Movers & Shakers: Dan Urbach exits the Agency for Compass, Avison Young names COO…and more

Real estate law firm Allen Matkins also named a new partner

Leslie Sharpe, Glenn Orgin, Jon Paul Perez, and Wynwood (Credit: Metro 1)
From left: Avison Young’s Martin Dockrill , Dan Urbach and Grant Alexander

A top-producing agent at the Agency has left the firm to join Compass. Dan Urbach and his longtime associate Candace Fengler will be based in Compass’ Pacific Palisades office. He most recently served as partner and managing director at the Agency, where he joined after spending nearly 13 years at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Urbach closed $127 million in sales volume last year, according to the Agency. Urbach will be joining Cindy Ambuehl and Danny Brown, who also left the Agency for Compass in March.

Avison Young promoted Martin Dockrill to chief operating officer of global operations. Dockrill has been with the commercial real estate services firm for 24 years, and most recently worked as managing director of the Ontario, Canada, region. In his new role, he’ll oversee company operations and will manage day-to-day service aspects of the firm. He will continue to serve as a member of Avison Young’s global executive committee. Over his career, he has brokered more than 10 million square feet of industrial and office space, and has sold more than $1 billion worth of investment properties.

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In the real estate law world, Grant Alexander was hired as labor and employment partner at Allen Matkins. Alexander, who will be based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, has experience working on a variety of employment litigation cases, including discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination matters. Allen Matkins ranked second on The Real Deal’s ranking of top L.A. law firms last year with 45 L.A. County real estate lawyers and 185 lawyers globally.