• California


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association


  • UCLA School of Law, JD
  • Harvard University, BA, cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
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William S. Small


Los Angeles, CA v. +1.424.239.3405 f. +1.424.239.3395

William Small is a nationally recognized real estate lawyer with over thirty years of experience successfully handling a broad range of real property transactions.  Mr. Small represents institutional lenders, borrowers, developers, landlords and tenants, and buyers and sellers with respect to:

  • construction finance, loan restructurings, and workouts of problem real estate loans
  • development and construction of all property types
  • commercial leasing transactions and property management
  • acquisitions, equity investments, and related due diligence matters
  • sales and dispositions 

Mr. Small's experience includes advising commercial banks and other financial institutions in the documentation, origination or restructure of more than $1.5 billion in construction and permanent loans for commercial, industrial, and residential projects.  Mr. Small has wide ranging experience with all property types, including transactions involving corporate office and industrial parks, hotels, shopping centers, apartment projects, single-family subdivisions, condominium developments and conversion projects, and special-use projects and facilities. 

Mr. Small is a frequent author and lecturer on various aspects of real property law and finance.  He has authored the chapter entitled "Real Property Sales Transactions" for the Attorneys' Damages Guide, annual updates (California CEB, 1991–1996), and he has been a speaker at the First and Second Annual Real Estate Workouts Conference sponsored by UCLA Extension and the Harvard Business School Association of Southern California. 

Mr. Small has been ranked nationally and locally as a leader in the area of real estate law.


  • Represented a developer in the purchase and development of a $120 million luxury apartment complex in Los Angeles, its conversion to residential condominiums, and the marketing and sale of units.
  • Handling a $60 million disposition of four industrial parks in California to a publicly held REIT.
  • Advising an owner in the sale of a 440-unit apartment complex.
  • Negotiating the development, marketing, and sale of a 180-unit residential condominium development in Southern California.


Mr. Small is a member of the Financial Lawyers Conference and the Real Property Finance Subsection of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  From 1984 to 1989, he was a member of the Advisory Commission on Real Property Insurance to the California State Senate.