Ken Kecskes is a lawyer that focuses on real estate transactions and land use. He is a partner at K&L Gates LLP, servicing clients from San Francisco and Los Angeles.

His practice encompasses a wide variety of complex real estate projects, including master-planned and mixed-use communities; hotels and resorts; corporate campuses; and professional sports stadiums. His experience includes acquisitions and dispositions, project entitlement and development, construction contracts, and developer/equity participant venture formation.

Ken has developed a strategic understanding of the development of large master-planned, mixed-use communities. He has assisted the developers of such communities along the full life cycle of their development from initial acquisition, land use entitlement, and construction to the sale of lands to merchant home builders and retail and commercial developers. Ken has counseled clients during the CEQA process and negotiated statutory development agreements and disposition and development agreements (DDAs) with local governments and redevelopment agencies. He has advised clients on land use entitlement strategy, including general plan amendments, subdivision map processing, the Permit Streamlining Act, the Mitigation Fee Act and the impact of climate change on development. He has implemented programs involving the public and private financing and construction of infrastructure, including roads, potable and reclaimed water systems and other utilities. He has negotiated the financing and provision of schools and affordable housing. Ken has implemented telecommunications and technology co-marketing arrangements and helped to manage the valuable trademarks and good will created by developers of master-planned communities. He has assisted clients in the construction and operation of community amenities (such as golf courses, recreation centers and private parks). Finally, Ken has assisted clients in structuring entities and agreements to manage construction risks and defect claims, including through traditional insurance models, owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIPs) and various other self-insurance programs.

Ken has advised publicly traded and private companies on the real estate issues involved with mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs.

Professional Honors & Awards

Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California, 2012

The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate & Construction: Real Estate, 2011

San Diego Law Review, Lead Articles Editor

University of California, Los Angeles Daily Bruin, Managing Editor


Urban Land Institute, Community Development Council, Silver Flight

Leadership Team, San Francisco Leadership and Development Group

Leadership Team, San Francisco Chapter, New Canaan Society

Community Service

Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America, Marin Council Troop 43

Outside Director, The Open Table, an organization combating poverty

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

All State Courts in California