Brien R. Kelley is Senior Counsel of Sklar Kirsh in the Real Estate Department. Brien’s practice focuses on complex real estate transactions, with significant experience in commercial and multi-family residential acquisitions and dispositions, real property secured financing, joint venture formation, mezzanine financing and all aspects of real estate due diligence including title and survey review. Brien’s real estate practice experience includes representation of institutional and family office real estate investors, syndicators, developers and operators, and borrowers in a broad range of real-estate related matters including acquisition, development, financing and disposition and commercial leasing; securitized, mezzanine and preferred equity financing; forming and representing joint ventures, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships and negotiating joint venture agreements.
While attending law school, Brien began his professional career at the commercial brokerage firm RE/Max Commercial, eventually obtaining his sales license and assisting investors in the acquisition and disposition of multi-family assets. In 2005 Brien began his legal career in the real estate department of the boutique law firm Kulik, Gottesman, Mouton & Siegel LLP and later spent time as an associate with Ervin, Cohen & Jessup LLP in Beverly Hills. Most recently, Brien was an associate with Epport, Richman & Robbins, LLP where he handled general business and complex real estate, corporate and transactional matters.
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Brien attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he was a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar and a Ralph J. Bunche Alumni Scholar, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1996. He then attended USC Gould School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2000, was a Legion Lex Merit Scholar, served as Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association and was a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.
Brien has served as an Adjunct Professor of real estate law at UCLA Extension, teaching “Advanced Legal Aspects of Real Estate” and has served as an executive board member for the Los Angeles Urban League, Young Professionals. Brien is currently a member of the Western Region Scholar Advisory Committee for the Jackie Robinson Scholarship Foundation and is a member of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Brien is a founding member of Kelley-Holder Media, LLC which owns and operates various entertainment related ventures including an urban contemporary radio station broadcasting on station WZBR 1410 AM in Boston, MA and Humor Mill Magazine, an online digital magazine and website.
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