Real Estate Litigation

Our real estate litigation group handles the full range of disputes that may arise involving commercial real property. We have successfully resolved, through victory at trial, arbitration award, or favorable settlement, many diverse disputes arising out of real estate purchase agreements, including actions seeking money damages and actions to compel contract performance. We have litigated many disputes involving real property purchase options and leases in which control over real property was at stake. We have handled innumerable commercial lease disputes, including some of the most significant and technical lease disputes that have arisen in California in recent years.

In addition to sale agreements and commercial leases, we handle land use issues, such as zoning, development entitlements, permits and related litigation; disputes with or among real estate brokers; disputes involving escrow agreements and title insurance policies; disputes between secured creditors and property owners or among creditors; and claims for damage to real property, including damage caused by earthquake or subsidence. We also have attorneys with highly specialized expertise in related issues of property and liability insurance coverage, and in construction disputes.

Our real estate litigation group features experienced trial attorneys who represent developers, building owners, public entities and tenants ranging from large law firms to significant retail establishments. Our approach to real estate disputes is focused on the client’s purposes in entering into the underlying transaction and we strive to litigate efficiently and to deliver value for litigation dollars expended. Our real estate litigation attorneys work closely with our Real Estate Department, whose attorneys have extensive experience in leasing transactions, corporate facilities, financing and workouts and retail and restaurant transactions. Because many real estate agreements and commercial leases contain arbitration provisions, our real estate litigators are experienced in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

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