Executive Team


Jim Dillavou  Principal 

Jim is co-founder and principal of Paragon Commercial Group where he focuses on corporate strategy, acquisitions and capital structuring. Jim’s background in development, law and capital markets has contributed to Paragon’s steady growth and reputation as one of the preeminent retail development firms in California.


Jim is formerly a real estate and finance attorney with Latham & Watkins LLP where he represented developers, equity providers and lenders in capital structuring, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and entitlements. In addition, Jim’s practice included the representation of institutional clients including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Deutche Bank in the acquisition, financing and development of large scale real estate projects throughout the United States. Upon leaving Latham & Watkins LLP, Jim joined the Los Angeles office of Regency Centers where he managed ground-up development and repositioning of retail community and neighborhood centers in Southern California.


Jim is currently serving as Chair of the Urban Land Institute's Small Scale Development Council, an Executive Committee Board member of the Southern Methodist University Folsom Institute for Real Estate, an Executive Committee Board Member of the USC Gould School of Law Real Estate Law and Business Forum, and a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Jim was the recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious distinction of being one of the “Top 40 Under 40” land use and real estate professionals in the United States and, most recently, was chosen by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Who In Real Estate” as one of the top five retail real estate professionals in Los Angeles.

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