Justin is a Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) market expert, with 11 years of experience in commercial real estate leasing and sales. As former Associate Director of Economic Development for the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and Central City Association and currently as Vice President of brokerage at Kennedy Wilson, Justin’s passion for a better DTLA is exemplified in his deep knowledge of the area’s history, strong relationships with local stakeholders, and track record of transactional success.
During his five-year tenure at the DCBID, Justin successfully recruited hundreds of retailers, developers, hotels, office tenants and residents to DTLA, while playing an active role in laying the political groundwork for DTLA’s renaissance. Notable recruits whose presence led to the explosion of growth seen in DTLA today include: City Target, Bottega Louie, Urth Caffé, and The Ace Hotel.
Justin joined Kennedy Wilson in 2014 to spearhead its commercial brokerage platform in Downtown Los Angeles and is currently recognized as one of the area’s leading brokers. In that time, he and his partner, Lee Shapiro, have successfully completed over 590,000 square feet of retail, mixed-use, adaptive reuse, and creative office space transactions in DTLA. Given his boots-on-the-ground market expertise, Justin has also been engaged to represent numerous notable office tenants.
In 2019 and 2020, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Justin one of L.A.’s 500 Most Influential People.
Justin has been involved and taken leadership roles in multiple real estate/networking organizations, community boards and charitable organizations, including:
Bringing Back Broadway (Planning and Marketing & Economic Development Committees)
International Council of Shopping Centers
Jewish Federation Real Estate & Construction Division (Cabinet Member)
Pershing Square Advisory Board
Real Estate Networking Event (Partner)
Urban Land Institute (Young Leader)
Weingart Center (Young Partner)
Weingart Center Corporation (Board Member)
Bachelor of Political Science degree, UCLA
Broadway Investment Group
Essex Property Trust
Rising Realty Partners
Skid Row Housing Trust
Tarina Tarantino Management
The Carlyle Group
The Wolff Company