Hercules, 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. Read More »
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Joshua D. Brysk
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I am dedicated to providing reliable, effective representation for a diverse range of real estate needs. I work tirelessly for the best possible outcomes! Call for a free consultation, visit my website for information. Read More »
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Hercules, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(510) 964-7378 104 Scotts Vly
Hercules, CA 94547
Real Estate and Employment
Univ of Iowa COL
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...
Dana Louise Dean
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Benicia, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(707) 747-5206 283 East H Street
Benicia, CA 94510
Real Estate and Environmental
John F Kennedy Univ 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
Jason S. Buckingham
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Benicia, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(707) 745-2200 940 Adams Street
Suite S
Benicia, CA 94510
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
John F Kennedy Univ School of Law
Jason S. Buckingham is a California licensed attorney who helps people with estate planning and real estate issues. Mr. Buckingham has worked in some aspect of real estate transactions since 1993, starting with foreclosure issues, with several years focused on commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Buckingham has experience in property analysis, due diligence, title and escrow, acquisitions, entity formation, financing, leasing, and ongoing management issues. Often, real estate and estate planning issues go hand in hand, so Mr. Buckingham has offered estate planning services since 2005. Mr. Buckingham graduated from John F. Kennedy University School of Law, Cum...
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
Edward Lewis Blum
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Berkley, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 47 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
Venus Viloria Berdan
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Benicia, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(707) 747-5206 Law Offices of Dana Dean
Benicia, CA 94510
Real Estate
UCLA School of Law
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
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Criminal and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
"The comfort I found in trusting my trial outcome to Ali was reinforced with every interaction. He was brilliant in the courtroom, assuming control and extracting the real truth from those who absolutely did not want to give it. He is alive and passionate and at all times I felt that the case was every bit as important to him as it was to me. With Ali, I won my case on every single issue and every single point. ... He is my lawyer for life! Do yourself the favor of getting to know him."
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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...
Ernest Christopher Brown
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 41 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...
Eric L. Toscano
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 9 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...
Andrew John Chan
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Concord, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 10 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...
Peter Alan Mankin
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Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 43 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.
Jacob Harker
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 10 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.
Mr. Matthew J. Tuller
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(415) 625-0773 275 Battery Street
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-3372
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law
We provide full-service solutions for San Francisco Bay Area families, professional or retired individuals, and business owners in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Health Care Directives, and Powers of Attorney.
Theodore W. Bloyd
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San Rafael, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(415) 846-8852 727 Butternut Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Arbitration & Mediation
University of San Francisco School of Law
Mediation of residential construction and real estate issues at a reasonable cost .
George W. Wolff Esq.
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 46 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
Gerald Barry Dorfman
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Mill Valley, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 36 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...
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 306
San Rafael, CA 94903
Real Estate, Appeals, Business and Personal Injury
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Chapman Law Group, A.P.C. handles personal injury law, real estate and business counseling, and general litigation and appeals in state and federal courts. Attorney David 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 & landlord /...
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...
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...
Moustafa Harfoush
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 25 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...
Paul DeAngelis
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 21 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...
Michael Lee Mau
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 26 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...
Howard Elliot Kane
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Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(510) 292-0193 2950 Buskirk Avenue, Ste. 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
UC Hastings COL
1983-1987 UCLA, B.A. History
1987-1990 UC Hastings College of the Law, Juris Doctor

Law Offices of Howard E. Kane 1990-present
Offices in Alameda & Walnut Creek

Timothy Craig Williams
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Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(925) 933-9800 1850 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 340
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Construction and IP
Pepperdine University School of Law
Mr. Williams is the founder of The Williams Firm and has over 21 years of extensive experience in the areas of real estate, construction, business and corporate law. Mr. Williams' practice areas include all aspects of civil litigation and dispute resolution in all courts, government hearings, arbitrations and mediations in the areas of real estate, construction and business law. Mr. Williams also represents and advises clients in business transactions, corporate law, real property transactions, and trademark law. In real estate matters he has represented owners and developers of residential and commercial properties, including multi-million dollar properties, negotiated sales...
Greg Hartman
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 11 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...
David L. Roth
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 40 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.
Drexel Andrew Bradshaw
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(415) 433-4800 1388 Sutter Street
Suite 920
San Francisco, CA 94109
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Divorce and IP
St. Thomas University
Karl Olson
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 37 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
Sidney Alex Luscutoff
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 38 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
David M. Helbraun
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(415) 982-4000 44 Montgomery St
#3340
San Francisco, CA 94104
Real Estate, Business, Civil Rights and IP
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Sydney Elise Fairbairn
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Novato, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(415) 883-2199 269 Posada del Sol
Novato, CA 94949
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Construction and Landlord Tenant
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
I am a Marin County raised person having attended Terra Linda High School, UC Berkeley and Golden Gate University Law school. I love working with the people of Marin County and am very acquainted with the court system here. Please call for a free consultation. If I cannot help you I will try to find another attorney to help you. Thank you, Sydney.
Jean Claude Bernard Mallein
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Danville, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 12 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...
Carl Edward Kadlic
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Lafayette, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(925) 286-1071 3527 Mt Diablo Blvd # 112
Lafayette, CA 94549
Real Estate, Business, Civil Rights and IP
University of San Francisco
Marc Cooper Haber
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 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
Eric Jeffrey Farber
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 25 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.
Miriam Montesinos
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(415) 774-2980 Four Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Douglas Kershaw Poulin
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Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(925) 933-9800 1850 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 340
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationReal Estate and Construction
Boston College Law School
Mr. Poulin is experienced in the areas of real estate, business, and construction litigation. He has trial experience in both state and Federal court, and has experience in all aspects of dispute resolution. Mr. Poulin has successfully represented clients in broker disputes, foreclosures, neighbor disputes, title insurance coverage, fraud, breach of contract, breach of lease and landlord-tenant issues. Real estate issues include construction defect cases, damages on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers in mechanic's liens, stop notice, payment and performance bond actions. Prior to joining The Williams Firm, Mr. Poulin was an associate at the law...
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