Allen Matkins Elects Paul Nash, Ariel Shaeps, and Elizabeth Wilgenburg to Partnership

New Partners are Based in the Firm’s Century City and San Francisco Offices

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2019) – Allen Matkins, a California-based full service real estate and business law firm, announced today that Paul W. Nash, Ariel Shaeps, and Elizabeth J. Wilgenburg have been elected to the firm partnership, effective July 1, 2019. Paul practices out of the firm’s San Francisco office and represents clients on a variety of commercial real estate matters, including purchase and sales, financing, and leasing. Ari, whose practice focuses on complex construction matters, and Elizabeth, who has worked on some of the largest office lease deals on the West Coast, are both located in the firm’s Century City office.

“Paul, Ari, and Liz represent the depth, breadth, and diverse experience Allen Matkins and its renowned real estate department have to offer. They are prime examples of how our firm provides the necessary resources to younger attorneys eager to expand their expertise and enhance their client service,” says David L. Osias, managing partner of Allen Matkins. “All three of them have served as lead counsel on some of California’s most notable real estate projects so their elevation to partnership is well deserved.”

Paul Nash
Paul has a highly diverse real estate practice, allowing him to provide effective legal counsel on acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and leasing matters for a variety of clients. He uses a business-oriented approach to his transactional work representing buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, and landlords in all facets of commercial property acquisition, financing, development, leasing and management.

Paul is an Eagle Scout, and he spent two years as a voluntary missionary in Costa Rica. His current community service includes holding leadership positions in his church and serving on the Board of the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Ari Shaeps

Ari is one of the firm’s lead construction attorneys with a specialty in complex commercial and residential development, including all facets of design and construction. He has successfully negotiated and closed a variety of highly sophisticated transactions totaling over $7 billion in design and construction all over the West Coast, including various trophy projects such as Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. 

Given the breadth and scope of his representative work, Ari has worked with many of the nation’s top architects and contractors and is often leaned upon for market guidance on many economic and “quasi-business” related issues. In addition, Ari has experience on a wide range of real estate and commercial issues, including the review, analysis, and preparation of documents associated with acquisition and leasing transactions. 

Elizabeth Wilgenburg

Elizabeth’s practice includes both lease transactions as well as acquisitions and dispositions. She specializes in representing landlords in connection with large lease transactions with technology-oriented tenants and is sought after by many institutional owners for representation on these matters. Elizabeth has leased over 17 million square feet of space since joining Allen Matkins and represented the landlords on the three largest leases in the history of the City of San Francisco, including Facebook’s lease at Park Tower, Dropbox’s lease at The Exchange, and Salesforce’s lease at Salesforce Tower.

About Allen Matkins
Allen Matkins, founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm with approximately 200 attorneys in four major metropolitan areas of California:  Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. The firm’s areas of focus include real estate, construction, land use, environmental and natural resources; corporate and securities, real estate and commercial finance, bankruptcy, restructurings and creditors’ rights, joint ventures and tax; labor and employment; and trials, litigation, risk management and alternative dispute resolution in all of these areas. For more information about Allen Matkins please visit

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