As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.
This week, we profile attorney Arthur Mazirow:
CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?
Art: For many years I was a transactional real estate lawyer specializing in industrial and commercial development and leasing in Southern California. I chose the real estate field because I majored in real estate when I attended the UCLA School of Business.
Early in my career, I was representing clients involved in real estate and we worked together for many years. Those clients referred other clients and my practice grew. I chose the real estate law field because I had an interest in it. I found that the law, rules and economics of real estate came to me easily.
CEB: What CEB book or program have you found most helpful in your practice and why?
Art: I started to consult CEB real estate books very early in my practice. I found them to be very helpful and I still consult them on a regular basis. I have found all of the CEB books concerning real estate topics to be excellent resource material. The authors are all very knowledgeable.
CEB: Why do you choose to speak for CEB?
Art: It gives me the opportunity to interact with lawyers from all over the state rather than just Los Angeles. I learn something from every class that I teach and I enjoy the give and take of teaching.
CEB: What do you like best about practicing law?
Art: It is interesting and it gives me the opportunity to interact with some of the brightest, most intelligent people in the State of California.
CEB: What is the best legal tip you ever received?
Art: Always keep your clients informed as to what is occurring on their legal matters; initiate telephone calls to your clients and promptly return telephone calls.
CEB: How do you think the practice of law will change in the next 15 years?
Art: I think the legal profession will change dramatically as the technology of obtaining and handling information becomes more and more sophisticated.
CEB: What are the most interesting books you have read recently?
Art: I read a lot of fiction and non-fiction. The two non-fiction books that I recently finished and found informative, interesting and thought-provoking were: Louis D. Brandeis: A Life by Melvin Urofsky, and Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
CEB: What is your contact information?
CEB: Thank you, Art! And thank you also for your excellent programs for CEB, Mazirow on Tactics, Techniques and Strategies in Negotiating Real Property Transactions and Mazirow on Negotiating Real Property Contracts and Arbitrating Real Property Disputes, and your consulting on CEB’s Ground Lease Practice (2d ed Cal CEB 2009).