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Jeff Brown

Partner

Los Angeles
310 282 9418 direct

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.

Real Estate:

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.

Product Liability:

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.

Complex Commercial:

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.

Intellectual Property:

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.

Thompson Coburn Publications

Appellate decision helps CA dealers navigate CLRA responses

TCLEs

Ethics - Confidentiality Issues Re: Attorney Client Privilege and Information

Arbitration and Other Forms of ADR

Blogs

‘I’m yours … and yours’: California Supreme Court puts restrictions on ‘dual agents’

California appeals court rejects ‘creative’ sham guaranty defense

Commercial landlords: Time to tune up your indemnity provisions

Thompson Coburn to host ethics webinar on confidentiality issues

California’s high court: Federal law does not preempt state claims for intentionally false 'organic' labels

Appraisals for commercial lease extensions: A step-by-step guide

And in this corner: Judicial referees as alternatives to juries in California

Waiting to Exhale: Cannabis industry breathes sigh of relief over extension of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

Man assumed the risk of injury from chainsaw-wielding psychopathic killer

California marijuana dispensary scores victory against DOJ … but how long will it last?

Publications

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

Presentations

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