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Tetlo N. Emmen

Los Angeles
T: 213.617.4207
F: 213.443.2820


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2012
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
  • California
Thought Leadership

Tetlo Emmen is an associate in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Emmen’s practice focuses on land use and real estate matters.  Mr. Emmen advises developers, large and small businesses, property owners and other private parties in the application of general plans, specific plans, local zoning and municipal code provisions in jurisdictions throughout California.  Mr Emmen assists clients with complying with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); obtaining and negotiating development entitlements and regulatory approvals; and government advocacy.  Mr. Emmen advises clients on several state and federal land use and environmental laws, including CEQA, the California Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, the California Public Records Act, the Brown Act and other State and local development and land use regulations.

Mr. Emmen also represents landlords in office, retail and industrial leasing projects of all sizes and national tenants in leasing, acquisition and disposition of sites throughout the Western United States.  Mr. Emmen has experience in all aspects of real estate development, including acquisition and dispositions, land assembly, subdivision, leasing and negotiating and drafting contracts with managers, contractors, architects and consulting firms. 


Representative Experience

  • Represented developer in perfecting entitlements for 41-story mixed use residential building and mixed use 8-story residential building in downtown Los Angeles. Role included perfecting entitlements to ensure maximum development flexibility, resolving site encroachments, processing a street vacation and CEQA compliance issues.

  • Represented real estate investment fund in leasing of commercial real estate assets in California and Arizona.

  • Conducted title review and land use due diligence in preparation for purchase of 32 acre property in Napa County. Advised purchaser of zoning compliance issues prior to closing.

  • Advised purchaser of commercial and television studio property of zoning compliance issues prior to closing.

  • Conducted title review and land use due diligence for purchase of 310 unit multifamily residential project. Advised purchaser on development limitations and applicability of development plan.

  • Represented developer in connection with entitlement of 55 unit luxury condominium project. Advised on land use permitting requirements and Coastal Commission compliance issues.

  • Represented property owner in permitting and construction of digital signage on historic theatre.

  • 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 and drafting related agreements.