Mr. Shafran specializes in corporate, real estate and general business transactions.  He earned his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall), graduating with honors in 1963.  He was an editor of the California Law Review, and clerked for California Supreme Court Justices Roger Traynor and Matthew Tobriner (1963-1964).  He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley in 1959, where he also graduated with honors and was a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies.  For many years, Mr. Shafran has been selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers, and has the highest peer-reviewed rating published by Martindale Hubbell Attorney Ratings.


Real estate transactions handled by Mr. Shafran include representation of developers, investors, landlords, tenants, borrowers and lenders, and his practice covers most aspects of real estate law, including joint ventures, partnerships, development, financing, construction and leasing.  His corporate practice includes entity formation and structure (including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships), sales of businesses, business restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Shafran had substantial prior experience in corporate securities matters, but is not currently active in this area. He acts as general counsel to various businesses, and is active in negotiating and drafting documents for a wide range of business matters.  His practice includes representation in the business sectors of manufacturing, product distribution, hotels and hospitality, and real estate (including commercial, industrial and retail).


Mr. Shafran’s clients have included Bank of America, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Sakura Bank, International E-Z Up, Inc., Katell Properties, California Linear Devices, Inc., Formulabs, Marshall Industries, Builders Resources Corporation, Computer Power Systems, Inc., Sonnenblick Eichner Company, CIM Group, Citicorp, Imperial Credit Commercial Mortgage Investment Corp., and major law firms in office leasing transactions.


Immediately prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Shafran was a partner for more than 25 years in both the corporate and real estate practices at Dentons US LLP (formerly Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP).  Prior to that, Mr. Shafran was the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of Mayer Brown.  Early in his career Mr. Shafran practiced law for 12 years with the Greenberg Glusker firm.  He left his partnership at that firm to form his own law firm of Shafran, Wasser & Childs (formerly Thomas, Shafran, Wasser & Childs).  From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Shafran was a partner in the firm of Shafran & Fragner, teaming up with Matthew Fragner, one of the founding partners of FSPM.