Practicing in the areas of real estate, eminent domain and construction law and litigation, I represent clients throughout the state of California. I will solve your legal problems in a way that makes economic sense. Practice Areas Condemnation/Eminent Domain Are you a property owner whose land is being condemned, or taken, by a governmental body? You have rights in these proceedings, and I can help you protect those rights...Read more
Practicing in the areas of real estate, eminent domain and construction law and litigation, I represent clients throughout the state of California. I will solve your legal problems in a way that makes economic sense.
Are you a property owner whose land is being condemned, or taken, by a governmental body? You have rights in these proceedings, and I can help you protect those rights.
While it's true that state, local, and federal governments may take your property for a public purpose, both the California and the United States Constitutions require that fair compensation be paid for property taken.
I can help you maximize your recovery in condemnation proceedings. I will:
- Help you to obtain an appraisal and determine just compensation.
- Assist with the pre-condemnation offer.
- Negotiate with the condemnor.
- Defend you in court and protect your rights upon filing of a lawsuit.
Prior to opening my practice, I was Managing Attorney of the claims and legal departments at an insurance company. I authored the chapter on contractor's license bonds in Model Jury Instructions for Surety Cases, published by the Tort and Insurance Section of the American Bar Association.
I look for creative ways to solve my clients' problems, and I look for solutions that are cost-effective. I have handled a number of trials in courts throughout California.
I handle disputes arising out of commercial and residential construction, as well as disputes arising out of public works projects. I represent clients in mediations and arbitrations, as well as in trials and appeals.
I have represented many clients in disputes arising out of construction transactions, including, but not limited to:
- Mechanics' liens
- Stop notices
- Performance bonds
- Payment bonds
- License bonds
- Release bonds
- Bid bonds
- Bid protests
I also represent contractors and subcontractors in administrative matters before the Contractors State License Board; including matters that concern:
- License Denials
- General licensing issues
I have experience in real estate litigation, from the initiation of the action, to the final disposition. I also assist clients in negotiating settlements and alternative resolutions to disputes, such as through mediation. As it is in all of my practice areas, providing optimum service to my clients is the goal. I give each matter my personal attention, keep my clients informed, and always keep my clients' interests and goals at the forefront.
I represent property owners in many types of real estate matters, including, but not limited to:
- Boundary disputes and easements
- Purchaser/Seller disputes
- Partition actions
- Lis Pendens
- Nuisance and trespass
- Trees and encroachments
Listed, Southern California Super Lawyer, Los Angeles Magazine, 2006. Published Works: Model Jury Instructions for Surety Cases, Chapter 5, Contractors License Bonds, American Bar Association, 2000; In-House Insight, Corporate Counsel Update Section of California Law Business, Supplement to the Los Angeles Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal, June 26, 1995. Panelist, Model Jury Instructions for Surety Cases, ABA Conference in New York City, 2000; Co-Speaker, Handling Miscellaneous Bond Claims, Western States Surety Conference, 1998.
Co-speaker, Handling Miscellaneous Bond Claims, Western States Surety Conference, 1998
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