Richard Close

Cozen O'Connor PC

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Ocean Avenue 1299
Santa Monica 90401 CA US

Richard H. Close’s practice focuses on all aspects of land use entitlements, administrative and regulatory law, project development and financing, manufactured housing communities, and governmental relations and advocacy.

Richard is a leader in the legal, political, and business communities, recognized in each area for creating opportunity and exercising astute judgment, as well as his shrewd negotiating skills. His unique multi-faceted career envelops his insight for the benefit of his clients.

The Jewish Journal has called Richard “one of the most powerful people in Los Angeles who most people don’t know.” Richard has also been recognized by the California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance (CMPA) with the “Advocacy Fighter Award” for his outstanding service to the industry in representing community owner’s property rights throughout the state.

Richard received his bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law and was editor of the Boston University Law Review.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School, B.S.

BAR ADMISSIONS : California; Massachusetts



  • Chairman and Member, Oversight Board, Los Angeles City Redevelopment Agency, 2012 – Present
  • County Commissioner, Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), 1996 – Present
  • Founder and Member, Board of Directors, California United Bank, 1982 – 1996
  • California Real Estate Broker, 1978 – Present
  • Member, Transitional Committee for Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, June – July 2015


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