Avison Young has hired leading office broker Jonathan Larsen. He joins the firm as a Principal and Managing Director of the West Los Angeles office. Larsen will oversee the day-to-day operations of the office, while continuing his focus on Downtown Los Angeles and growing Avison Young’s Tri-Cities, West San Fernando Valley and Ventura County markets. He will also continue to expand his national and local corporate occupancy and tenant representation practice, while providing sales and leasing services.

Jonathan Larsen“Avison Young’s continued growth in West Los Angeles, as well as our expansion into the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County markets, are of critical importance to our overall Southern California strategic plan,” commented Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young. “Jonathan has a long history of market leadership throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, as well as in the national corporate services arena, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he has chosen to join Avison Young.”

Chris Cooper, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company’s Southern California region, added: “The respect Jonathan has earned in the Southern California real estate community will be of tremendous value to our firm and to our clients. We look forward to leveraging Jonathan’s longstanding track record as a leasing market leader to provide best-in-class service delivery to our clients.”

Larsen brings 27 years of commercial real estate experience to Avison Young, most recently with DTZ (formerly Cassidy Turley) in Los Angeles where he served as Regional Managing Principal of the firm’s Southern California region from 2012 to 2015. He also served on the board of directors at Cassidy Turley.

While at DTZ/Cassidy Turley, Larsen launched the firm’s Los Angeles office and oversaw a 35-employee operation. Prior to that, he spent nearly seven years as Executive Managing Director and board member at Transwestern in Los Angeles, serving office clients in leasing and sales. From 1995 to 2006, he served as a Principal in the Downtown Los Angeles office of Trammell Crow Company. Larsen started his commercial real estate career with CB Richard Ellis (now CBRE) in Los Angeles in 1988. While there, he ranked among the firm’s top 10% nationally while providing corporate tenant representation and agency leasing services.

Over the course of his career, Larsen has garnered numerous accolades, including: CoStar Power Broker of the Year (2005 to 2014); Cassidy Turley National Top Producer Award (2013, 2014); Los Angeles Business Journal Top Tenant Advisory Broker (2013, 2011, 2010); Transwestern Top Outsourcing Service Award (2011); Transwestern Top (National) Tenant Advisory Broker (2011); Top President of U.S. Private Clubs Award (2010); Transwestern Champions Club (2008 to2011); Transwestern Newcomer of the Year (2006); Los Angeles Business Journal Broker of the Year (2002); Trammell Crow Top (National) Tenant Advisory Broker (2002); CB Richard Ellis Top Broker Award (1990 to 1996) and CB Richard Ellis Rookie of the Year Award (1989).

Larsen holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and marketing from the University of Washington, where he played intercollegiate basketball. He is also on the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, serves as campaign Chair of the Los Angeles Advisory Board of the Posse Foundation, and was former President of the Jonathan Club.

Also joining Avison Young from DTZ is Chandler Larsen as an Associate. Formerly an Associate at DTZ in Los Angeles, he will service office leasing clients in conjunction with Jonathan Larsen.