011


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Important Alert for Commercial Owners/Landlords and Brokers/Agents: Changes to California Dual Agency Disclosure Laws Effective January 1, 2015
Lydia Lake,Pamela L. Westhoff, March 30, 2015
Effective January 1, 2015, California law requires real estate brokers and agents to provide their clients and prospective clients with specific new disclosures, including (1) an initial disclosure form regarding the nature of agency relationships, which is typically provided at the time a listing...

New Legislative Requirements For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations At California Commercial Properties
Lydia Lake,Pamela L. Westhoff, February 26, 2015
Effective January 1, 2015, commercial landlords are prohibited from entering into leases or other occupancy agreements that include any unreasonable restriction or prohibition on the installation or use of an electric vehicle charging station (“EV Station”) in a parking space associated...

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Pamela L. Westhoff

Forty-Third Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los AngelesCA 90071-1448


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