John H. Irons

USA: California

Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP
1901 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Tel: 310.201.8937
Fax: 310.564.1837


John Irons joined Picher, Nichols & Meeks in 1990 . He is a partner in the firm’s real estate department and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Irons’ practice focuses on real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financing, secured debt, restructuring and workouts, as well as other complex real estate-related matters.

The clients Mr. Irons has represented include:  AIG Global Real Estate, Atherton-Newport Investments LLC, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, CarrAmerica, Colony Advisors, Countrywide Home Loans, Credit Suisse First Boston, Equity Office Properties, Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C., Hilton Worldwide, Inc., IndCor Properties Inc., ING Barings, JMB Realty Corporation, LivCor LLC, Northwood Investors LLC, Och-Ziff Real Estate, Playa Capital Company, and Secured Capital Corp.

Mr. Irons’ representative transactions include:

  • Representation of an institutional real estate investor in connection with the formation of a joint venture for the acquisition, financing and recapitalization of a 31-property, 59-building, approximately 4.5-million-square-foot office portfolio in Southern California
  • Representation of a joint venture comprised of multiple institutional investors in connection with its acquisition, financing, development and sale of the approximately 1,100-acre Playa Vista master-planned mixed use community in Los Angeles
  • Representation of a private real estate syndicator in its acquisition, development, financing and management of an approximately $850,000,000 portfolio of multi-family projects located throughout the United States
  • Representation of an institutional real estate investor in the acquisition, financing and recapitalization of three real estate investment trusts (REITs) holding 17.7 million square feet of Class A industrial properties in 11 states
  • Representation of an institutional investor and its affiliates in the sale of a 17-building San Diego office portfolio totaling 2.1 million square feet to an institutional real estate investor
Honors & Awards:

Mr. Irons holds the highest peer review rating available, the “AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated” rating, from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Irons was also selected as a Super Lawyers’ Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Los Angeles for 2016, 2017 and 2018, as one of the Best Lawyers in America in 2017 and 2018, and as a BTI Client Service All-Star in 2013.

Our practice covers a broad spectrum of real estate matters, including

  • structuring and negotiation of real estate acquisitions and sales
  • joint venture transactions
  • real property financing, including construction, conduit, mezzanine and participating loans
  • loan participations
  • workouts
  • loan and REO portfolio acquisitions, dispositions and administration
  • property development
  • leasing
  • overseeing litigation
  • tax
  • corporate transactions

Additionally, our experience in related practice areas allows us to provide a complete array of legal services to our real estate clients.

Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP (Pircher) is widely recognized as one of the premier real estate law firms in the United States, with a diversified practice built upon the collective knowledge of its attorneys.

For more than 35 years, we have maintained a thriving national practice and have been entrusted to provide sophisticated solutions for some of the country’s most complex real estate transactions. As a result, our firm continues to represent many of the most well-known and active equity funds, financial institutions, venture capitalists, real estate investment trusts (REITs), pension funds and other institutional and private investors nationwide.

Our 40 attorneys in Los Angeles have the combined experience and knowledge to successfully provide advice and counseling on a wide variety of deals, including sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, leasing and development, workouts, private equity fund formations and other complex transactions. We are an integrated real estate practice that has the breadth to work on these transactions throughout the United States and, on occasion, in foreign countries.

We provide quick and efficient responses to our clients’ needs through our investment in technology and ongoing education, which are integral components of our firm’s culture. Our extensive document management system and cutting-edge communication technologies enable us to impart information to our clients in an effective and productive manner. We also strongly believe our people are our greatest asset, and in keeping with that philosophy, we invest in them by providing training such as continuing education sessions on current trends in real estate transactions, documents and related legal issues.

We know our intellectual capital not only sets us apart, but also enables us to grow and build on the foundation that was established more than three decades ago. It is because of our people that year after year we receive recognitions from Best Lawyers®, Chambers and Partners USA, Super Lawyers and Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) for our depth of experience and commitment to excellence.

A client says: “They cut through the complexities and handle matters promptly,” also adding: “The firm provides a great resource for any and all real estate issues and problems.”
Chambers & Partners, 2018