Kira Teshima is an associate in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Areas of Practice
Kira’s practice focuses on land use and real estate matters. Kira assists developers, large and small businesses, property owners and other private parties in complying with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and planning and zoning regulations; obtaining and negotiating development entitlements and regulatory approvals; drafting real estate transactional documents and easements; and government advocacy. Kira has worked on a variety of complex housing, mixed-use development and utility scale energy projects throughout California. She also represents developers and management in traditional labor law issues, including union negotiations. Kira advises clients on several state and federal land use and environmental laws, including CEQA, the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, the California Public Records Act and other State and local development regulations.
- Representing multiple clients on mixed-use hotel projects around Los Angeles, including an approximately 350,000 square foot mixed-use project in Chinatown; a mixed-use, 1,000-key hotel project in Downtown Los Angeles; a mixed-use, 114-key hotel project in Hollywood; a mixed-use, 160-key hotel project in Hollywood; an adaptive reuse project for a 66-key boutique hotel in the Arts District; and a 450-key mixed-use hotel and event center in Downtown Los Angeles. All of the projects require multiple discretionary entitlements from the City of Los Angeles. Several of the projects implicate potential historic resources and/or historic districts. In addition to managing the environmental review process and development team, Ms. Teshima advises clients on community and historic preservation engagement, garnering political support from elected officials and CEQA litigation risk assessment.
- Represented a studio client on an 18-story, mixed-use, creative office project on a 1.55 acre site located in Hollywood. Ms. Teshima helped manage the environmental review process and team. The project required several entitlements, including a General Plan Amendment, Zone Change/Height District Change, Ordinance to modify street designation standards, Conditional Use Permit and Site Plan Review. Ms. Teshima also advised on all environmental issues, strategy to avoid or win litigation, community engagement and political support from elected officials.
- Represented a studio client on entitlements for its marquee studio property with approximately 400,000 square feet of creative office buildings, post-production facilities and parking structures within their historic studio campus in Hollywood. The project was a model of success. The client avoided administrative appeals and no CEQA lawsuits were filed – a rare feat in Hollywood development.
- Represented a municipality in the acquisition of an approximately 700-acre airport property. Ms. Teshima managed the title review component of the transaction, which included nearly 150 parcels, and the final issuance of the title insurance commitment.
- Represented developer in a public-private partnership for the development of a 400,000-square-foot retail space on a former industrial site. Role included revising entitlements, an addendum to the Project EIR, street vacations and acquisition of portions of the project site. Also advised on all CEQA, environmental remediation and local land use permitting issues.
- Provided CEQA and NEPA counseling on the development of a solar generation project. Project approvals sought included a Conditional Use Permit, right-of-way grant from the Bureau of Land Management and certification of related CEQA and NEPA documents. The major issues included proper analysis of agricultural, global warming, water quality, cultural resources, biology and cumulative impacts.
- Drafted and negotiated tribal consultation agreement on behalf of developer, allocating rights and responsibilities to developer and unrecognized tribe in connection with proposed coastal development.
- Conducted land use due diligence in preparation for purchase and sale of commercial property in the cities of Thousand Oaks and San Diego. Advised purchaser of zoning compliance issues prior to closing.
- Advised purchaser of commercial business center in the City of Orange regarding reinstatement of Association and amendments to governing documents and CC&Rs.
- Drafted and negotiated easement agreements with the County of San Luis Obispo on behalf of property owner, allocating rights and responsibilities for long-term property use, access and maintenance.
- Represented developer in connection with the entitlement and environmental review of over one million square feet of residential, office and entertainment uses in Los Angeles, including the preservation and rehabilitation of a historic theatre and recording studio.
Recipient, 2018 Bob Williams Award which recognizes Sheppard Mullin associates who provide exceptional service for the betterment of the firm and the community
Recipient, U.S.-Japan Council Emerging Leaders Program
Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts
- "City of Los Angeles Releases Draft Hollywood Community Plan Update," June 16, 2017
- "Update – City of Los Angeles Affordable Housing Linkage Fee," June 14, 2017
- "Voters Overwhelmingly Approve ‘Build Better LA’ Initiative Resulting in New Affordable Housing and Local Hiring Requirements For Developers," November 11, 2016
- "New LA Ordinances 'Clean Up, Green Up' Industry in Residential 'Toxic Hotspot' Neighborhoods," May 23, 2016
- "New Live/Work Ordinance Adopted by L.A. City Council," February 24, 2016
- "Redevelopment Strikes Back," October 9, 2015
- "Governor Signs Off on New Tax-Increment Financing Structure," October 7, 2014
- "No Private Attorney General Fees for Homeowner," December 26, 2013
Board of Directors, Little Tokyo Service Center
Board of Governors, Japanese American Bar Association
Board of Directors, Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation
Board Member, New Leadership Advisory Counsel of the Japanese American National Museum
Member, Los Angeles Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders Group
J.D. Southwestern Law School, 2012, Special Project Editor, Southwestern Law Review
B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2007, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Extern to the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California