Northern California Real Estate Litigation Attorneys
Peterson, Martin & Reynolds LLP has the experience, skill, and strategic insight to effectively and efficiently handle real estate disputes of all kinds and at all stages. The firm represents all parties in the residential and commercial real estate industry — including owners, buyers, sellers, developers, investors, contractors, real estate agents and brokers, associations, title companies, and more.
Since opening our doors in 1997, real estate litigation has been a core component of our practice. Our real estate attorneys have extensive experience and success representing parties in disputes arising out of purchase and sale transactions, residential and commercial leasing, construction and renovation, land use, real property ownership and damage, insurance coverage, property management, and real estate development.
We take pride in working closely with clients to develop innovative strategies designed to achieve the best outcomes in their real estate-related disputes. Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation so we can discuss your options.
The Unique Aspects of Real Estate Litigation
Real estate disputes are increasingly common in today’s market. Whether you are a residential or commercial property owner, a condo association or HOA, a property management company, a title company, a realtor, or some other stakeholder, there’s a chance you’ll find yourself involved in a real estate dispute at some point in time.
Real estate lawsuits involve a variety of possible legal causes of action, including breach of contract, nondisclosure of defects, specific performance, breach of fiduciary duty, partition, quiet title and boundary disputes, and real estate fraud, among others. We will determine which causes of action do or don’t apply to your particular real estate case and effectively represent your interests at all stages of the litigation.
Real estate litigation can involve complex questions of fact and law. The disputes can be technical, intensive, and emotional when property rights and finances are on the line. Various contract provisions, as well as state and local laws, apply specifically to real estate transactions and disputes. When you need to pursue, defend or settle a dispute, whether inside or outside the courtroom, you need trusted legal counsel by your side.
Residential Real Estate Disputes
We understand that buying and selling a home are often the largest business transactions our residential real estate clients have made. And home purchases and sales are major milestones in life. In addition to the financial stakes, which are typically substantial, there may be other important factors at issue in residential real estate disputes, including relations with neighbors, business partners, or family members.
We assist homeowners, real estate professionals, and other stakeholders in resolving a variety of residential real estate disputes. We help buyers, sellers, brokers, and others when there are circumstances or claims involving breach of contract, fraud, and other real property disputes.
Commercial Real Estate Disputes
When it comes to navigating commercial real estate disputes, some of the many cases our law firm handles are:
- Purchase and sale litigation
- Partnership disputes
- Commercial contract and lease disputes
- Negligence and real estate fraud
- Insurance disputes
- Land use issues
- Construction and design defect disputes
- Property tax assessment disputes
- Commercial development disputes
- Claims involving breach of fiduciary duty of real estate professionals
When misrepresentation or fraud occurs or is claimed in such disputes, we identify the appropriate remedies and responses. Whether the commercial real estate dispute involves purchase and sale agreements, bad faith negotiation or breach of commercial lease terms, failure to disclose material information, or something else, our real estate litigation lawyers are experienced in representing clients facing a full range of issues in and out of court.
Peterson, Martin & Reynolds represents homeowners, developers, and board members of condominium and homeowner’s associations (HOAs) in disputes involving enforcements, fees, defects, disclosures, common areas, compliance, and annual reporting. If you have a dispute about an association issue, our experienced HOA dispute attorneys can help.
Our experienced condo and HOA attorneys represent clients and community associations in all manner of disputes, including administrative hearings, alternative dispute resolution, arbitrations, trials, and appeals in state and federal courts.
We understand the unique nature of associations and the impact legal disputes can have on a community. Despite the best intentions of parties involved in these legal agreements, disputes can arise, often in the interpretation and enforcement of the association’s governing documents. Having our law firm in your corner means you have a trusted advocate who is working hard to maintain your prosperous and harmonious community association.
Mediation, Arbitration, and Real Estate Litigation
When you’re facing any type of real estate dispute, there are several ways to achieve a positive resolution. At Peterson, Martin & Reynolds, we rely extensively on our decades of experience, knowledge of the applicable laws, and strong ties in the industry to guide settlement negotiations on behalf of clients.
Our seasoned trial lawyers routinely represent clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings like mediation and arbitration. We have proven to be effective advocates in presenting our clients’ cases before a variety of alternative dispute providers, including the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, ADR, Judicate West, and others. We represent our clients’ interests in mediation proceedings as appropriate in advance of and on a parallel track with litigation.
If a dispute cannot be resolved through mediation, we will be your strongest legal advocate in litigation. Our real estate litigators understand the local and state legal landscape and have successfully handled many real estate trials and arbitrations, as well as pre-trial discovery, motions, and hearings. You can depend on us to build a strong case and advocate or defend your interests in court.
Why Choose Our Real Estate Litigation Law Firm
For over 25 years, our law firm has continued to expand its knowledge and understanding of state, federal, and local laws that affect real estate matters. We have also developed strong ties with experts and other professionals in the field that offer valuable insight into the practical application of real estate rules.
If you are facing a real estate dispute or wish to minimize the escalation of a disagreement, our real estate litigation attorneys can provide the assistance you need. For an initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, call Peterson, Martin & Reynolds LLP at (415) 399-2900 or contact us online. We have offices in San Francisco, Oakland, and Lafayette, California.
“It is important to our real estate brokerage company to resolve disputes as quickly as possible and to minimize the disruption to our business and agents. The lawyers at Peterson, Martin & Reynolds LLP understand our business perspective and work hard to achieve our dispute resolution goals. We also find that the high quality of legal service they provide is performed at a cost that is reasonable and considerably less expensive than larger law firms.”
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