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    Jim Rishwaim speaks at 2011 Pepperdine University School of Law commencement ceremony


    James M. Rishwain, Jr.

    James M. Rishwain, Jr.
    Firm Chair

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    Firm Chair and CEO
    Jim Rishwain is Pillsbury’s Firm Chair. His primary responsibility is to develop and execute Pillsbury’s strategic plan and policies as adopted by the Pillsbury Board. He is the board’s key advisor, the top executive, and its chief visionary, decision maker, and communicator.

    Past Firm Leadership
    Prior to becoming Pillsbury’s Chair, Mr. Rishwain faithfully served in the following firm capacities, among others:

    • Leader or co-leader of Pillsbury’s global Real Estate practice for over 10 years
    • Office Managing Partner of Pillsbury’s Los Angeles offices
    • Chair of Pillsbury’s Partner Compensation System Review Initiative
    • Vice-Chair of Pillsbury’s Compensation Committee, and former and current long-standing member of the Compensation Committee
    • Member of the Professional Responsibility Committee
    • Member of the Partner Hiring Committee

    Practice Capabilities
    In addition to his firm leadership, Mr. Rishwain conducts a highly accomplished and recognized real estate practice. His practice has emphasis in real estate matters including strategic and high-profile investments and acquisitions, development, finance, capital markets, joint ventures, ground leases, build-to-suit leases, synthetic leases, exchanges, syndications, REITs, multi-family tax exempt bond financing, and participating mortgages, all involving the full range of property types. His clients are among the most successful real estate developers, investors, lenders, and owners.

    Honors & Awards
    • Chambers USA, Real Estate—California (2005-2015)
    • Legal 500 US, Real Estate (2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2016)
    • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law (10+ years)
    • PLC Which Lawyer?, Real Estate—Los Angeles (2010-2012)
    • Los Angeles Business Journal Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Award Nominee (2014, 2015, 2016)
    • CASA of Los Angeles’ Robert Morrison Community Service Award (2016)
    • Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Pepperdine University School of Law (2011)
    • CEO Diversity Leadership Award, Diversity Best Practices (2009)
    • Managing Partner A-List, Los Angeles Daily Journal (2009)
    • Who's Who in LA Law, Leadership and Real Estate, Los Angeles Business Journal (2007)
    • California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award, Transactional Law (2004)
    • Real Estate Deal of the Year, Los Angeles Daily Journal
    Community and Organization Leadership

    Mr. Rishwain is active in many civic and community organizations in the City of Los Angeles, including those with respect to sports and entertainment, schools and foster children, parks and homeowners associations, and energy and infrastructure. His involvement includes:

    • Board Member of Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission
    • Board Chair for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles, serving foster children in the court system
    • Board Member of Common Sense Media

    In addition to his involvement with the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Rishwain is affiliated with the following organizations:

    • Board of Experts and President's Circle for the International Real Estate Trade Organization
    • Advisory Board of Best Lawyers/US News & World Report
    • WILEF (Women in Law Empowerment Forum) Leadership Council
    • American Bar Association
    • State of California Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • The Jonathan Club

    • Bloomberg BNA published Mr. Rishwain’s essay What’s Next for Pillsbury Winthrop, May 2015
    • Forbes columnist David Parnell interviewed Mr. Rishwain on leadership and the state of the legal industry: Leveraging 145 Years of Experience, March 2015
    • Mr. Rishwain’s case study “Reservoir of trust – Build trust and confidence in your leadership” is included in Leadership in Law Firms: An Expert Guide, published by Ark Group in association with Managing Partner.
    • Mr. Rishwain’s views on law firm leadership are featured in “Learning From Law Firm Leaders”, a book written by Susan Manch and Michelle Nash and published by ABA Book Publishing in October 2012. The book has been well-received in the legal industry and is being used for leadership development programs in law schools.

    State of California
    J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1984
    cum laude, Moot Court Honor Board; Note and Comment Editor, Pepperdine Law Review
    B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1981
    with honors

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