Our real estate lawyers provide versatile legal services for a diverse array of clients, handling all forms of transactions and litigation. We bring not only expertise, but also an understanding of our clients' specific needs, with a reputation for both effective advocacy and practical deal making.
Our clients range from individuals to large corporations, both locally and nationally. They include financial institutions, investors, developers, buyers, sellers, owners, managers, landlords and tenants. We serve as counsel to many major industry participants, such as investor/developers, senior and health care providers, shopping centers and public agencies.
As a multiservice firm, we handle every aspect of a property transaction, from financing and development to environmental and construction issues, property management, and dispositions. Our vast experience representing local and state entities enables us to navigate laws and regulations in a manner that best serves our clients.
Entity Formation and Tax Counseling
We assist clients in forming corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and single purpose and bankruptcy remote entities. We implement common interest and cooperative ownership housing arrangements.
Land Use and Development
We help developers obtain the necessary entitlements and other regulatory approvals and are adept at fashioning pragmatic solutions when issues arise. Our areas of expertise include NEPA/CEQA compliance, general plan, zoning and map approvals, development agreements, transit related developments, land use disputes and LAFCO annexations.
Lending and Project Finance
We negotiate purchase money loans, construction loans, “mini-perm” and permanent take-out financing and other institutional lending arrangements. We also structure equity financing joint ventures and hybrid equity/mezzanine financing undertakings. Our clients include lenders in general real estate transactional matters – including commercial and retail leasing – as well as nonprofits and public sector entities.
Property Acquisition and Sales
We complete complex real estate transactions, negotiating letters of intent, purchase agreements and other transaction documents. We assist with assessing and performing property inspections, environmental, title and other necessary due diligence, and our tax specialists assist our clients with tax-free exchanges and other tax-driven transactions.
Leasing and Lease Litigation
We represent owners and managers of commercial real estate in all aspects of landlord-tenant relationships and lease litigation. We also advise them on day-to-day property management issues. We handle lease litigation for a variety of commercial developers and shopping centers, and also represent commercial landlords and shopping centers in tenant bankruptcies locally and nationwide.
We provide coordination and analysis of Phase I and Phase II site assessments, and negotiate indemnity and remediation arrangements. We defend landowners against environmental claims and negotiate pragmatic remediation solutions with regulatory authorities, and we offer particular expertise in brownfields development and redevelopment incentive programs.
Construction Issues and Disputes
We offer a full array of construction law related services to developers, including contract preparation, project management, mechanic's liens, delay claims and construction defect disputes.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
We handle all types of property related disputes, including purchase and sale transactions and breach of lease and other landlord-tenant conflicts. We also deal with issues over lender and financing, title, broker and agency, escrow and co-owner conflicts. In disagreements of land use, we have experience in zoning and use permit issues, boundary disputes, condemnation, easement and license disputes and premises liability matters. In addition to our extensive trial experience, we are also experts in resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration and legislative or administrative action.
News & Resources
California Court Decision Creates Uncertainty as to the Ownership of Aggregate Resources on Land Subject to General Mineral Reservations
The recent California Court of Appeals decision in Vulcan Lands Inc. et al. v. Victoria Older Currier et al. 2023 WL 8821307 challenges the long-standing interpretation of mineral rights in land deeds. Contrary to the Bambauer v. Menjoulet (1963) 214 Cal.App.2d 871 precedent, which excluded sand and gravel from general mineral reservations, the Vulcan decision recognizes these aggregates as "minerals" included in such reservations. This shift in legal interpretation impacts landowners and aggregate mining companies in California, introducing uncertainty in land use rights and potential legal disputes regarding the ownership and mining of aggregate resources.
Among the 50-plus housing bills enacted in California in 2023, three bills extending SB 35, allowing housing on lands owned by religious and educational institutions, and imposing CEQA reform, may be the most consequential.
Senate Bill 747 and Assembly Bill 480 provide much-needed clarification and increased flexibility for public agencies disposing of surplus property.
Ninth Circuit finds commercial landlord has standing to sue for alleged impairment of his contractual rights by LA County’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium.
On July 10, 2023, California enacted the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, to conserve the Western Joshua Tree and allow for streamlined take authorization.
Measure GS, commonly referred to as the "Funding for Homelessness Prevention, Affordable Housing, and Schools" initiative, was proposed in response to the rise in homelessness in Santa Monica and became effective March 1.
City of Los Angeles to implement new ULA Measure aimed at taxing high valued real estate to help combat homelessness
New State Guidelines Clarify When Leases of Local Agency-Owned Land are Subject to the Surplus Land Act
Cupertino Vallco Mall Project clears major hurdle thanks to California court's denial of writ of mandate petition from anti-housing group.
London Breed extends eviction moratorium through executive order, recognizing that the ongoing public health crisis arising from COVID-19 and the economic impacts it has caused.