Dorothy Groza Joins CGS3 as Senior Counsel

Commercial Real Estate Law Firm Adds to Los Angeles Team

Expanding its team of best-in-class lawyers, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3), a Southern California commercial real estate law firm, has named Dorothy Groza as senior counsel to the firm. Specializing in commercial real estate, business transactions and dispute resolution, she joins CGS3’s complex transactions practice group and will be based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

With an extensive background in commercial real estate and regulatory issues – including international and multi-state development, foreign investor and joint venture projects – Groza was previously general counsel to Empire, a leading California retailer, manufacturer and distributor. Concurrently, she also managed her own independent law firm, Groza Law, for nine years – where she facilitated the acquisition, disposition, leasing and development of over $900 million in real estate transactions on behalf of clients in the hospitality, food and beverage, retail, multifamily and technology sectors.

According to CGS3 founding partner Sean Southard, Groza is an important addition to the CGS3 team and is a testament to firm’s ability and commitment to attracting best-in-class real estate lawyers. “Dorothy is a proven deal maker and entrepreneur who knows how to think outside the box and the importance of delivering a superior client experience. Her background, as both general counsel and a private practice attorney fits perfectly with our strategic business model – she will be a huge asset in helping our Los Angeles based team expand our presence in California and beyond.”

Groza was also previously in-house counsel for SOCA, a multi-state portfolio developer and worked as an associate attorney at Prenovost, Normandin, Dawe & Rocha, an Orange County based business, real estate and construction firm where she gained litigation experience.

In her off time, Groza is a vintage auto and motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys rally driving through backroads and canyons and racing the Norra Mexican 1000 in Baja California with friends.

A licensed real estate broker, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University and earned her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School.

About Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3)

CGS3 is a recognized leader among a new generation of commercial real estate law firms with practice areas covering the entire commercial real estate life cycle, including finance, acquisition/disposition, entity formation, tax, development, land use, leasing, distressed asset workouts and dispute resolution.  Earning a reputation as one of California’s leading commercial real estate law firms, CGS3 recruits the state’s top real estate attorneys from both large corporate firms and senior in-house positions. For more information, visit