Law and Mediation Office of Leslie A. Levy

33 Years of Real Estate and Business Law Experience

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Firm Overview

I bring 33 years of experience to the practice of law and mediation in the fields of real estate and business. My solo practice was established on August 1, 1994.

Example cases

I always seek to help my clients resolve their disputes through negotiation and/or mediation. However, if necessary to protect my clients' rights and interests, I do not hesitate to litigate on their behalf.

Main Office

Main
1718 Solano Avenue
Berkeley  CA  94707

Phone
  • (510) 222-2200
Fax
  • (510) 223-0200

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

No

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I do not have any fixed-price services or fees. In my practice, each case is relatively unique. For example, if I am asked to draft a commercial lease, my services might include assisting in protracted negotiations concerning the terms and provisions of the lease, in addition to drafting it. If the parties to the lease already are in agreement on most of the major provisions, then the amount of time necessary for me to assist is much less than would be required if the parties have not previously reached agreement on terms and conditions. Another example involves cases that are in a pre-litigation stage or already are in litigation. I am unable to predict in advance how much time will be required to handle the case from commencement through trial because a typical real estate case often involves more than two parties and numerous documents. Moreover, most of the cases (approximately 90%) which I handle settle before trial commences. I cannot predict in advance how soon the case will settle and how many parties might become involved in it.

Hourly Rates

Hourly rate for my services is $300.

Office Information

Office Hours

Mondays through Fridays
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

I am available on weekends and evenings by special arrangement.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

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

Contract law, which underlies much of real property and business law, fascinates me, primarily because it is a vehicle for formalized communication which is a part of everyday life.

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

By clearly communicating my legal knowledge, I enable my clients to make well-informed decisions for themselves. In so doing, I encourage my clients to seek knowledge from other reputable sources, such as Nolo, because I find that my clients who are better informed are able to make the most rational and practical decisions about their cases.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am quite willing to review documents prepared by clients.

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

I am quite willing to guide clients who wish to represent themselves.

Leslie Levy

In 1994, after having been a partner in the law firm of Whiting, Rubenstein, Swager & Levy for approximately 12 years, I formed my own solo practice, continuing to specialize in the same areas of real estate and business law. Currently, I am also a California licensed real estate broker.

Not only am I well trained to represent clients in litigation, I also am skilled in reviewing and preparing contracts or documents to help prevent future disputes.

Always mindful of the cost of litigation, I diligently pursue out-of-court settlements in contested cases. Confident of the value of alternative dispute processes, I completed two in-depth training courses in mediation, sharpening my skills in order that I may help parties in litigation or having a dispute avoid more time-consuming and costly remedies.

Not only am I well- trained to represent clients in litigation, I also am skilled in reviewing and preparing contracts or documents to help prevent future disputes.

Personal interests:

My undergraduate degree is in Art History. I have had a lifelong interest in art and architecture. I have lived abroad, one year in France and one year in Israel, and I am fluent in French and Hebrew.

License
  • Bar Number: 77184
    California , 1977
Education
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1977
    Santa Clara, CA
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Bachelor of Arts , 1971
    Berkeley, CA

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