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LOS ANGELES—Real estate attorney and former NCAA basketball coach Lee A. Dresie on Thursday was named head of Greenberg Glusker’s Litigation Group, which represents several high-profile celebrity and real estate clients.

Dresie assumes leadership of the firm’s litigation practice effective immediately. Dresie, who has been at Los Angeles-based Greenberg Glusker throughout his 26-year legal career, plans to expand the firm’s client base and work with its transactional attorneys and litigation attorneys to capitalize the firm’s full-service capabilities, he says.

“People in the world outside of law want to be able to know that whatever they have to do in their field—whether its green issues, lending issues or development issues—that they can go to one firm and have people handle it,” Dresie tells Globest.com.

Dresie has litigated, arbitrated and negotiated various business disputes, with an emphasis on real estate and business-related matters. He also serves on the firm’s management committee, and he’s headed its mentor program. Dresie is on the board of directors for the American Industrial Real (AIR) Estate Association, and he earned his JD from UCLA Law School in 1982.

Outside the legal arena, Dresie served as the assistant head coach for Claremont McKenna College’s NCAA basketball team from 1985 to 1994.

Greenberg Glusker’s litigators have a reputation for handling high-profile litigation in entertainment, including motion picture and television, music, interactive media and gaming, and sports, as well as in real estate development, in the areas of leasing, construction, land use, eminent domain and environmental issues.

In entertainment, the firm has represented actor Tom Cruise, film studio DreamWorks SKG, director/producer James Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg in his successful suit against Walt Disney Co. and boxer Oscar De La Hoya.

Some of the firm’s real estate clients include Costco Wholesale Corp., Majestic Realty and Caruso Affiliated. The firm also represented the Oakland Athletics in their recent acquisition and development of 140 acres for a new stadium and entertainment and residential project in Fremont, Ca.

“We have a real strength in real estate,” Dresie says, adding, “but we’re very well known for our entertainment litigation.”

Dresie sees two common threads between real estate and entertainment law: “No. 1, you’re often talking about a breach of a contract, and many of the same rules apply … sometimes it’s just the words are different,” Dresie says. “And sometimes you’re dealing with real estate related matters for an entertainment client, such as when we worked on the case where there were construction problems on the (Aaron) Spelling house.”

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