Commercial Leases Common Pitfalls and How to Sidestep Them



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September 28, 2022
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About the Program

Join Michael Kostecka and Elizabeth Dryden, who have over 27 years of leasing experience between them, as they discuss how to successfully address some common hurdles during lease negotiations from both the landlord and tenant perspective.

Michael Kostecka, Partner at Allen Matkins
Elizabeth Dryden, Partner at Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

Meet the Speakers
Michael Kostecka


Partner at Allen Matkins

Mike is a real estate partner in the Los Angeles office. His practice encompasses a broad range of real estate and construction transactions, including advising landlord and tenant clients in structuring, negotiating, and drafting commercial real estate and ground leases of all types of real estate assets; purchase and sale agreements; advising commercial property owners, architects, engineers, and contractors in the negotiation and drafting of design, engineering, consulting, and construction of both commercial real estate and residential real estate projects; and managing all aspects of joint venture and preferred equity investment transactions for real estate investment firm clients.

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Elizabeth Dryden


Partner Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

Elizabeth Dryden is a Partner in the Real Estate Department of Ervin Cohen & Jessup, LLP. 

Elizabeth’s practice covers a broad range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, office, retail and other commercial leasing, financings, and joint venture and syndication formations. Her practice experience includes extensive representation of institutional and non-institutional lenders, property owners and developers, private equity investors and high-net worth individuals across all asset classes. With a strong background in finance, Elizabeth specializes in structuring and negotiating real estate finance transactions, including first mortgage loans, mezzanine and other subordinate loans, preferred equity and joint venture structures, syndicated credit facilities, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loans, bridge loans and construction loans. Prior to joining Ervin Cohen & Jessup, Elizabeth worked at the Am Law 100 firms Paul Hastings LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP. 

Elizabeth is a creative problem solver. She focuses on practical and workable solutions for her clients, collaborating with them to comprehensively understand their business and operations. She successfully navigates complex legal matters while balancing big picture issues with deal specific details. Adapting to meet each client’s unique legal needs, Elizabeth prioritizes her clients’ concerns without losing sight of her role as an advisor and ardent advocate. 

While in law school, Elizabeth was a volunteer for Sanctuary for Families, advocating for abused spouses seeking divorces. As an undergrad, she volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician on the university ambulance corps, serving as a Crew Chief and as a member of the Medical Board.

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