Rick Needham

Special Counsel
Costa Mesa,  CA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Emerging Growth/Venture Capital
  • Family Owned and Closely-Held Businesses
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Finance
  • Real Estate Lending
  • Healthcare
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Private Wealth Services
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use
  • and Environmental
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Public Lands
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Real Estate Development
  • Technology Transactions
University University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1987
Law SchoolLoyola Law School, J.D., 1990
Admitted1990, California

Rick Needham is an attorney in the Real Estate and Corporate Practice Groups in the firm's Orange County office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Needham is an experienced attorney and deal maker. His focus is real estate and healthcare.

Mr. Needham brings a unique perspective and skill set to representing clients. As a partner at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, Mr. Needham represented clients in a wide variety of real estate and corporate matters. Respected for his business and deal making skills, Mr. Needham was invited by a client to partner in a real estate development company. Mr. Needham accepted and spent 7 years as a principal in a real estate development company, specializing in medical office buildings and other healthcare real estate. As a real estate developer, Mr. Needham was responsible for handling all aspects of project development, including feasibility studies, site selection, due diligence, land acquisition, budgeting, financing, project design, entitlement, value engineering, construction, marketing, leasing, tenant relations, property management, and disposition for over 700,000 square feet of commercial buildings.

As an entrepreneur developer and consumer of legal services himself for 7 years, Mr. Needham is sensitive to delivering quality legal services to clients in a responsive and cost effective manner. He understands how a lawyer can add value to a deal and to a client's business.

Real Estate

Mr. Needham focuses on commercial real estate. His experience encompasses a wide range of transactional real estate matters, including acquisition, entitlement, development, construction financing, permanent financing, joint ventures, leasing, and disposition. He represents developers, investors, borrowers, lenders, companies, non-profits, cities and redevelopment agencies handling their real estate needs in all product types, including medical office, professional office, retail, industrial and senior care.


As both attorney and developer, Mr. Needham has extensive experience in programming, designing, entitling, financing, developing, leasing and managing both on and off-campus medical office buildings and other healthcare real estate. He also has experience master planning hospital campuses. Mr. Needham now represents healthcare real estate developers, senior care developers, payers, hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare providers.

Community Involvement

•Co-Founder, Board Chair and President -- Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, CA (2004 to present)

•Founding Board Member -- Aliso Viejo Christian School (1999 to 2004)

•Basketball Program Founder & Head Coach -- Aliso Viejo Christian School (2001 -; present)

•Orange County Board Member & Youth Mentor -- Volunteers in Parole, Inc. (1992 -; 1995)


German (Also at Palo Alto Office)


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Rick Needham

650 Town Center Drive, 4th Floor
Costa MesaCA 92626


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