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Michael H. Davis is the Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Los Angeles Real Estate Practice. His practice includes representing real estate funds, REITs, debt funds institutional and non-institutional real estate investors, developers, operators, and financial institutions in a broad range of matters including senior, mezzanine, construction, bridge and secondary market financings, including A/B, note-on-note, senior/mezzanine bifurcations and repurchase transactions; commercial leasing, including ground leasing, retail, restaurant, industrial and office leasing; forming and representing joint ventures and negotiating joint venture agreements; acquisitions and dispositions of a variety of real estate asset classes including multifamily, office, retail, student housing, self-storage, industrial senior housing, hotels and resorts, timeshares and condominiums; and structuring and representing real estate private equity funds.


  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate private equity
  • Real estate debt funds
  • Opportunity zone investments
  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Leasing
  • Joint ventures



  • Represented Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financing and development of student housing, seniors housing, self-storage and medical office portfolios and individual assets across the United States, including recapitalizations of two large medical office portfolios worth in excess of $1 billion in aggregate, a roughly $400 million refinancing of debt secured by multiple medical office buildings, a preferred equity investment in portfolio of student housing properties, and its $800 million acquisition of Sentio Healthcare Properties, a public REIT.
  • Represent Mosaic Real Estate Investors, a debt fund, in connection with various construction and bridge financings across the United States, including its $460 million construction loan for the development of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Portland, Oregon, its $165 million construction loan for the development of the Pendry Hotel and Resort in Park City, Utah, and its $212 million construction loan for the development of SilverRock La Quinta.
  • Represent a private equity fund in connection with the investment of Qualified Opportunity Fund capital into joint ventures formed to develop various assets located in Qualified Opportunity Zones across the United States.
  • Represented Fifth Third Bank in connection with term, construction and syndicated loans secured by real property along various asset types including hotel, retail, industrial and apartment projects across the United States.
  • Represented Strategic Hotels and Resorts in connection with its $363 million acquisition of the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach.
  • Represented a family office in connection with a lease to a franchisee of a national restaurant chain.
  • Represented a family office in connection with a lease of roughly 400,000 square feet of space to an industrial tenant.
  • Represented a charter school developer in connection with the ground leasing, financing, and construction of a charter school in Los Angeles.
  • Represented an individual client in connection with a roughly $100,000,000 acquisition of a pool of participation interests in mezzanine construction loans.
  • Represented a large private equity joint venture in connection with a roughly $400,000,000 refinancing of a medical office portfolio.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Bloomberg Law, “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40,” 2022
  • Listed, Law360, “Rising Stars: Real Estate,” 2022
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Real Estate, "Up and Coming," 2021-2022
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Real Estate Law, 2021-2023 
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, California Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2020-2022
  • Listed, Euromoney, Rising Stars, “Rising Star - Americas,” 2020
  • Featured, Bisnow, “24 Black Executives Shaping Commercial Real Estate,” 2020
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2017-2018
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2015
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section
    • Member, Executive Committee
    • Co-Chair, General Real Property Subsection


  • J.D., University of Southern California Law School, 2011
  • B.A., with distinction, San Diego State University, 2007
  • California