Jerrold E. Blair brings to Miller Barondess approximately 40 years of experience in transactional real estate, including land use, purchase and sale, development, commercial leasing, architect/engineering, and general construction and facility maintenance. He has served as chief legal officer for corporations that owned, developed, leased and maintained large real estate portfolios.
Mr. Blair spent 22 years with MCA/Universal, beginning in 1982 as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs for MCA Development Company, the real estate division of MCA Inc. He served for 15 years as Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for its Universal Studios Operations Group. Among projects he oversaw were the transactional work in the ongoing development and operation of a 415-acre motion picture/television production and commercial office facility, and the marketing and sale of Universal’s 750,000-square-foot Class A high-rise office building and two 500-room hotels.
Subsequent to retiring from MCA/Universal, Mr. Blair took a part time position as Senior Real Estate and Corporate Counsel for the Universal Music Group (no longer affiliated with MCA/Universal). He served in that capacity from 2006 until his retirement from that position at the end of July, 2012, where he was responsible for all of Universal Music Group’s U.S. domestic real estate interests, as well supervision of the “Corporate Secretary” function.
Prior to joining MCA/Universal, Mr. Blair was Vice President, Legal Counsel for Hahn Development Corp., where he dealt with land acquisition, design and construction, and leasing of retail shopping centers. He also served as Assistant General Counsel for The Christiana Companies, a Southern California residential real estate developer.
Mr. Blair received his Juris Doctorate in 1973 from Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles, where he was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and Law Review. He is a member of the California State Bar and the American Bar Association.