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John M. Tipton

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John M. Tipton is the Operating Partner of the Century City office of Allen Matkins, immediate past Chair of the firm's Real Estate Department and one of the top attorneys in California with respect to real estate acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and asset management. John represents his clients in actively buying, financing, developing, leasing and selling office centers, shopping centers, mixed use projects, hotels and multi-family projects throughout the United States. He also has extensive experience in representing owners, operators, and partners in all types of development, construction, management and operating agreements.

John represented the buyer in the largest commercial office transactions in Los Angeles for each of calendar years 2012-2014. He also represented Tishman Speyer Properties in the acquisition and development of commercial office property at Playa Vista, California, Raytheon Company in its $9.5 billion acquisition of Hughes Aircraft Company, a transaction involving 20 million square feet of space in 30 states, Lubert-Adler in the repositioning of over 200 Mervyn's throughout the western United States, and Extended Stay America as west coast counsel in facilitating their national rollout of extended-stay hotels.

John represents numerous clients in the development, management, and disposition of assets throughout the western United States. He also represents owners and developers in the acquisition and development of, and the redevelopment of office buildings into, residential buildings.

John's representative clients have included:

  • Artisan Realty
  • Blackstone Real Estate
  • British Telecom
  • CBRE Investors
  • Columbia Development
  • CommonWealth Partners
  • Duesenberg Investment Company
  • Emmett Ochs Investments
  • Empire Commercial Real Estate
  • Equitable Life
  • Extended Stay America
  • Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • First Beverage
  • Foster Enterprises
  • General Electric Credit Equities, Inc.
  • Heitman
  • Hillman Properties
  • Hines Interests Limited Partnership
  • Invesco Real Estate
  • Irvine Company
  • JMB Properties Company
  • JMB/Urban Development Company
  • Jupiter Realty Corporation
  • K Pacific Development
  • Lubert-Adler
  • Morgan Stanley Real Estate Group
  • OTO Development LLC
  • Patriot Equities
  • Prudential Real Estate Investors
  • Raytheon Company
  • Second Street Ventures
  • SHM Partners
  • Spear Street Capitol
  • Sumitomo Life Realty (N.Y.), Inc.
  • Swiss Bank Corporation
  • Tishman Speyer Properties L.P.
  • Topa Equities, Ltd
  • Watt Commercial Properties

A frequent lecturer and author, John co-authored the chapter on Construction Agreements in the second edition of the California Continuing Education of the Bar Commercial Project Practice Guide, the legal education reference book on project management for California attorneys.

John is a member of the California Lawyers Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Urban Land Institute. He has been Co-Counsel of the Los Angeles Commercial Realty Association since 1999.


  • California Lawyers Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute 


  • Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers (2008 - 2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Real Estate Law (2007 - 2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® A-V Preeminent Rating  

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John graduated magna cum laude from Miami University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1988.

Bar Admissions

  • California