Jim Dillavou

National Head of Retail Investments and Retail Capital Markets


Jim Dillavou is the National Head of Retail Investments and Retail Capital Markets for Lincoln Property Company, and co-founder of the retail investment firm, Paragon Commercial Group, Lincoln’s west coast retail investment partner.

Jim co-founded Paragon in 2009 to capitalize on retail real estate investment opportunities resulting from the GFC market dislocation. Since that time, Jim has been honored by the Urban Land Institute as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” land use and real estate professionals in the United States, by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the top 5 retail real estate professionals in Los Angeles, and twice recognized by the Los Angeles Times as a Commercial Real Estate Visionary.

Jim began his career as a real estate and finance attorney with Latham & Watkins LLP where he represented developers, equity investors and lenders in capital structuring, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and entitlements throughout the United States.

Juris Doctor, Law from the University of Virginia School of Law
B.A. from Southern Methodist University

Planning Commissioner for the City of Manhattan Beach, Current
Southern Methodist University Real Estate Impact Fund, Founding Donor & Advisor
Southern Methodist University Folsom Institute for Real Estate, Executive Committee Member
Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at UC Berkeley, Policy Advisory Board Member
USC Gould School of Law Real Estate Law and Business Forum, Executive Committee Board Member
Urban Land Institute's Small Scale Development Council, Prior Chairman
University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Guest Lecturer
UC Berkeley Masters of Real Estate Program, Guest Lecturer