Tracy, California Real Estate Lawyers

Richard Hyppa
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Tracy, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(209) 836-9288 Tracy Law Center
120 E. 12th St.
Tracy, CA 95376
Real Estate, Collections, Personal Injury and Stockbroker Fraud
Santa Clara University School of Law
Tracy, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(209) 836-0725 121 E 11th St
Tracy, CA 95376
Real Estate and Personal Injury
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Tracy, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(209) 831-6130 333 Civic Center Plz
Tracy, CA 95376-4062
Real Estate
James Gulseth
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Livermore, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(925) 463-9600 373 North L Street
Livermore, CA 94551
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and IP
UC Hastings COL
James H. (Jim) Gulseth was born and attended high school in Devils Lake, North Dakota and graduated with an A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Jim earned his JD degree at the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco and is admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Federal District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the Corporations, Business Transactions, Securities and Tax and Intellectual Property Sections of the State Bar of California. Jim’s reported cases include...
Robert Lockhart Taylor
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Livermore, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(925) 463-9600 373 North L Street
Livermore, CA 94551
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and IP
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Robert L. (Bob) Taylor was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended high school in Berkeley, California. Bob graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982 with an A.B. degree in Economics. Bob graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley) in 1985, where he was a member of the California Law Review. In 1985, he was admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Federal District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He has since also been admitted...
Livermore, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(925) 606-6725 1222 Stealth St
Livermore, CA 94551
Real Estate and Business
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Eric Thomas Hartnett
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(408) 290-8228 563 S. Murphy Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Sunnyvale, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
Real Estate, Business, Collections and Construction
Santa Clara University School of Law
Eric Hartnett possesses an impressive real estate and business law background. He is a former partner at a preeminent real estate firm in Silicon Valley and has garnered a considerable wealth of experience by working his entire career at small and medium-sized firms. He has represented a wide array of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and government entities to individuals and small businesses. Eric's skills and expertise have been recognized through his repeated receipt of Super Lawyers's Northern California Rising Star award.

While the majority of his cases have been venued in the Bay Area (e.g. Santa...
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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San Jose, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 510-3916 177 Park Avenue
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Real Estate, Business, Criminal and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Attorney Shahrestani offers intense, intelligent, and attentive legal representation to individual and business clients in high-stakes, high conflict, and time sensitive litigation, negotiation, and transactional matters. Call today to set a Phone Consultation to discuss your concerns: 800-510-3916.

Fluent Spanish, French, Italian, Farsi. Offering legal representation throughout New York, California, Massachusetts, DC, and Washington State.

(1) DIVORCE & CUSTODY: High Conflict Divorce, Custody & Visitation, Restraining Orders, Abduction, Collaborative Divorce, Property Division

(2) EDUCATION LAW: Academic Discipline, Grade Disputes, Fee Disputes, Special Education, Teacher Contracts, Bullying, School Campus Crimes, Academic Freedom, School Misconduct, School Representation

(3) BUSINESS & CONTRACTS: Breach of Contract, Fraud, Legal...
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...
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...
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...
Jeffrey Moore
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Campbell, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(408) 915-8043 155 E. Campbell Avenue
Suite 121
Campbell, CA 95008
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Attorney Jeffrey M. Moore has 20 years experience assisting consumers and small business in Silicon Valley. He was raised in Santa Clara County, graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law (Juris Doctor) and Santa Clara Leavey School of Business (MBA). Mr. Moore is a recognized authority in family, bankruptcy, and landlord/tenant law. Visit our website for information on how we can assist you with your legal issue.
Robert Joseph Anaya
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Modesto, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(209) 522-7500 1315 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Real Estate, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
University of San Francisco School of Law
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.
Stephen Searle Rudd
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Cupertino, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(408) 252-5211 10455 Torre Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014
Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate
Stanford University
Steve Rudd is a Stanford Law School J.D. with over thirty years experience handling estate planning (trusts, wills, powers of attorney) and estate administration (trust administration, trust modification, spousal property petition and probate proceeding) for Silicon Valley clients. Steve Rudd offers quality legal services at affordable prices.
Wendy Watrous Smith
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Santa Clara, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(408) 295-1700 2775 Park Ave
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Landlord Tenant
University of Iowa
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
Derek Deake Lim
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Fremont, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(510) 818-0898 3100 Mowry Ave
Ste. 204
Fremont, CA 94538
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Family
New Coll of CA School of Law
Experienced, dedicated and affordable immigration attorney servings the Immigration community for near 20 years. Record of winning case on asylum, VAWA claim, naturalization with criminal background, waivers, and complex family based immigrant visa petitions.
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.
Jon Paul Webster
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Concord, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(925) 609-7600 1985 Bonifacio Street
Suite 102
Concord, CA 94520-2264
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Employment and Landlord Tenant
John F. Kennedy School of Law and California State University - Sacramento
I am a former police officer and deputy district attorney. I have been in private practice since 1994. I bring the experiences I have gained to fight for my clients. Whether you have an employment, business or real property transaction or you are involved in a dispute, my firm will work diligently to represent you in negotiations, administrative, civil or criminal proceedings from initiation through appeal. I routinely represent both employees and employers in wage and hour and discrimination cases. I provide advice and represent individuals, corporations and limited liability partnerships and companies in real property matters...
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...
Michael D. Larsen
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Palo Alto, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
2nd Floor
530 Lytton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Real Estate, Elder, Estate Planning and International
University of Chicago
I have always been interested in European history and languages. I lived in France for four years before returning to the Bay Area to set up my law practice. I often work with people in the Bay Area who have family or assets in France.
Heinz Binder
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Santa Clara, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(408) 295-1700 2775 Park Ave
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Landlord Tenant
Santa Clara University School of Law
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...
Timothy Craig Williams
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Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 31 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...
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...
Merrisa L. Coleman-Bishop
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San Jose, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(408) 217-8506 1035 Minnesota Ave
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San Jose, CA 95125
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
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...
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

Michael J. Shea
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San Jose, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Drive
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Real Estate, Business, Communications and Employment
Harvard Law School
Edward A. Kraus
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San Jose, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(408) 573-5700 One North Market St.
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Real Estate, Business, Criminal and Employment
Santa Clara University School of Law and University of California - Berkeley
Daniel Ogden
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(209) 524-4466 1535 J St
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Modesto, CA 95354
Modesto, CA Real Estate Law Attorney
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
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...
Javed Inam Ellahie
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SAN JOSE, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(408) 294-0404 12 South First Street, Suite 600
SAN JOSE, CA 95113
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Javed Ellahie's practice focuses on estate planning, probate, real estate law and bankruptcy. He carries a Martindale-Hubbell “AV-rating”, the highest rating of legal knowledge and ethics.
He is a certified bankruptcy law specialist (certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization) and has frequently lectured at seminars for bankruptcy law specialists. Mr. Ellahie has also served as a Trustee to the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the West-Valley Mission Community College District.

Mr. Ellahie’s estate planning experience includes setting up estate plans such as simple and complex trusts, drafting irrevocable trusts, family limited partnership, charitable trusts...
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.
Tyler A. Kelly
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Modesto, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(209) 524-4466 1535 J St
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Modesto, CA 95354
Real Estate, Business and Construction
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
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
Eric Tsai
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 8 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.
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...
Paige Simmons Esq.
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Brentwood, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(925) 756-7777 131 Sand Creek Rd
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Brentwood, CA 94513
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Insurance Claims and Landlord Tenant
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
The Simmons Law Firm is led by Paige Simmons, Esq. Paige has provided legal counsel to California and New York businesses, community associations, management companies, and building owners for close to a decade. She has also spent several years defending and suing Fortune 500 companies like Staples, Home Depot, Benihana, KB Homes and Richmond American Homes. In addition, Paige has handled hundreds of commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes, judicial foreclosures, personal judgments, and liens.

Paige brings several years of business acumen and insurance knowledge to the firm. Prior to embarking on her legal career, Paige was a licensed all-lines...
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