Big Shots

Two local real estate attorneys were behind three of the nation’s top 30 office sales last year. Chauncey Swalwell and Stuart Graiwer, partners at Century City law firm Strook & Strook & Lavan LLP, represented JP Morgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. in three acquisitions, including the Horizon at Playa Vista campus last January.

The highest valued deal at $479 million ranked No. 9 on the list. It involved the acquisition last July of two Seattle office buildings, one of which is occupied by Amazon.com Inc., from Schnitzer West LLC. Another was the No. 13-ranked deal: California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s $415 million sale of the China Basin Landing office complex in San Francisco.

The purchase of the Horizon campus, for $294 million from Lincoln and ASB Real Estate Investment of Bethesda, Md., ranked No. 27. Swalwell aid he was pleased to see some of his large deals recognized but stressed the dollar amounts don’t change the way he thinks about transactions.  “We are in a position where we treat the deals that are this big almost the same as the ones that are 10 percent of that size, because they are both just as important to the client,” he said.