Profiles in Membership: John M. Trott and Kathleen K. Law

Volume 27 No. 2

John M. Trott

John is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s Institutional Investor Team. He represents financial institutions, real estate developers and owners, and institutional investors in complex commercial real property acquisitions, dispositions and financings, and in restructuring the financial arrangements of troubled assets.

John joined RPTE as an associate to take advantage of the numerous opportunities for continuing legal education that RPTE provides. In addition to the educational programs provided by RPTE, he quickly realized that the Section provides invaluable opportunities to network and develop friendships with attorneys who practice throughout the country.

John currently serves as chair of the Workouts, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Committee of the Real Estate Financing Group and as an assistant editor of RPTE’s eReport. He was recently appointed an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission’s Drafting Committee on Appointment and Powers of Real Estate Receivers. John has spoken at RTPE’s Spring Symposium and in eCLE presentations on issues relating to bankruptcy and acquisition of distressed debt.

In addition to his participation with RPTE, John is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has been voted a Super Lawyer in the practice of real estate law by his peers in the Southern California legal community. He received a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.P.A. and J.D. from Columbia University. John was admitted to practice in California in 1997.

John is native of Los Angeles and lives with his wife, dogs, and cats in Venice. In his spare time he enjoys classical music, running, cycling, and driving his Morgan Plus 8.

Kathleen K. Law

Kathy is a shareholder in Nyemaster Goode, P.C.’s Business, Finance and Real Estate department in Des Moines, Iowa, and practices primarily in real estate law. A large part of her practice is focused on wind energy project development. She regularly represents wind energy developers on project site acquisition, negotiating and preparing agreements with landowners, zoning, and other permitting and title matters. Kathy is the current president of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and is a frequent speaker and writer on wind energy development topics. She is currently writing a book on real estate issues in wind energy development that will be published by the ABA. In addition to her wind energy practice, Kathy regularly represents clients in commercial real estate matters.

Kathy’s involvement in RPTE began in 2008 when she was selected as a RPTE Fellow. During her fellowship she wrote an article for Probate & Property and presented at the ABA Annual Meeting. Since her fellowship ended in 2010, Kathy has been a member of the Standing Committee on Membership, where she currently serves as vice-chair of the Fellows Program. She also is an associate articles editor for Probate & Property.

In addition to her activities in the Section, Kathy serves on the boards of directors for several nonprofits and is active in her local and state bar associations. She is an adjunct professor at Grandview University in Des Moines, teaching real estate-related classes.

Kathy and her husband, David, live in Des Moines and operate the family farm nearby. She is very proud of her son, Jonathan, who is a new attorney also practicing in Des Moines. Kathy’s hobbies include gardening, reading, playing the violin and piano, and her newest artistic endeavor—creating fused glass art. She recently created a Facebook page for her art business, Kathy’s Kreations, and invites everyone interested to stop by and view her latest work.


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