Inside Zelman


Zelman Development Co. is a privately owned commercial real estate development company headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Founded in the early 1960’s our company originally specialized in industrial property development in and around the greater Los Angeles area. Through the years we have expanded these efforts to include suburban office, airport parking facilities, and large format “power” retail shopping centers.


Julius L. Zelman founded The Zelman Development Co. in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. Early on, the company specialized in industrial property development in and around Vernon and the greater Los Angeles area.

The same year that Julius Zelman started the company, he met and developed a relationship with Ben Reiling when Reiling was an industrial broker with R.A. Rowan Company. After completing many industrial projects together in Vernon, Reiling joined Zelman Development Co. in 1973.


Zelman Development Co. has been an active participant in the commercial real estate industry for over 35 years. The real estate industry has gone through many changes and many cycles during this period. Vacancy rates rise and fall, user requirements change, and demographics shift. However, our real business never changes. We combine our skills and business relationships with the requirements of the users, investors, and lenders involved in our projects to create value for all concerned.


Our executive team is comprised of experienced and educated individuals committed to success.

  • Paul T. Casey
    Paul T. CaseyCO-PRESIDENT

    With extensive experience in real estate finance, and project management, Paul Casey is Zelman Development Co. Co – President. Mr. Casey joined Zelman Development Co. in 1989.  Mr. Casey is a graduate of the University of Texas.

    • Brett M. Foy
      Brett M. FoyCO-PRESIDENT

      A former real estate attorney specializing in shopping center development, Brett Foy joined Zelman Development Co. in 1994. Mr Foy is a graduate of Stanford University and UCLA Law School