Bruce M. Lorman Attorney at Law

Experienced Representation For All Types of Real Estate

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Firm Overview

Our firm was created in 1995 to provide clients with outstanding and personalized service and excellent results without the high costs, overstaffing or overhead associated with larger firms. This means clients get specialized expertise to help them attain their goals cost-effectively and creatively.

Example cases

Each case is significant to the parties involved, no matter how much money is at stake, but the most noteworthy cases have been: a jury trial verdict of $3.6 million for our plaintiff client in Polarized Lighting v. Pierlight Pty. Ltd., for breach of contract; a defense jury verdict for our real estate developer client in Amreal Capital Realty v. Victor Lands, who had been sued for millions of dollars in damages for alleged fraud; a multi-million dollar settlement for our client in a wrongful foreclosure suit, Kline et. al v. Redevelopment Agency of the City of Pomona; and a multi-million dollar settlement for our client in an easement dispute in Sunset Palisades v. Self-Realization Fellowship Church. More typical cases in real property disputes involve the purchase and sale of real property, boundary line disputes or easement issues.

Main Office

Main
1717 Fourth  Street 3rd Floor
Santa Monica  CA  90401

Phone
  • (310) 451-0049
Fax
  • (310) 393-8180

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, we will provide a free 1/2 hour initial consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

The majority or our matters are handled on an hourly fee basis. However, we are willing to enter into non-traditional billing arrangements, where warranted, including contingency fees, reduced hourly with a contingency bonus or other mutually acceptable arrangements.

Hourly Rates

The hourly rate is $295.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Emergency after hours by appointment

Office Manager

Maggie Flack and Kim Mark

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

None

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have always been interested in real estate and the role it plays in business, in people's lives and in our community.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage and will assist my clients in learning about the legal issues if they have the desire to do so. We constantly communicate significant developments in a client's matter so they will be fully informed with respect to important decisions. The more knowledge a client has about the entire legal process, the more satisfied they will be with the resolution of their matter.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

This depends on the nature of the matter and the document in question.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

We do not encourage clients to represent themselves in legal matters.

Bruce M. Lorman

Before establishing my own firm, I was a partner at the Santa Monica real estate firm of Gilchrist & Rutter and began my career at the Beverly Hills real estate firm of Fulop, Rolston, Burns & McKittrick.

I have worked with excellent lawyers during my career and remain current by substantial reading and attending continuing education courses.

I have handled all types of real estate disputes and can explain to clients what they can expect, realistically assess their matters and formulate a plan to resolve them with the client's active input and participation.

Even though many sources estimate that 95% of all lawsuits that are filed are eventually settled, we prepare our cases for trial. We have a hands-on approach to each matter. We strive to achieve the best possible results in the most efficient manner after consulting with our clients on the costs versus benefits of litigation. Generally, in order to resolve each matter on the most favorable basis possible, we prepare each matter with the expectation that it will be among the 5% of cases that actually go to trial. Such preparation invariably leads to successful settlements.

Personal interests:

I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, sports, reading, and being involved with horses.

License
  • Bar Number: 82364
    California , 1978
Education
  • Hastings College of Law
    J.D. , 1978
    San Francisco, CA
    I am a member and Associate Research Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. I participated on the Hastings Law Journal and in a Trial Practice Seminar, putting on a mock trial.
  • University of California at Los Angeles
    A.B. , 1975
    Los Angeles, CA
    I obtained degree in Economics, Cum Laude. During college, I participated in Student Government at UCLA, worked in the UCLA student store and interned in Washington D.C. for the Aviation Consumer Action Project during the summer after graduation.

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