Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Damon M. Juha, Partner

Damon M. Juha is Co-Chair of our Real Estate Department.  He specializes in transactional real estate matters with an emphasis on assisting clients in buying, selling, developing, finance and lease all types of real property (industrial, retail, office, multi-unit housing, hotel and residential).  His clients, which include publicly traded companies, start-up businesses, developers and other individuals, retain him to negotiate and document the various stages of a real estate transaction: from acquisition to construction to leasing and management to disposition of the property.  Mr. Juha handles real estate matters throughout the United States, as well as abroad, and has acted as lead real estate counsel for transactions in Canada and Mexico. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Juha worked at Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, representing lenders, developers and REITs.  Previously, he was a Border Patrol Agent.

Mr. Juha has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 and 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Real Estate. He was awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.  He has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list for the last three years (2017-2019) by Super Lawyers Magazine, and included in the Southern California Rising Stars list from 2009 to 2015, an honor earned by only 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40.  In 2015, he was selected to the Top 100 Up-and-Coming Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine.  Mr. Juha has been named “One To Watch” by Hastings Magazine and earned the distinctions of Best Oral Advocate and Best Brief while attending law school there.  He is also an Eagle Scout. 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • City of Hope | Building Hope | Member
  • Urban Land Institute | Membership Committee
  • UC Hastings Recent Alumni Board
  • California Real Property Law Section

Representative Clients and Matters

  • Callaway Golf Company
  • Floyd's 99 Barbershop
  • Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.
  • St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company | The Travelers Companies, Inc. 
  • TravisMathew
  • United States Gypsum

Presentations & Publications

  • "The Future of Culver City: LA's Next Big Submarket?" | Bisnow | October 2014
  • Bisnow SoCal Industrial Real Estate Summit | November 2013
  • "How and Where to Find the Best Real Estate Buys in Today's Market" | Dynamics Capital's "The Smart Real Estate Investor's" Seminar | January 2013
  • "Trends in the Real Estate Legal Service Industry" | Appraisal Institute, Southern California Chapter | January 2011
  • "Today's Buyers Need Flexible Agreements" | Real Estate Southern California | April 2008