Santa Monica, California Real Estate Lawyers

Jeffrey T. Myers
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Professional and experienced hospitality attorney, ready to fight for you!

Jeff Myers' represents developers and capital providers in the development, financing, acquisition, and operation of hotels, resorts and other hospitality properties both nationwide and internationally. Read More »
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Bruce Kokozian
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California Real Estate Law Attorney with 21 years experience

The skillful attorneys at Kokozian Law Firm handle litigation arising out of all types of workplace misconduct. We have secured settlements and verdicts in the millions of dollars for employees in Los Angeles County.... Read More »
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Lauren T. McKnight
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California Real Estate Law Attorney

Loyola Law School, Los AngelesCalifornia
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Salar Atrizadeh Esq.
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Attorney
401 Wilshire Blvd
12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Communications
University of Tulsa College of Law
With over 11 years of experience, Salar Atrizadeh, Esq. is licensed to practice law in the State of California, District of Columbia, and the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts. Mr. Atrizadeh has dedicated his practice in learning about day-to-day legal problems and providing solutions to his clients. He is familiar with various areas of the law, including, but not limited to, civil litigation and transactional work. Mr. Atrizadeh is a knowledgeable attorney with sophisticated strategies and records of success to protect client interests. He has extensive experience in law office management and after graduation began his private practice in...
Mark Samuel Adams
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(310) 471-8181 3435 Ocean Park Blvd.
Ste. #107
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Administrative, Construction and Landlord Tenant
Georgetown University Law Center
Receiver Mark Adams pioneered the health and safety receivership remedy in California, becoming the first receiver ever appointed under the California Health and Safety Code. Over the past two decades, Mark remains the most experienced health and safety receiver working in the state. He has been appointed by 130+ different judges (state and federal) to rehabilitate over 220 properties in 34 counties and 100+ cities. Mark has mentored or trained most of the other health and safety receivers operating in California. Mark is a sought after speaker at state and national housing conferences. He submitted an amicus curiae brief in...
Mr. Clarke Logan Young
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(310) 315-9191 1112 Montana Ave
#711
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Real Estate, Divorce and Family
Vermont Law School and Southwestern Law School
CLARKE LOGAN YOUNG Law Offices, based in Santa Monica, California, is a full service family law firm litigating primarily in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. Mr. Young also consults nationally and internationally, and is an expert witness on all aspects of litigating Borderline cases. Mr. Young's high net worth ("HNW") clients are often involved in high conflict child custody and visitation proceedings, including UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act), Hague Convention, and parental kidnapping proceedings. Mr. Young and his team of experts specialize in litigating and winning custody cases against parents who suffer from Borderline Personality...
Avraham Sinai
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(310) 487-2580 1821 Wilshire Blvd
530
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Real Estate and Business
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Our firm specializes in commercial real estate transaction, landlord tenant, and triple net lease negotiation
Robert P. Baker
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer
(424) 252-4731 401 Wilshire Blvd
12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Real Estate, Civil Rights, Construction and Consumer
Harvard Law School
Bruce Michael Lorman
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(310) 451-0049 1717 Fourth Street
Third Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Landlord Tenant
Hastings College of Law
Pamela Ann Wilson
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(310) 650-9565 233 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 700
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Real Estate, Business, Consumer and Employment
Richard Knickerbocker
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 55 years experience
(310) 260-9060 100 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1845
Santa Monica, CA 90401-3605
Real Estate, Appeals, Business and Civil Rights
University of Southern California Gould School of Law and USC Law School
I have had a vast range of experience both in the public and private sector. I was formerly Chief of Civil Litigation for the City or Torrance and ultimately became the City Attorney of Santa Monica with experience in Civil Litigation, Advisory functions and deal making, and Criminal Prosecution. When in private practice I had a broad range of experience wining significant trials and appeals. I have an AV (pierless (5.0) rating, which is the highest possible, and am Certified by the State Bar of California in Appellate Advocacy and the Nation Board of Trial Advocates in Civil Trial Advocacy....
Evelyn Susan Ginossi
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(310) 746-3837 2425 OLYMPIC BLVD.
SUITE 4000W
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Real Estate, Business and Immigration
University of Westminster, London UK and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Joseph Edward Deering Jr
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
(310) 453-1941 725 Arizona Ave Ste 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Real Estate, Elder and Estate Planning
UC Hastings COL
Jonathan S. Forster
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Dedicated & Experienced Real Estate Law Attorney! Attentive & Skilled Counsel!

I am an experienced California real estate law attorney. I am dedicated to providing exceptional advocacy and pursuing the best possible outcomes for my clients! Visit my website for information, call for a consultation. Read More »
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Diane Y. Park
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California Real Estate Law Attorney with 17 years experience

Diane Park specializes in estate and trust administration, as well as estate, trust and conservatorship litigation. In administrative matters, Diane is respectful of her clients’ grief, helping them navigate the many... Read More »
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Johnny Kim
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Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(323) 920-0255 401 Wilshire Blvd.
9th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Real Estate, Business and Collections
Hofstra Univ School of Law
Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(310) 586-7700 2450 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Real Estate
University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(310) 933-5430 929 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Real Estate, Antitrust, Bankruptcy and Construction
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 48 years experience
(310) 586-7700 2450 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Real Estate, Business, Communications and IP
Harvard Law School
Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(310) 586-7811 2450 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Real Estate
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 66 years experience
(310) 586-7888 2450 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Real Estate, Communications and IP
DePaul University College of Law
Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(310) 586-7867 2450 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Real Estate
School of Law
Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(310) 586-6558 2450 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Real Estate, Business, Environmental and International
University of Toronto Faculty of Law and University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(310) 586-7847 2450 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Real Estate and International
University of Chicago Law School
Santa Monica, CA Real Estate Law Attorney
(310) 586-6525 2450 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Real Estate
University of San Diego School of Law and New York University School of Law
Mr. Clarke Logan Young
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Skilled and Successful Real Estate Law Attorney! Protecting Your Interests!

I am an experienced and dedicated real estate law attorney. I provide effective and efficient representation to pursue the outcome you need. Visit my website to see client testimonials and call for a consultation. Read More »
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Richard D. Oppenheim Jr.
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Exceptional Real Estate Law Attorney! My Experience Makes the Difference!

I am a dedicated and skilled real estate lawyer. I am committed to delivering exceptional service and the best possible results for your real estate law needs. Visit my website for case results,call for a consultation. Read More »
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Matthew Swanlund
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(310) 486-6958 12777 W Jefferson Blvd
Building D, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Entertainment & Sports, IP and Trademarks
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Based in Los Angeles, I assist individuals and businesses throughout Southern California and the nation with a diverse range of entertainment law matters, from contract negotiations to intellectual property protection. My clients comprise celebrities, artists, sports figures and performers, along with businesses and government entities. I am committed to offering each of these clients tailored, effective solutions by applying my 15 years of experience at a large law firm to every case. I regularly help my clients negotiate the production, distribution and licensing of their art, motion pictures, software and other products. I also assist creative artists in registering...
Peter Maurice Lively
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Culver City, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(310) 391-2400 11268 Washington Blvd Ste 203
Culver City, CA 90230
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy and Business
University of California - Los Angeles
Law office of Peter M lively helps individuals and businesses resolve financial problems particularly settling debts in obtaining debt relief under the United States Bankruptcy Code as debt relief agents 25 years experience in over 5000 satisfied clients. Mr. Lively obtained his JD MBA from UCLA in 1982 and was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in 2014. Mr. Lively served as President of the Central District of California Consumer Debtors Attorneys Association (cdcbaa) in 2017 after serving on the Board of Directors for the prior 10 years. Mr. Lively regularly lectures to...
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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(800) 510-3916 11400 West Olympic Boulevard
Ste 200
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Real Estate, Business, Divorce and Education
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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Timothy V. Kassouni
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(877) 770-7379 2029 Century Park East
Suite 400N
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Real Estate, Appeals, Business and Construction
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Sacramento attorney Timothy Kassouni founded Kassouni Law on the belief that property rights and personal freedom are intertwined. He passionately considers it his duty and mission to rigorously defend property rights against government and private abuse. Mr. Kassouni has many years of experience litigating against private and public entities at all levels of court, including the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to name a few. His litigation expertise in land use, appeals, business, and property rights law has led to legal victories and the setting...
Zachary David Schorr
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(310) 954-1877 1901 Avenue of the Stars, Ste 615
Suite 1050
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Landlord Tenant and Probate
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Mr. Schorr is a Los Angeles Real Estate Attorney and who manages Schorr Law, APC. Schorr Law is an active real estate litigation firm based in West Los Angeles, California. We represent a wide array of clients, including businesses and high net worth individuals for all of their commercial and residential real estate needs. Our attorneys are uniquely positioned to provide an energetic, results-oriented, system of dispute resolution designed and proven to achieve the end results our clients desire. Litigation experience includes the representation of businesses, property owners, landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers of real estate, residential and...
Joseph Albert Yanny
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(310) 551-2966 1801 Century Park E 24th Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Real Estate, Business, Family and IP
Univ of Dayton School of Law
Joseph A. Yanny was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, and attended college and law school at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Yanny obtained a B.E. in Engineering in 1975 and his J.D. in 1978. Mr. Yanny began practicing as a patent attorney in Chicago, Illinois where he obtained his first million dollar judgment before moving to California in 1980. Prior to founding his own law firm in 1983, Mr. Yanny worked in the aerospace industry in California.

Mr. Yanny is a member of the Chicago, Beverly Hills, South Bay, Los Angeles County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations;...
Glenn Fuller
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(310) 440-4100 1800 Avenue of the Stars
12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Real Estate, Business and Securities
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Glenn Fuller is a partner and business lawyer with Raines Feldman LLP, where his practice centers on a wide array of matters including real estate acquisition, financing, and leasing of a variety of commercial urban and regional development, redevelopment and revitalization projects.
David John Myers
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 35 years experience
10940 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Real Estate and Business
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
David Myers is "AV" rated in Business Law, Corporate Law and Litigation, and specializes in all things real estate, the formation and operation of businesses, consumer product development and distribution, and commercial litigation. After 10 years at quality mid-sized law firms, he has operated his own firm for over 20 years. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions, federal banking regulators, manufacturers, entertainment companies, and a wide variety of other businesses and individuals in their transaction and litigation needs. He is known for his creative, non-confrontational approach, minimizing conflicts and avoiding problems, and getting deals done efficiently...
Diane Y. Park
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(310) 553-8844 1875 Century Park E
#2000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Real Estate, Environmental, Estate Planning and Probate
UCLA School of Law
Diane Park specializes in estate and trust administration, as well as estate, trust and conservatorship litigation. In administrative matters, Diane is respectful of her clients’ grief, helping them navigate the many decisions that ultimately bring them peace-of-mind. In litigation matters, she is sensitive to the stressful nature of disputes in general, maintaining focus on achieving resolution as quickly as possible. With a background in civil litigation, Diane is well-versed in the litigation process, contributing to her efficiency.

Diane is on the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. In this capacity, she collaborates...
Alexander R. Ginzburg
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(310) 914-3222 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 1840
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Real Estate, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Whittier Law School and University of Washington
Alexander R. Ginzburg is an attorney admitted to practice law in all Courts of the State of California, the Federal Court for the Central District of California, the District of Columbia Courts, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1986 and his Juris Doctor Degree from Whittier Law School in 1993. Mr. Ginzburg was named a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Mr. Ginzburg is a member of the California State Bar Association, the Los Angeles...
Andre Amin Khansari
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California Real Estate Law Lawyer with 17 years experience

University of Southern California Law SchoolCalifornia
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Alexander R. Ginzburg
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California Real Estate Law Attorney with 26 years experience

Alexander R. Ginzburg is an attorney admitted to practice law in all Courts of the State of California, the Federal Court for the Central District of California, the District of Columbia Courts, and before the United... Read More »
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Mr. Robin Mashal
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(310) 286-2000 1875 Century Park East, Sixth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-2507
Real Estate, Business, IP and Stockbroker Fraud
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
I have been licensed to practice law in the State of California since 1999. I am the managing shareholder of Century City Law Group, a Professional Corporation (Century City Law Group, APC). I studied accounting at the University of Southern California, and obtained my law degree from Loyola Law School. While attending Loyola Law School, I became a Production Editor of the Loyola Entertainment Law Review, and was also placed on the Dean's Honor List. I have received Martindale-Hubbell's distinguished "AV" peer-review rating. I was named to Super Lawyer Magazine's Southern California Rising Stars list...
Michael Burke
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(310) 801-7768 11377 West Olympic Blvd
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Employment and IP
University of California - Los Angeles
Lawyer and strategic business consultant with diverse experience representing closely held companies, private equity firms, small business enterprises, and startups. From my experience as general counsel and through corporate board directorships, I bring a bigger picture overview to business transactions, business decision processes, and complex litigation management. I also bring that sensibility to bear on trial and appellate strategy. I am frequently consulted by other lawyers for trial strategy, business strategy, and ethics issues.

I handle matters in the following areas: business and commercial law, employment and labor law, litigation and dispute resolution, commercial real...
Marshal Wilke
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(310) 440-4100 1800 Avenue of the Stars
12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Real Estate and Business
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Jual F Reyes
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(877) 242-4410 1875 Century Park East, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Employment, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
UCLA School of Law
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and obtained law degree from the UCLA School of Law. Worked on a wide variety of matters, including cases involving employment discrimination, business law, real estate, landlord/tenant matters, personal injury and breach of contract matters. Member of the California State Bar and UCLA Alumni Association. Has been a licensed real estate broker in the state of California since December of 2008. Admitted to practice law in all courts in the state of California and the...
Jonathan S. Forster
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(310) 553-8844 1875 Century Park E
#2000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Jonathan Forster has been an Attorney at Weinstock Manion since 2002. He creates and carries out strategies for multi-generational estate planning, business transactions such as pre-liquidity event planning for sales of closely-held businesses and real estate, and business succession planning. Jonathan works with corporate attorneys, investment bankers and financial planners to pursue the best possible outcomes. He is dedicated to minimizing estate taxes while achieving clients' personal, charitable and business goals.

Jonathan teaches Estate Planning at UCLA Extension. Additional speaking engagements include topics such as "Tax Planning: Passing Your Real Property Without it Being Reassessed," "Pre-Liquidity Event Estate Planning and...
Yasha Bronshteyn
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(310) 914-3222 11111 Santa Monica Blvd
#1840
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Real Estate, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Yasha Bronshteyn is a Partner at Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP. With nearly 20 years of experience, he provides skilled and knowledgeable advocacy. Mr. Bronshteyn represents clients in a wide array of Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate Law matters. He is dedicated to achieving clients' goals efficiently, effectively, and affordably, while bringing them peace of mind.

Mr. Bronshteyn has received an AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible from Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally he has been honored as a Super Lawyer in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Mr. Bronshteyn received his B.S. with honors in Political Science from the University of California,...
Bryan Mashian Esq.
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(310) 207-1464 11726 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 290
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free ConsultationReal Estate and Business
UCLA School of Law
By specializing in real estate law for more than 25 years, I provide high quality, practical and cost effective legal advice and protection to my clients in commercial real estate transactions. I was head of the real estate department of a major Los Angeles law firm, where I practiced for 20 years.
Ricardo Rozen
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer
(310) 440-4100 1800 Avenue of the Stars
12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Real Estate, Business and Employment
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Rick Angel
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(310) 477-6071 2221 S. Barry Ave. #200
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Real Estate
University of Southern California
Commercial Real Estate Law Firm providing legal services in California and Colorado for all types of commercial real estate transactions, including purchases, sales, 1031 exchanges, leases, loans for owners, investors, landlords, tenants, borrowers, property managers and brokers.
Stacie R. Smiley
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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(310) 440-4100 1800 Avenue of the Stars
12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Real Estate and Business
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Peter Niemiec
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California Real Estate Law Lawyer with 42 years experience

New York University School of LawDistrict of Columbia (Inactive), Indiana (Inactive) and California
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Yasha Bronshteyn
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California Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience

Yasha Bronshteyn is a Partner at Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP. With nearly 20 years of experience, he provides skilled and knowledgeable advocacy. Mr. Bronshteyn represents clients in a wide array of Family, Divorce,... Read More »
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Buying, selling, or renting property?

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.

Mortgage: A mortgage is a document signed by a borrower when a loan is made that gives the lender a right to take possession of the property if the borrower fails to repay the loan.