Real Estate Litigation     

Sometimes real estate development, construction and other transactions do not go according to plan.  Stephens Friedland’s lawyers engage in the early stages of any matter and advise our clients on ways in which to minimize the impact of any problems.  If necessary, we advocate our clients' position through litigation.  Our lawyers have experience litigating a wide variety of real estate matters including the following:

  • Purchase agreements
  • Option agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Development agreements
  • Leases
  • Financing
  • Construction
  • Architecture and design
  • Eminent domain and condemnation
  • Land use 
  • Property management

  • Appraisals
  • Brokerage
  • Environmental
  • Easements
  • Quiet title
  • Trespass
  • Nuisance
  • Homeowners Associations
  • Foreclosure
  • Restructuring
  • Partition 

Our clients include real estate developers and investors, banks and other lenders, commercial landlords and tenants, builders, property managers, brokers, and other businesses involved in the real estate industry. 

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  • Defense of class action suits alleging unfair business practices (Cal.  Bus.  & Prof.  Code §§ 17200 et seq.) and similar claims challenging fees charged in connection with the client’s assignment of purchase-money loans secured by deeds of trust.  Each of these cases was dismissed at the demurrer stage or settled for nuisance value.
  • Successfully obtained judgments for commercial property owners in actions against tenants who had breached the terms of their commercial lease.
  • Obtained summary judgment, and attorneys fees, on behalf of our client who was able to continue in possession of the premises and have property taxes paid by the landlord after facing claims of tax delinquency. 
  • Obtained injunctive enforcing our client lessee’s exclusive use of a lessor’s commercial complex against competing use. 
  • Represented commercial tenant in defense of unlawful detainer and writ of possession action.
  • Defense of client in dispute regarding effectiveness of commercial lease and successfully extracted client from owner's terms.