Loyola Law School,
University of California, Los Angeles,
Vornado Realty Trust
Bunge North America, Inc.
Neu Investment Corporation
Thompson Coburn LLP
Pircher, Nicols & Meeks
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Hahn Cazier & Smaltz
As a real estate litigator with more than 30 years of experience, Jeff develops and executes highly effective litigation strategies for clients with all types of commercial real estate disputes. He has handled matters ranging from the repossession of a commercial passenger airplane in Toronto to a $6 million disclosure claim arising from a tax dispute over massive advertising spaces on Sunset Boulevard.
Jeff has obtained favorable results in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and before state and federal appellate courts. His broad litigation skills also benefit clients during deal negotiations and pre-litigation stages, helping them to minimize exposure and maximize recovery in the event of a future dispute.
As the editor of Thompson Coburn's commercial real property blog, The Ground Floor, Jeff writes about critical issues surrounding the acquisition, management, and disposition of real property in California.
Jeff counsels clients on and has successfully resolved disputes involving all aspects of commercial real estate, including:
- Joint ventures
- Real estate funds
- Acquisitions and dispositions
- Ground leases, retail and office leasing
- Foreclosures and receiverships
- Land use, including CEQA
- Environmental, including CERCLA
- Real and personal property-secured loans
In addition to his real estate practice, Jeff frequently leads other litigation efforts, including product liability, IP, and general commercial disputes. His product liability/toxic tort experience includes claims involving pharmaceuticals, asbestos, petroleum products, and agricultural products. His IP experience includes copyright and trademark disputes for a national manufacturer and a sweepstakes company.
Successfully defended a seller of a mixed-use project from a claim of failure-to-disclose in a binding arbitration
Represented school district in defense of CEQA claims by municipality with respect to regional high school.
Represented real estate fund with respect to enforcement of capital contribution provision and defense of claims of breach of fiduciary duty.
Represented investor member with respect to enforcement of buy-back provision in limited liability operating agreement.
Represented investor member with respect to removal of general partner.
Represented investor member with respect to dispute concerning buy/sell provision.
Represented buyer with respect to defense of broker's claim for commission and prosecution of claim for breach of fiduciary duties concerning large collection of single family homes.
Represented school district in CERCLA cost recovery action concerning future home of elementary school.
Represented ground lessees with respect to disputes concerning purchase option price and rental for lease option.
Represented commercial landlords and tenants with respect to disputes concerning "use" provisions.
Represented limited partner in dissolution actions.
Obtained a dismissal of an agribusiness client from a product liability case involving the labeling of one of its products.
Defended label manufacturer with respect to series of hundreds of claims regarding alleged groundwater contamination in the San Gabriel Valley.
Multiple defenses of product liability claims involving alleged asbestos exposure.
Defense of warranty claim with respect to agricultural pesticides.
Successful defense of product liability claims with respect to anti-cancer drugs.
Favorable settlement of product liability case with respect to petroleum products.
Successfully enforced covenant not to compete.
Favorable settlement of insurance bad faith claim with respect to theft at petroleum refinery.
Favorable settlement of claims by client that defendant's products caused contamination of computer hard disks during manufacturing process.
Favorable settlement of breach of fiduciary duty action with respect to control of family-owned business.
Prosecution of lease claims against passenger airline, resulting in repossession of aircraft in Toronto.
Prosecution of breach of warranty action with respect to underground tunneling equipment.
Defense of software company in 800,000 member class action involving homeowners' insurance policies in California.
Favorable settlement of breach of warranty action with respect to alleged contamination of wine bottles.
Defense of toy manufacturer in trademark infringement action in which client obtained a dismissal at trial.
Defense of copyright/trademark infringement action in which summary judgment was granted in toy manufacturer's favor.
Favorable settlement of trade secret action involving seed manufacturer.
Co-author, "Arbitration and Other Forms of ADR in Real Estate Deals";
Probate and Association Property, March/April 2014
Co-author, "The Use of Common-Interest Agreement in Commercial Real Estate Transactions";
Bloomberg BNA Real Estate Law, Industry Report, May 2013
Co-author, "Disclosure Duties and Dangers for Commercial Real Estate Sellers";
California Centers, March 2012
Author, "The ABC's of Appraisals for Your Commercial Lease Extension";
California Centers, October 2011
Author, "Looking At Lease Provisions From the Litigator's Angle";
Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, October 2006
Author, "Letters of Intent: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly";
Shopping Center Business, May 2006
Author, "Drafting Relocation Provisions in Commercial Leases";
Southern California Office & Commercial, May 2006
Author, "'Use' Provisions in Commercial Leases";
LA Lawyer, January 2006
Co-Presenter, "Arbitration and Other Forms of ADR";
TCLE webinar, October 2015
Moderator, "Remedies for Good Deals Gone Bad";
IMN's 3rd Annual Real Estate General Counsel's Forum (West)-- Newport Beach, CA, May 2014
Co-presenter, "Arbitration and Other Forms of ADR: Understanding the Process and Making the Lease Provisions Work";
2013 ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference-- San Diego, CA, October 2013
Panelist, "Remedies for Deals Gone Bad";
IMN's 2nd Annual Real Estate General Counsel's Forum (West)-- Dana Point, CA, May 2013