Belvedere Tiburon, California Real Estate Lawyers

Michael S. Biggs
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California Real Estate Law Lawyer with 13 years experience

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawCalifornia
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Jin H. Kim
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Exceptional Real Estate Law Attorney! Protecting Your Rights & Interests!

I am an experienced and dedicated California real estate attorney. I provide diligent and aggressive advocacy focused on the best possible outcome! Visit my website for legal information or call for a consultation.
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David T. Chapman
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California Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience

The Law Office of David T. Chapman handles personal injury law, real estate and business counseling, and general litigation and appeals in state and federal courts. Mr. Chapman is a Certified Mediator.... Read More »
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George W. Wolff Esq.
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California Real Estate Law Attorney with 45 years experience

University of California Hastings College of the Law and Northwestern University School of LawIllinois, 7th Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, U.S. District Court, Southern District of...
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Tiburon, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(415) 789-8938 1 Blackfield Dr
Tiburon, CA 94920
Real Estate, Antitrust, Business and Entertainment & Sports
UC Hastings COL
Tiburon, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(415) 435-5500 55 Main St
Tiburon, CA 94920
Real Estate, Business and Medical Malpractice
California Western School of Law
Tiburon, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(415) 789-8938 1 Blackfield Dr
Tiburon, CA 94920
Real Estate, Antitrust, Business and Entertainment & Sports
UC Hastings COL
Gerald Barry Dorfman
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Mill Valley, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(415) 389-9590 PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Real Estate, Business, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
UC Hastings COL
I am responsible for all matters handled by my office. Paralegals, law clerks and associates may be utilized in appropriate situations, but the buck stops with me. Intentionally remaining small has enabled me to continue to provide unparalleled personal attention and confidentiality. My clients are the reason I am here, and I work hard for the best results possible. I am honored by the trust placed in me, and strive to maintain it at the highest level. You are entitled to understand the law applicable to your matter and the options available, as well as my best advice. I have...
Mary Anne Keshen
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Mill Valley, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(310) 859-4633 764 Bay Rd
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Real Estate and Business
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 510-3916 One Embarcadero Center
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Business, Criminal and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Offering intense, highly intelligent, and very attentive legal representation to individual and business clients throughout California, New York, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and Washington State in the following areas of law:

(1) BUSINESS & CONTRACTS: Breach of Contract, Fraud, Legal Compliance, Partnership Matters, Investments, Intellectual Property, Leases, Foreclosures

(2) CRIMINAL DEFENSE: Felony, Misdemeanors, Juvenile Matters, Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, White Collar, Criminal Appeals

(3) DIVORCE & CUSTODY: High Conflict Divorce, Custody & Visitation, Restraining Orders, Kidnapping & Abduction, Collaborative Law and Mediation, Property Division

(4) EDUCATION LAW: Academic Discipline, Grade Disputes, Fee Disputes, Special Education, Teacher Contracts, Bullying, School Campus Crimes, Academic Freedom, School Misconduct,...
(800) 510-3916 276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 704
New York, NY 10001
(800) 510-3916 555 West Fifth Street
31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(800) 510-3916 100 Cambridge Street
14th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
(800) 510-3916 177 Park Avenue
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
(800) 510-3916 505 14th Street
Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
(800) 510-3916 1420 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101
Ernest Christopher Brown
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(800) 832-6946 244 California St.
Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Construction and Environmental
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Ernest C. Brown, ESQ, PE is highly experienced in construction contracts, negotiation, claims preparation, construction litigation, mechanic’s liens, bid protests, public works law and insurance coverage. He has resolved more than 2,500 construction disputes, including complex mediations, arbitrations, litigation, court trials, jury trials, DRB's and other innovative ADR approaches. He is a graduate of MIT in Civil and Environmental Engineering and earned a MS Construction Management and JD from the University of California, Berkeley. He also did graduate coursework at Harvard Law School in International Law. He is a senior construction lawyer and licensed civil engineer. Mr. Brown has...
Hanlen J. Chang
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(415) 757-3422 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and International
Southwestern University School of Law
Hanlen J. Chang provides legal services in Business Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning, and International Tax matters. He was recognized as a Super Lawyers rising star in 2015. Prior to establishing his own practice Hanlen was a research attorney at the San Mateo County Superior Court Probate Department. He has also worked for several Southern California and Bay Area law firms as a litigation attorney representing business owners and professionals . Hanlen grew up in Bubendorf, Switzerland and attended...
(415) 757-3422 201 Spear Street, Ste 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Eric L. Toscano
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(888) 235-8582 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-4128
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Consumer, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
University of California, Davis, School of Law
I am a San Francisco-based trial lawyer passionate about representing tenants in disputes with landlords and individuals who have been injured. I am a founding partner at Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP, where I pursue claims against landlords arising out of illegal evictions from rent-controlled apartments, tenant harassment, defective conditions and repair issues, rodent and other pest infestations, and floods. I also counsel tenants about their rights under federal, state, and local laws, particularly the San Francisco Rent Ordinance and the Oakland Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance, and negotiate buyouts for tenants interested in relocating from their...
David T. Chapman
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San Rafael, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(415) 613-9483 950 Northgate Drive
Suite 307
San Rafael, CA 94903
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Appeals, Business and Personal Injury
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
The Law Office of David T. Chapman handles personal injury law, real estate and business counseling, and general litigation and appeals in state and federal courts. Mr. Chapman is a Certified Mediator. The firm serves clients throughout Marin County, the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and Northern California. Mr. Chapman represents seriously injured victims in cases involving auto accidents, wrongful death, catastrophic injury – including brain and spine injuries - dog bites, slip & fall, medical malpractice, and elder abuse. Mr. Chapman’s real estate practice handles cases involving nondisclosure, fraud, easement and boundary issues, HOA &...
Marc Cooper Haber
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Dedicated & Successful Real Estate Law Attorney! Exceptional Representation!

I am an experienced and knowledgeable real estate law attorney. I will work tirelessly to advocate for your interests in real estate law matters! Visit my website for settlements and verdicts. Call for a consultation.
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Sidney Alex Luscutoff
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California Real Estate Law Lawyer with 37 years experience

University of California Hastings College of the LawCalifornia, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, U.S. District Court, Southern District of...
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Paul DeAngelis
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(415) 781-0260 534 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Free ConsultationReal Estate and Business
Boston University
Paul DeAngelis practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. He concentrates on real estate matters, including litigating buyer and seller disputes arising from transactions, neighbor and HOA disputes, and broker defense issues. He also provides transaction and counseling services to buyers and sellers, to property owners to resolve neighbor and HOA disputes, and to brokers and agents regarding risk management and BRE compliance issues. The information in this profile and any reviews or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal representation. It is a communication within Rules of Professional Conduct of...
George W. Wolff Esq.
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(415) 788-1881 505 Sansome St
Suite 1525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Construction
University of California Hastings College of the Law and Northwestern University School of Law
Moustafa Harfoush
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(415) 745-3035 100 Pine Street, Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA 94117
Real Estate, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
University of San Francisco School of Law and University of Alexandria School of Law
Mr. Harfoush is an active member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. His legal career spans over two decades. Most recently, he worked for Wells Fargo Bank Securities Division on multiple projects related to Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was passed in response to the 2008 mortgage crises. Previously, he worked at one of the nation’s largest real estate law firms. He worked on complex issues including judicial and non-judicial foreclosure, HOA and mechanic’s liens, title claims, boundary issues, transfer of title, reformation actions...
Drexel Andrew Bradshaw
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(415) 433-4800 1388 Sutter Street
Suite 920
San Francisco, CA 94109
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Divorce and IP
St. Thomas University
John T. Kontrabecki
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(415) 416-6860 PO Box 29263
San Francisco, CA 94129
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Construction and Landlord Tenant
Cornell University
Accomplished attorney and financier with over 30 years of experience advising companies in commercial real estate transactions, including legal entity formation, joint ventures, property acquisitions and sales, due diligence, land use planning and entitlements, secured and unsecured financing, construction contracts, litigation and arbitration.

Transaction oriented with significant experience in a wide range of commercial contracts, including reviewing, drafting and negotiating joint venture agreements, development agreements, construction contracts, public utility agreements (including service design, installation and power purchase), vendor agreements, service contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, real estate leases, secured and unsecured financing loan agreements, etc. Adept at working collaboratively and...
Michael S. Biggs
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San Rafael, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(415) 789-5823 1050 Northgate Dr
#510
San Rafael, CA 94903
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Karl Olson
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(415) 409-8904 100 Pine Street
Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Environmental, Products Liability and Trademarks
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Eric Tsai
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(415) 529-7654 71 Stevenson Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105
Real Estate, Business, Consumer and Insurance Defense
University of San Diego School of Law, California Western School of Law and University of California - Irvine
Experienced in representing depository and non-depository mortgage lenders and servicers, mortgage loan investors, foreclosure trustees, financial asset buyers and sellers, and other financial services providers. My practice focuses primarily on defending clients in individual and class action lawsuits filed under various state and federal laws, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Truth-in-Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Admitted to practice in California, Oregon, and Nevada. Licensed California Real Estate Broker.
Jacob Harker
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(415) 624-7602 582 Market, Suite 1007
San Francisco, CA 94104
Real Estate, Business, Criminal and Family
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Jacob Harker is a San Francisco Bay Area attorney. Mr. Harker has set up and run his law practice in a cost-effective and practical manner. He has done so in an effort to pass on the savings to his clients. As an attorney, Mr. Harker sees his practice as taking the lead in a new era of legal services.
Michael Lee Mau
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(415) 495-8082 950 Harrison St., Ste. 213
San Francisco, CA 94107-1078
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Antitrust, Business and Insurance Claims
Santa Clara University School of Law and University of California - Santa Barbara
Our managing attorney Michael L. Mau, Esq. has gained extensive experience as a trial lawyer and advocate for our clients. He has extensive experience in the areas of Construction Law, Real Property and Commercial Litigation, Collections, Business Counseling and Insurance / Surety Defense. He has experience handling cases at all stages of litigation, but unlike many he has successful courtroom trial experience. Initially he worked and gained a wide variety of experience as an Independent Contract Attorney. He then practiced for five plus years with Simpson, Aherne & Garrity, P.C., a construction law firm with offices in San Mateo and...
Carl E. Kadlic
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California Real Estate Law Lawyer with 21 years experience

University of San FranciscoCalifornia
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David M. Helbraun
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California Real Estate Law Attorney with 31 years experience

University of California - Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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Sidney Alex Luscutoff
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(415) 989-7500 601 Montgomery St
#1088
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Miriam Montesinos
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(415) 774-2980 Four Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate
Len Watkins
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Richmond, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(510) 237-6916 125 Park Place
Suite 210
Richmond, CA 94801
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Antitrust, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Defense
University of San Francisco School of Law
A resident of Oakland, Len spent much of his legal career with prestigious, top-ranked, San Francisco law firms. Mr. Watkins brings the same level of expertise, and standard of excellence, to his practice in the East Bay. Focusing on consumer bankruptcy and business law, Mr. Watkins’ depth of experience and training include: A Masters of Business Administration, concentrating on finance, from the University of California, at Davis A stock brokerage license (inactive) from the National Association of Securities Dealers A California Real Estate Broker’s license Previous Experience Business Attorney Norris & Norris (now...
(510) 788-0675 1900 Powell Street
Suite 840
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 788-0040 1300 Clay Street
Room 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Isaac Jacobson
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
605 Market Street
Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Real Estate and Landlord Tenant
Santa Clara University School of Law
Isaac Jacobson is an accomplished trial attorney and an unwavering advocate for his clients. As an associate attorney at McLaughlin Sanchez, Isaac represents landlords in eviction actions, including cases in both eviction-controlled and non-eviction controlled jurisdictions around the San Francisco Bay Area. He has extensive experience representing landlords in unlawful detainer trials, rent board arbitrations, and negotiation “cash-for-keys” buyout agreements on behalf of landlords. Isaac also represents property owners involved in disputes with their neighbors, issues relating to Homeowners Associations, and complications arising from the buying and selling of real property.
Douglas G. Murken
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(415) 749-5900 2135 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Real Estate, Business, Personal Injury and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law
Jean-Yves Pierre Lendormy
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(415) 989-7500 601 Montgomery St
#1088
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Business, Immigration and Personal Injury
University of San Francisco School of Law
Eric Sternberger
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San Rafael, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(415) 453-9433 1101 Fifth Avenue, Suite 100
San Rafael, CA 94901
Real Estate, Business, IP and International
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Eric Sternberger is a partner of Ragghianti Freitas LLP. Mr. Sternberger acts as outside general counsel to corporations, LLC's and partnerships with an emphasis on business and corporate transactions including entity selection, succession planning, joint ventures, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, buy-sell agreements, secured financing, licensing, and real estate matters. His representative clients include technology and intellectual property driven companies, shipping, construction, advertising/branding, web based, and the real estate and healthcare industries. Mr. Sternberger's business counseling also includes advising directors, officers, and managers regarding business strategies, consensus building and corporate governance. Additionally, he advises shareholders and LLC interest holders regarding...
John Ward Schilt
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Larkspur, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
700 Landing Circle
Suite 199
Larkspur, CA 94939
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Construction, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Alan William Sparer
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(415) 217-7300 100 Pine St
33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Business, Environmental and Health Care
Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hector Jose Chinchilla
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(415) 647-8832 2595 Mission St
Suite 202-204
San Francisco, CA 94110
Real Estate, Business and Immigration
UC Hastings COL
Douglas G. Murken
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California Real Estate Law Lawyer with 39 years experience

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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David Michael Syme
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(415) 409-8049 388 Market St.
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94114
Real Estate, Business and Securities
University of San Francisco School of Law
Lauren Bolfango
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(415) 946-4015 201 Spear Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Free ConsultationReal Estate and Construction
University of California Hastings College of the Law and University of Wisconsin - Madison
Carl E. Kadlic
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(415) 982-4000 44 Montgomery St
#3340
San Francisco, CA 94104
Real Estate, Business, Civil Rights and IP
University of San Francisco
Mr. Brian Carideo
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(415) 300-0718 870 Market Street, Suite 713
San Francisco, CA 94121
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
University of San Francisco
My firm focuses on three areas: business, real estate and estate planning. As the head of the business law practice area I counsel clients on available courses of action concerning entity formation and other business matters as well as the drafting and review of contracts and other agreements. As a small business owner myself, I understand the concerns faced every day by owners and operators of businesses. In the area of real estate I have litigated matters such as landlord/tenant disputes and property management issues. In my estate planning practice I focus mainly on the preparation...
Terrance James Evans
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(415) 957-3130 One Market Plaza, Spear Tower
Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105
Real Estate, Antitrust, Appeals and Arbitration & Mediation
Loyola University School of Law
Terrance J. Evans is a partner in the Trial Practice Group of Duane Morris in San Francisco. He concentrates his practice in representing the financial services industry, which includes international, national and community banks; loan service companies; and insurance companies. During his career, Mr. Evans has both recovered and saved clients of the firm tens of millions of dollars in settlements, judgments and extrajudicial procedures. With respect to the insurance industry, Mr. Evans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and policy interpretation and analysis. He has represented commercial primary, excess and umbrella insurers in a wide range of multimillion-dollar cases,...
Geoffrey Laurence Robinson
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(925) 975-5335 Three Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Appeals and Business
University of Virginia School of Law and Hastings College of the Law
Vadim R. Alden
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(415) 547-0501 101 California Street
Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Employment
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Vadim Alden is an experienced and skilled attorney specializing in litigation, business transactions, and employment law. Vadim represents a broad spectrum of clients in state and federal courts in contractual and employment disputes, personal injury, construction, and collection matters. In addition to his proven litigation experience, Vadim also practices in the area of corporate and business transactions. He serves as general counsel to several established and emerging companies in the Bay Area. For these companies, Vadim provides legal counsel in the areas of business entity creation, contract negotiation and formation, executive compensation, employment and labor law, intellectual property and general risk...
Igor S. Kayton
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(415) 951-1980 140 Geary St.
7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Real Estate, Business and Consumer
San Francisco Law Sch
Marc Cooper Haber
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(415) 217-7300 100 Pine St
33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Business, Securities and Stockbroker Fraud
University of California, Berkeley School of Law and University of California - Berkeley
Kevin M. Sullivan
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(415) 860-2170 351 California St. Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Construction, Legal Malpractice and Personal Injury
University of San Francisco School of Law
Mr. Sullivan Has Been Certified by the State Bar of California as Specialist In Legal Malpractice. Mr. Sullivan is one of the small minority of Certified Specialists focusing on representing clients, rather than defending attorneys.

Mr. Sullivan has over thirty years practicing in the field of Legal Malpractice. He has taught continuing education classes and testified as an Expert Witness in the Superior Court in legal malpractice cases.

Mr. Sullivan's practice also includes other aspects of attorney-client disputes, including professional negligence , breach of fiduciary duty, fee disputes, and other attorney misconduct.

In addition, Mr. Sullivan handles and litigates...
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Real estate refers to land, as well as anything permanently attached to the land, such as buildings and other structures, and covers more than just the drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of property. Both federal and state laws regulate real estate transactions. The Federal Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on account of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Many states have enacted similar legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics.

Attorneys in this field may handle leasing issues, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings and homeowner association (HOA) problems. Other matters within this practice area include title disputes, mortgages, covenants, easements, and equitable servitudes. Many real estate issues can affect both commercial and individual renters and landlords. Real estate lawyers who represent commercial interests may also focus on land use, zoning, environmental law, or eminent domain issues.

Some states provide a certification for lawyers who have demonstrated experience and competency in the practice of real estate law. These attorneys must meet certain educational, experience, and examination requirements to receive the certification as a specialist.


Deed: The legal document that transfers the ownership of real property from one party to another.

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