Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP

We are a statewide, full-service law firm that has been representing owners and managers of residential and commercial properties for over 35 years in California.

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Firm Overview

Our firm offers a broad spectrum of service to the real estate community. These areas of practice include:

~ Residential, Commercial and Foreclosure Evictions
~ Business and Real Estate Litigation
~ Real Estate and Business Transactions
~ Estate Planning
~ Fair Housing Defense
~ Collection: Judgment and Non-Judgment
~ Bankruptcy and Creditor Representation
~ Homeowner Association Representation
~ Education

Main Office

Bay Area Office - Serving San Francisco, Oakland & San Jose areas
500 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 290
Walnut Creek  CA  94596

  • (925) 935-3575
  • (925) 942-1694

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Office Manager

Puneet Singh, Esq. & Steven Mehlman, Esq.

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English; Spanish; Punjabi; Hindi

Other Offices

  • Sacramento Office - Serving Sacramento, Fresno & Central Valley areas
    9401 E. Stockton Blvd., Suite 140
    Elk Grove,  CA  95624
  • Los Angeles Office - Serving LA, Ventura and Kern Counties
    555 S. Flower Street, Suite 3400
    Los Angeles,  CA  90071
  • Irvine Office - Serving Orange County
    5510 Trabuco Road
    Irvine,  CA  92620
  • Inland Empire Office - Serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties
    One Lakeshore Center
    3281 Guasti Road, Suite 425
    Ontaria,  CA  91761
  • San Diego Office - Serving San Diego County
    7676 Hazard Center Drive, Suite 900
    San Diego,  CA  92108
Real Estate
Our mission is to create long-term relationships with our clients by providing high quality legal representation and support and charging reasonable fees for our services. A goal we are able to achieve day after day, year in and year out.

~ Representation of Clients in Civil Litigation / Arbitration / Mediation

~ Bankruptcy Representation of Creditors

~ Collections/Creditors' Rights

~ Construction Law

~ Employment Law

~ Entity Formation (Corporations, Partnerships, LLP, LLC)

~ Landlord/Tenant Commercial

~ Landlord/Tenant Residential

~ Lease Negotiations (Commercial)

~ Property Disputes/Easements

~ Purchase/Sale Transactions

~ Real Estate and Business Litigation

~ Real Estate and Business Transactions

~ Fair Housing Defense

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP provides the finest legal services to the real estate industry.

Many of our attorneys and staff have property management backgrounds or are rental owners themselves. They are knowledgeable in all aspects of landlord-tenant law, and many are experts in the more specialized aspects of business and real estate as well.

Our attorneys are backed by a dedicated and efficient support team which is committed to providing clients with the best possible customer service.

Our firm is deeply involved in the real estate industry. We take an active part in local and state legislative matters. We are active participants in many real estate organizations, not only as members and sponsors, but in leadership positions officers, directors, and volunteers. KTS has been honored by commercial and residential organizations as a leader in the industry. Our most recent membership is the National Association of Women REO Brokerages where we have been certified as a women owned business. We have also joined the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the Asian Real Estate Association of America, and become members of Giants in Default Law.

Steven Mehlman

Steven J. Mehlman, Esq. is the Managing Partner of our Northern California Business Real Estate Group. Steve has been in practice for over 30 years and has successfully represented business clients and individuals in a wide variety of civil lawsuits in both the California state and federal courts, as well as arbitration. He drafts all types of contracts and transactional documents in his practice areas of real estate and business, drawing on his litigation experience.

California Bar, 1980
U.S. District Court for Northern, Eastern and Central California
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
D.C. Circuit and the 5th Circuit Courts of Appeals

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude
University of Michigan School of Public Policy, Masters Degree
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Political Science and Communications/Public Policy with honors
  • Bar Number: 95881
    California , 1980

Puneet Singh

Puneet Singh is the Managing Partner of the Northern California office of Kimball, Tirey and St. John LLP, and is engaged primarily in the practice of landlord/tenant law and litigation. Ms. Singh advises, counsels, and represents owners, management companies and institutions in unlawful detainer actions and other landlord/tenant litigation and transactional matters.

California Bar, 2001
Federal Bar, 2001

University of San Francisco of Law, J.D.
University of California, Davis, B.A. Political Science and Rhetoric and Communication with honors

Collection of Debt Training
Fair Housing Training
Government Owned Housing
Landlord/Tenant Commercial
Landlord/Tenant Residential
Landlord/Tenant Training (Residential)
Manufactured/Mobile Home Residency Law
Military Housing
Post Foreclosure Evictions
Rent Control
Senior Housing
Small Claims Case Preparation
Student Housing
Subsidized Housing

Member, California Apartment Association
Friend, National Association of Real Estate Property Managers (NARPM)
Friend, Institute of Real Management (IREM)

Lecturer on residential landlord/tenant law and fair housing issues for owners, operators and rental housing providers throughout California as well as courses for MCLE credit; Instructor; Kimball, Tirey and St. John Preventative Law Program; Speaker for trade shows, apartment associations and other real estate organizations

"Gateway Pages: A Solution to the Domain Name Conflict?" '91 TMR (2001)
Author of numerous articles published in rental housing publications throughout California

Recipient of the 2007 Above and Beyond Award in Public Affairs for the California Apartment Association; Recipient of the 2006 & 2012 Individual Partner of the Year Award for the Contra Costa Apartment Association; Intellectual Property/Cyberlaw Certificate with Honors
Fluent in Punjabi and Hindi
  • Bar Number: 215296
    California , 2001

Calvin Clements

Calvin Clements is the Managing Attorney in our Sacramento office. His practice focuses on landlord/tenant law.

California Bar, 1999
Federal Bar, 1999

McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
Humboldt State University, B.A., Journalism

Fair Housing Training
Landlord/Tenant Commercial
Landlord/Tenant Residential
Landlord/Tenant Training (Residential)
Manufactured/Mobile Home Residency Law
Post Foreclosure Evictions
Small Claims Case Preparation
Subsidized Housing

Frequent speaker on landlord/tenant law.

Former commercial property manager.
  • Bar Number: 204251
    California , 1999

Lisa Padilla

Lisa Padilla is a trial attorney in our Walnut Creek office. She represents and advises clients in landlord/tenant law and unlawful detainers.

California Bar, 2003

University of San Francisco School of Law, J. D.
San Francisco State University, B.A., Political Science

Landlord/Tenant Residential

Recipient, Public Law Interest Certificate
  • Bar Number: 225665
    California , 2003

Julia Adams

Julia Adams is a trial attorney in our Walnut Creek office and specializes in residential and commercial unlawful detainers.

U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2006
California Bar, 2004

Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D.
Western Virginia University, B.A. Political Science

Landlord/Tenant Commercial
Landlord/Tenant Residential
Rent Control
Subsidized Housing

Member and Former Board Member, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom

Recipient, Zamperini/Burchell Scholarship for Excellence in Writing and Research
  • Bar Number: 230795
    California , 2004

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