Former Valensi Rose Managing Partner Arlen Ross Gunner died unexpectedly on November 9, 2021.

Arlen retired from the practice of law at the end of February 2015, after 42 years as a business, real estate, and transactional lawyer. He joined Valensi Rose in 1997, and for the last 10 of his tenure here was our Managing Partner. He was beloved by all at our firm.

Arlen was a superb lawyer who advised clients on real estate development law, corporate finance law, and tax-exempt bond financing, as well as partnership, commercial, and business issues.

Arlen fostered a positive and collegial working environment during his tenure. Under his leadership, Valensi Rose responded to the recession of 2008 without layoffs and thrived when the economy bounced back.

In an interview, he told a journalist, “I have come to believe that the success of our firm is based upon the fact that we really value human capital, not only our clients, but also our employees.”

Arlen was named a “Super Lawyer” several times in the area of real estate law and recognized as a top lawyer in his field by Law and Politics Magazine and by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine.

For 22 years he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Century City Chamber of Commerce, and for several years during that time he served as the organization’s chair. Deeply committed to philanthropic causes, he was a member of several nonprofit boards and supported other nonprofit organizations.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he received his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. He was admitted to the New York and California bars.

Arlen is survived by his wife, Toni Stone, and an extended family.