Peter A. Gelles

Peter A. Gelles

Attorney Profile

Top Rated International Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

The Law Offices of Peter A. Gelles
 | 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323-651-5600
Fax: 323-651-5612
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 1972
Practice Areas:
  • International (50%),
  • Real Estate: Business (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German,
  • French,
  • Italian
Attorney Profile
Advises U.S. and international corporate and individual clients in regard to U.S. and cross border business, real estate, and private client matters. Law degree from Oxford University, and has been admitted to practice in California, the U.K., and Hong Kong. Chairman of InterCounsel, a network of international lawyers in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Past Chair of California State Bar International Law Section, LACBA Real Property Section, and ABA Committees on International Real Estate Investment and International Secured Transactions (Co-Chair). Adviser to ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services. Chair, Moderator and Speaker at numerous seminars in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Board member and adviser for various arts organizations.

About Peter Gelles

Admitted: 1972, California

Professional Webpage:


  • (International Trade and Finance Law), Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • Citywealth Magic Circle Award, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell's 5.0 AV Preeminent

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Admitted to practice in the U.K. and Hong Kong

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Peter has served as Chair of both the L.A. County Bar Association’s Real Property Section, and the California State Bar’s International Law Section. Peter also is a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on International Real Estate Investments, and former Co-Chair of the California State Bar’s Council and Task Force on Sections and the American Bar Association’s Committee on International Secured Transactions. Peter also has served for several years as an Advisor to the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Transnational Legal Practice. 

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board member and Co-Chair, Governance Committee, Creative Capital, New York; former Board member, Ojai Music Festival; former Board Chair and President, Santa Monica Museum of Art

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Benjamin Crocker Symposium, Los Angeles, Moderator, Lost in Translation? Trends in Foreign Investments in U.S. Commercial Real Estate, 2014
  • Benjamin Crocker Symposium, Los Angeles, Co-Chair/Moderator, Innovative Methods for Improving Real Estate NOI and Asset Value in Challenging Times, 2009
  • Benjamin Crocker Symposium, Los Angeles, Moderator, Global Real Estate, 2008
  • California State Bar Conference, Co-Chair, Co-Moderator, Crossborder Estate, Financial & Asset Planning, 2006
  • California State Bar Annual Meeting, Speaker, Crossborder Ethics and Multijurisdictional Practice, 2006
  • California State Bar Annual Meeting, Moderator, Ethics and Multijurisdictional Practice Issues, 2005
  • California State Bar Education Institute, Chair and Moderator, Cross Border Real Estate Transactions, 2004
  • California State Bar Annual Meeting, Co-Chair and Moderator, Cross Border Financial and Asset Planning, 2004
  • California State Bar Annual Meeting, Co-Chair and Moderator, International Construction Projects, 2004
  • Benjamin Crocker Symposium, Los Angeles, Speaker, U.S. Income Property Acquisitions and Dispositions, 2000
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chair and Moderator, International Real Estate Development, 1999
  • American Bar Association Presidential Showcase Program, Chair and Moderator, International Real Estate Securitization, 1998
  • International, American and Inter-Pacific Bar Associations, Moderator, International Hotel and Resort Development: Legal and Practical Challenges, 1998
  • Institutional Real Estate Investor, Author, Global U.S. Real Estate Investment, 1995
  • American Bar Association, Author, Role of U.S. Counsel in Advising U.S. Investors in Foreign Real Estate, 1991
  • Property Finance, Author, Current Perspectives on U.S. Investment in U.K. Property, 1991
  • Chiyoda Kokusai, Tokyo, Japan, Real Estate Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions in the U.S., 1987

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • See "Honors and Awards", "Bar/Professional Activity" and "Scholarly Lectures and Writings"

Educational Background:

  • B.A. (Jurisprudence) and M.A.degrees from Oxford University, England
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Office Location for Peter A. Gelles

5900 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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