I have been a broker for over 30 years, and in a past career sold both residential and commercial real estate for a living. Almost all the lawyers who work with me at HLF have been, or are, brokers, and have also sold both residential and commercial real estate for a living as well. Some of us, for those same thirty years. Each. I know the business of real estate.
I represent real estate brokerages and have represented construction, mortgage, and development companies, and private individuals, as well (via small satellite offices throughout the state of California) in both leasing and sales transactions, as well as in related litigation.
As a result of that core business, I started suing insurance companies when they denied claims tendered by my real estate brokerage clients. Insurance bad faith claims have become a second core business for me.
When the market crashed (again) and I saw the tremendous number of claims being made against brokerages and agents, and why, it became clear that some self-policing was in order, and so I "turned to the dark side" and have sued brokerages and agents who have behaved poorly. Some negligently, some, I'm sorry to say, intentionally. Regardless, their clients have been injured, and I'll take on that fight as well.
The firm's work is equally divided between its civil litigation base, (which runs the gamut from E&O defense and insurance Bad Faith claims, to CalBRE regulatory hearings), to contract, easement, negligence, title insurance and commission disputes. I also maintain a business advisory and transactional assistance practice.
Click on our You Tube Channel for a video to see what it's like in court with me.
I view my role as simple:
Give my clients peace of mind. Let them sleep through the night without worry. Let them know, and let anyone attacking them know, that my staff and I have got their backs.
But life is not all about going to court, is it? I love teaching, and I love telling stories. In my spare time (yeah, right), I taped a series of videos that tell the stories about the important cases that have shaped the practice of real estate law in California. Check them out on the You Tube Channel. You might get a laugh or two, and learn something at the same time.