Matters

Breach of Commission Suit

Recovered a commission finder’s fee for a client that produced a ready, willing and able buyer for a large residential/commercial project.

Elimination of Real Property Encroachments and Easements

Cleared up dozens of golf course encroachments and claimed exclusive and non-exclusive easements by neighboring property owners.

Los Angeles Inverse Condemnation

Represented large Los Angeles’ entertainment venue in inverse condemnation, nuisance, and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1985, and 1986 action against the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Real Estate Developer, Contract Defense

A real estate developer agreed to sell a rare undeveloped parcel in San Francisco subject to all easements of record.  The buyer, who prepared the purchase agreement, discovered an easement that the seller thought had been removed.  The buyer claimed a right to purchase the property at a lower value.  Jim represented the developer at trial, prevailed and obtain a judgment in the seller’s favor for the attorney’s fees incurred in litigating the case.

Small Business Owner/Prescriptive Easement, Trespass

Substituted in as counsel for client in prescriptive easement action where client had spent well over $100,000 in pleadings practice and had yet to receive a settlement demand from plaintiff after 18 months of litigating.  Negotiated settlement at a fraction of the initial relief demanded by plaintiff by conducting tactical discovery and preparing an aggressive motion for judgment on the pleadings after settlement conference judge opined the matter would never settle. 

Private Developer – Real Estate Litigation

Newmeyer Dillion partners, Philip Kopp and Leonard Polyakov, negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of their client, a private real estate developer, in a breach of contract lawsuit against a land seller over property contaminated with asbestos.