El Cerrito, California Real Estate Lawyers

Paige Simmons Esq.
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Helping property owners and stakeholders maximize their real estate investments.

Paige Simmons helps landlords, property owners, developers, and other financial stakeholders protect their real estate investment and defend it with litigation when necessary.
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James G.  Schwartz
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California Real Estate Law Attorney with 42 years experience

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawCalifornia and U.S. Federal Court
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El Cerrito, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(510) 525-4119 1190 Richmond St
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Real Estate, Business and Personal Injury
U of San Francisco School of Law
El Cerrito, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(510) 528-0855 820 Arlington Blvd
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Real Estate
U of San Francisco School of Law
El Cerrito, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(510) 289-0940 2704 Tulare Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Real Estate and Business
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Edward Lewis Blum
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Berkley, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(510) 452-4400 1600 Shattuck Ave Ste 225
Berkley, CA 94709
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
University of California, Davis, School of Law
45 years experience as litigation and business counsel; 20 years experience as court appointed and private mediator of business and real estate disputes; Martindale AV-rated; SuperLawyers
Doris Mitchell
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Albany, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(510) 525-8282 1320 Solano Ave., #203
Albany, CA 94706
Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate
Golden Gate University School of Law and University of San Francisco School of Law
Maeve Katherine Bergman
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Berkeley, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(510) 704-9200 2721 Shattuck Avenue
No. 223
Berkeley, CA 94705
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law and University of San Francisco School of Law
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
David L. Roth
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(510) 482-6600 1425 Leimert Blvd, Suite 405
Oakland, CA 94602
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Stockbroker Fraud
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Real Estate Law Offices of David L. Roth. Highest rating AV by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Co-author, Chap. 10, California Easements And Boundaries: Law And Litigation (CEB). Author, Chap. 1, "Easements," Neighbor Disputes: Law & Litigation (CEB) Practice areas include: Commercial Landlord/Tenant; Boundary and Easement Disputes; Title, Partition, Quiet Title, Adverse Possession, Prescriptive Easements; Construction Defect and Mechanics Lien lawsuits; Premises Liability and Injuries; Purchase/Sale Transactions and Litigation; Deeds of Trust; Real Estate Fraud.
Greg Hartman
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(510) 227-5325 1300 Clay St.
Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy and Business
Santa Clara University School of Law
Gregory S. Hartman is an attorney, CPA, and Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (credential pending). Mr. Hartman's practice involves representing both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. He has expertise in chapter 11 businesses reorganization. Prior to starting Hartman Bankruptcy Law, Mr. Hartman represented secured creditors and trustees in bankruptcy cases. Mr. Hartman also worked for the United States Trustee's Office where he worked in an oversight role of chapter 11 cases and trustee administration. Mr. Hartman is a long-time resident of the Bay Area, living in the East Bay with his wife...
Martin Ross Sances
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Lafayette, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(925) 284-2810 3736 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Suite 300
Lafayette, CA 94549
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Insurance Claims
Univ of Wisconsin Law School
Areas of Expertise

Business advice and counseling
Contract drafting and review
Corporate structure and transactions
Licensing and regulation
Employment and labor negotiation
Insurance coverage and claims handling
Education

B.A., Colgate University, 1991
Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1994

Martin is an experienced business attorney who facilitates transactions while minimizing the risks and pitfalls facing his clients. Martin takes a “can-do” approach to legal problems that focuses on crafting deals through an integrative and value creating process rather than conflict.
Ruben Sundeen
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California Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience

University of California, Berkeley School of LawCalifornia
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Ruben Sundeen
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(510) 663-9240 428 13th St
8th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
John Ward Schilt
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Point Richmond, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(510) 234-2808 145 Park Place
Suite A
Point Richmond, CA 94801
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Construction, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Derek M. Wagley
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Lafayette, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(925) 283-2500 3433 Golden Gate Way, Suite B
Lafayette, CA 94549
Free ConsultationReal Estate and Estate Planning
John F. Kennedy University
Robert Ian Levy
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Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(925) 708-3306 540 Lennon Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Real Estate and Business
Tulane Univ Law School
John Erik Fraker
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(800) 775-7612 70 Washington Street
Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Golden Gate University School of Law and University of Southern California Gould School of Law
John Erik Fraker is the chair of the Charitable Planning & Philanthropy Practice Group for Ainer & Fraker, LLP. Specializing in high net-worth estate planning, philanthropy, and asset protection, John excels at providing sophisticated financial solutions and advanced charitable techniques that help individuals reduce taxes, provide a lasting legacy, and strengthen the familyâs core identity. Prior to co-founding Ainer & Fraker, LLP in 2002, John handled the investment and insurance needs of high net worth families as a fee-only financial planner in the affluent Brentwood Santa Monica area of Los Angeles. Additionally, he worked as Business Development Officer for the...
(800) 775-7612 14500 Big Basin Way
Suite K
Saratoga, CA 95070
William Conrad Vencill
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Lafayette, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(925) 946-9700 3445 Golden Gate Way
Lafayette, CA 94549
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Construction
UC Hastings COL
Leon Henderson Rountree III
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(510) 343-6299 317 Washington Street
Suite 214
Oakland, CA 94607
Real Estate, Business, Employment and Landlord Tenant
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Timothy Alan Larsen
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(510) 238-9333 717 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Real Estate and Landlord Tenant
Willamette Univ COL
Ben Irwin Hamburg
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Berkeley, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(510) 985-2600 2625 Alcatraz Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Construction
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Ben Hamburg provides mediation services to parties seeking to resolve their disputes without the risk inherent in proceeding through trial, and additionally provides services as an arbitrator. Ben has had significant success in resolving some of the most difficult cases utilizing creative solutions. Ben also represents parties in litigation and transactional matters.
Garrett Francis Riegg
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(510) 535-2555 1946 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Estate Planning and Probate
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
I have worked in a dozen fields of law over my career of 44 years. Mostly I was a business trial lawyer, but now I only advise and handle transactions: no trials. I am semiretired but come to the office most days.
Dana Sack
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(510) 286-2200 One Kaiser Plaza
Suite 1015
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate, Business and Insurance Defense
UC Hastings COL
Sheryl Alyce Traum
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(510) 992-4684 1901 Harrison, Suite 1100
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate and Personal Injury
UC Hastings COL
Jeffrey Alan Leon
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney
(510) 208-6600 1970 Broadway
Suite 1250
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate
David Louis Roth
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer
1425 Leimert Blvd., Suite 405
Oakland, CA 94602-1852
Real Estate
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 510-3916 505 14th Street
Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
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 One Embarcadero Center
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
(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 1420 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101
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...
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...
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 &...
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...
Andrew John Chan
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Concord, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(510) 832-7770 2300 Clayton Road, Suite 350
Concord, CA 94520
Real Estate, Construction, IP and Insurance Defense
University of Miami School of Law
Andrew is a senior associate in the Oakland/East Bay office of Ericksen Arbuthnot. He is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters. Andrew has extensive litigation experience representing individual and institutional clients in state and federal court. His areas of practice include insurance coverage and defense, construction defect, product liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, consumer finance, intellectual property, real estate, employment, and other commercial issues.

Andrew has B.A. degrees in Cognitive Science and History, and a minor in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. While...
John Secrest Richards
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Danville, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(925) 231-8104 261 Hartz Avenue
Danville, CA 94526
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business and Landlord Tenant
Golden Gate University School of Law
J.R. Richards' practice focuses on developing long term client relationships representing their interests in both transactional matters and in civil litigation. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants primarily in real estate and business disputes and has successfully litigated cases through dispositive motion, trial and settlement in state and federal courts. J.R. prepares each case to achieve a favorable judgment by trial or before trial, and when in the best interest of the client leverages a favorable settlement. Community Involvement: * Coach/Manager for Pre-K/K softball team the Purple Puppies 2016. * Coach/Manager for the Danville...
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...
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...
Peter Alan Mankin
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Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(925) 935-0300 1211 Newell Ave.
Suite 120
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
University of San Francisco School of Law
Private Practice in real estate and business law for 40 years. Court and private mediator for 25 years. AV Rated and Northern California Super Lawyer.
Jean Claude Bernard Mallein
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Danville, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(925) 905-9050 244 Front Street
Danville, CA 94526
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Jean Claude (JJ) B. Mallein Jr. is an experienced business, tax and trusts and estates attorney. Dedicated to wealth preservation, he has focused his education and practice on helping California residents secure their estates and prepare for the future. As a partner at boutique tax and estate planning firm in the Silicon Valley, Mr. Mallein gained valuable experience in wealth management, estate planning, tax planning, business succession planning, trust and estate administrations, tax controversy, real estate transactions and like-kind exchange cases. He is fully prepared to tackle complex business and estate planning cases. Mr. Mallein is a Dual Certified...
Eric Jeffrey Farber
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(510) 444-2512 333 Hegenberger Road
Suite 504A
Oakland, CA 94621
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Entertainment & Sports and IP
Golden Gate University School of Law
As the founder of the Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center, Oakland attorney Eric Farber represents injured workers across many industries. Mr. Farber has been working as an attorney for over two decades. Before entering the legal field, Mr. Farber worked at the United Talent Agency and Sony Pictures-associated production company Signature Films. On several occasions, he has been selected for inclusion in the list of Northern California Super Lawyers®. He is a graduate of the Golden Gate University School of Law. For a case evaluation, contact the firm today.
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
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
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
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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.

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