Joshua P. Rabinowitz

Joshua P. Rabinowitz



Leading southern California real estate and business attorney. More than 25 years of experience handling complex transactions. Trusted confidant and solutions oriented.

There are few real estate and business attorneys with the depth of knowledge, experience and solutions-oriented approach Josh Rabinowitz possesses. That’s why companies, family offices and ultra-high net worth individuals seek out his counsel to handle their most intricate real estate and business issues. Josh’s practice focuses on all aspects of real property matters from leases and purchase and sale agreements to easements and boundary issues. Representing several of the region’s leading shopping centers and large property owners, Josh handles both commercial and high-end residential transactions, and intimately understands the critical elements to draw upon to ensure transactions are as seamless as possible and accomplish the client’s goals. 

Josh’s work counseling emerging and established companies includes guiding clients through all phases of their business—entity formation, financing, planning, negotiating and drafting contracts and mergers and acquisitions. While a client may come to him with a specific issue, Josh frequently provides more than legal counsel. He is a trusted counselor clients rely upon to identify and analyze creative solutions, provide candid feedback and build a cohesive team of experts. This trait makes him an asset to the ultra-high net worth individuals and companies he counsels on legal, business and family planning matters. 

Representative Matters

High-End Real Estate

  • Counsel to the buyer/borrower in the assumption of an approximate $9,540,000 CMBS loan in connection with the purchase of a multi-tenant office building in Carpinteria, California.

  • Counsel to the buyer of an approximate 11 acre historic estate in Montecito, California, commonly known as El Fureidis.

  • Counsel to numerous regional retail, multi-tenant and commercial/industrial landlords on a range of matters including lease review, negotiation, property acquisition and disposition, portfolio strategy as well as sensitive use-specific issues including cannabis cultivation.

  • Counsel to the buyer of Rancho San Carlos, a 1930s 237 acre estate in Montecito, California. The Brownstein team provided a spectrum of services from transactional work, to the management of land use, real estate permitting, and water rights due diligence.


  • Counsel to the buyer in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of an international shoe and apparel company.

  • Counsel to the seller of substantially all of its assets to surveillance and security services and products company.

  • General counsel to a microphone and electronics company.

Family Office & Ultra-High Net Worth

  • Counsel to a small group of high net worth families and individuals in connection with their legal needs, essentially serving as general counsel to them and their family offices.

  • Serves as trustee in select estates with underlying assets consisting of residential properties, commercial properties, banking and agricultural products and services.

Insights & Publications



  • LL.M. in Taxation, 1998, University of San Diego School of Law
  • J.D., 1995, University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.A., 1990, University of California at San Diego


  • California

Community Involvement


Board of Directors, The Towbes Group, Inc.

Board of Directors, Montecito Bank & Trust

Board of Directors, Aaple Academy Foundation, San Marcos High School

Steering Committee, UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project 



Pacific Coast Business Times, Who's Who in Professional Services, 2021

Pacific Coast Business Times, Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate & Construction, 2021, 2023