Salvador P. LaViña

Salvador P. LaViña


Business lawyer and trusted adviser Sal LaViña represents entrepreneurs and companies on complex transactions and strategic advising. With more than three decades of experience, Sal serves as a fierce advocate who listens, performs and achieves client objectives, whether closing a complex multi-state marquee deal or a fixing a local problem.

Clients hire Sal as the go-to deal guy who has closed or supervised transactions totaling nearly $10 billion dollars over the past decade. He is skilled in virtually all areas of real estate, including acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, multifamily transactions, 1031 exchanges, real estate fund formation, development, public-private and multistate matters.

In the corporate realm, Sal focuses his practice on finance and capital raising, fund formation, syndications and private placements, and mid-market mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset transactions. Sal also counsels clients on complex workouts, crisis management, and investor and LLC disputes. He speaks regularly throughout the business community on real estate, finance, and business development topics.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Sal has led law firms and businesses alike. After several years at O'Melveny & Myers, right after graduating from Columbia Law School, he later served as managing partner in a business law firm, as well as general counsel and a partner in a real estate development company. He also has a California broker's license, and works on his own deals. Sal knows, from first-hand experience, the pressures of running a business and brings this sensitivity to his practice at every turn.

After graduating magna cum laude from UCLA, before he went to law school, Sal worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. This experience taught him early-on to be a concise, compelling communicator who asks pertinent and informative questions. He meets even the tightest deadlines while processing complicated information under pressure.
Sal is dedicated to giving back to the communities where he lives and works. He walks the walk, and exemplifies his belief that service is at the heart of being a well-rounded lawyer.

In the UCLA community, Sal recently served as a board member and general counsel for the UCLA Alumni Association, was nominated to the UCLA Order of the Golden Bruin in recognition of his valued individual service to UCLA, and was recently appointed to the advisory board of UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, a joint center of UCLA Anderson Business School and UCLA School of Law. For his beloved alma mater, Sal works with the UCLA Centennial Campaign, UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group, Wooden Athletic Fund (Coaches Roundtable Member) and UCLA Foundation Campaign of Champions, and he has hosted Dinners for 12 Strangers, participated in Interview With a Bruin, been an Alumni Mentor, and spoken at UCLA Extension courses on business and real estate law. He networks with Bruin Professionals as well as Provisors, where he was on the Executive Committee of the Brentwood Group, and Chair of the Investment Committee of the Real Estate Affinity Group.

Sal has been appointed to non-profit boards which focus on helping underserved children in communities where he grew up, including The Village Family Services, and was a board member for several years for Para los Niños. He also has worked on community redevelopment, representing several cities in South Los Angeles, and was Chief of Staff for Operation Hope, which focused on building businesses in South Central Los Angeles. He also volunteers for speech and debate tournaments, mentoring, and speaking on career development at inner-city high schools.