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Nossaman LLP

Marco D. Costales


T 213.612.7878
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing

Marco Costales has in-depth experience in business transactions and, in particular, for the healthcare industry. He represents non-profit hospitals, other healthcare facilities, and nonprofit research institutions, and nonprofit trade associations and religious corporations in connection with a wide variety of transactions. His experience also includes representation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and joint ventures in connection with formation, financing, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, combinations, intellectual property licensing, leasing and general contract, operational and employment issues.

Mr. Costales also represents major restaurant groups, hotel owners/operators, golf course facilities, and airlines carriers in connection with alcoholic beverage license transfers, compliance, and regulatory matters.

Representative Work

A large non-profit medical center operating in more than 40 locations. Represents this renowned nonprofit medical center and its affiliated organizations in a wide variety of transactional matters, including intellectual property portfolio management and protection (including compliance with the Bayh-Dole Act) and I.P. exploitation (including patent and software licensing transactions), research arrangements, debt and equity investments, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate governance/maintenance of subsidiary organizations, consulting and service contracts, and vendor contract preparation and negotiation.

Zynx Health Incorporated. Represented this medical research consulting firm (now a subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation) in connection with the licensure of its proprietary, web-based software products and tools to large health systems and in connection with strategic alliances and partnerships with such systems. Also represented Zynx Health in connection with research, data-mining, and consulting agreements with many large pharmaceutical companies. Developed product development and joint marketing agreements for this client, many of which have become the client's "standard forms".

Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (formerly known as Harbor-UCLA Research and Education Institute). Represents this nonprofit public benefit organization in connection with its corporate governance issues, finance issues, intellectual property matters, employment arrangements and related transactions. Nossaman serves as LA BioMed's "general counsel", and handles not only corporate work, but also employment, real estate, litigation and other legal matters for L.A. BioMed. Mr. Costales regularly meets with LA BioMed's Board of Directors and, when asked, Committees of the Board.

HealthCare Partners, Ltd. Represented an affiliate of this healthcare entity (the Camden Group) in connection with trademark and related intellectual property issues.

United Surgical Partners International. Represented this publicly-held company in connection with its acquisition activities and software licensing transactions.

California Heart Center Foundation. Represented this nonprofit public benefit corporation in connection with corporate governance issues, agreements with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Medical Center, and various healthcare regulatory matters. In addition, Nossaman assisted CHCF in connection with a private letter ruling request from the IRS with respect to some proposed transactions with University Cardiovascular Medical Group, Inc.  Nossaman also represented CHCF in connection with its acquisition by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Colorado Access. Represented the State of Colorado's largest Health Maintenance Organization in connection with the outsourcing of its data processing systems to an Application Services Provider.

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Acted as this trade association's counsel and parliamentarian at its 49th Annual Congress. Assisted delegates with questions concerning Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure, helped delegates draft resolutions to bring before the House of Delegates, assisted AORN staff with the preparation of meeting scripts and wrote an article for the AORN Congress News Publication.

Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc. Represents this international restaurant group (that owns and operates the premium "Morton's of Chicago - The Steakhouse" restaurants) in connection with all of its California alcoholic beverage licensing, regulatory and compliance matters. This representation has not only included services for individual restaurants located throughout the State (often in conjunction with Nossaman land use experts), but also includes services at the holding company level in connection with Morton's recent "going private" and related corporate transactions.

Albertson's, Inc. Retained as local California counsel by one of the three investor groups that recently acquired all of the Albertson's grocery stores nationwide. Handled all aspects of the mass transfer of 160 off-sale general alcoholic beverage licenses from Albertson's Inc. to the investor group's newly formed entity. Currently, handling various post-closing matters in connection with this transaction.

Marie Callender Pie Shops, Inc. Retained as local California counsel by the parent company of Marie Callender's in connection with various alcoholic beverage licensing compliance and regulatory issues resulting from a corporate reorganization of the companies.

Charthouse Enterprises, Inc. Provides representation and advice to this national restaurant chain in connection with alcoholic beverage licensing, regulatory and compliance matters in California.

Two international airline carriers. Provides representation to two international airline carriers in connection with alcoholic beverage licensing, regulatory and compliance matters, for both their aircraft and their premier membership clubs at California airports.

The Sports Club Company. Along with Nossaman land use attorneys, represents this international owner and operator of health clubs in connection with land use and alcoholic beverage license issues in California.

TPC at Valencia. Along with Nossaman land use attorneys, represented the PGA Tour, Inc. in connection with securing alcoholic beverage licenses and entitlements for the Tournament Players Club at Valencia golf course and related facilities.

Lan Enterprises LLC. Represents this owner and operator of the Carlton Oaks Country Club in connection with alcoholic beverage license issues.

Awards & Honors

Named "2013 Top Attorney" by Pasadena Magazine.

Marco D. Costales
Marco D. Costales



J.D./MBA, University of California, Berkeley, 1988

A.B., Stanford University, 1984, with distinction



Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

California Bar Association

Los Angeles Bar Association

National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys (NAABLA)

National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association (NABCA)

Member, Executive Committee – Pasadena II Chapter of ProVisors® Professional Networking Group

Awards & Honors

Named "2013 Top Attorney" by Pasadena Magazine.

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