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LOS ANGELES-The law firm Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger will relocate from its long-time home at 601 S. Figueroa St. to nearby 1000 Wilshire Blvd. and lawyers from Berger & Norton will move to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in a merger as law firms continue to generate news in L.A.’s commercial real estate industry. Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger’s move comes in an 83,000-sf lease that will keep the nearly 60-year-old firm’s headquarters Downtown through 2020. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed to be in the range of $20 million. Anthony Gatti, David Yamamoto and Andrew McDonald represented landlord Sumitomo Life Realty of New York in the Buvchalter lease, which continues a trend of late in which law firms have signed some of the most significant leases in Downtown L.A. Jim Travers of Travers Realty represented the tenant. Buchalter will move in August to the 22-story 1000 Wilshire building, where Bernard Sichel of PM Realty Group is the building’s managing agent. The law firm will occupy the entire 12th, 14th and 15th floors and a portion of the second floor.In the Manatt-Berger merger, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips is acquiring Los Angeles-based Berger & Norton. Paul H. Irving, Manatt’s CEO and managing partner, says the Berger attorneys will join Manatt’s Los Angeles office on Sept. 1. The Berger lawyers, who are known for their trial and appellate expertise and real estate industry focus, include Michael M. Berger, Edward G. Burg, George M. Soneff, Kisu Shin, John T. Fogarty and Gideon Kanner. Berger, an appellate, land use, and condemnation specialist, will join as a senior partner; Burg and Soneff, prominent trial lawyers, join as partners; Shin and Fogarty, who are litigation, trial and appellate specialists, join as associates; Kanner, nationally recognized authority on eminent domain and property rights, joins as counsel.

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