Real Estate and Land Use

Our sophisticated real estate and land use practice extends throughout the entire state of California with an emphasis on the Coachella Valley area. The Coachella Valley presents several unique and diverse real estate and land use issues. From Beaumont at the West end of the valley to Indio in the East, there are ten different local governments, and several unincorporated areas subject to regulation by Riverside County. And interspersed within those communities is Indian reservation land under the sovereignty of several independent Indian Tribes and subject to the federal trust responsibility of the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Whether you are a developer or investor, lender or borrower, contractor or landowner, landlord or tenant, our real estate attorneys have the expertise and local experience to help you navigate the legal, business, political and regulatory obstacles presented by the diverse market here and throughout the state of California. One area the firm excels in is representing both tribal members and non-tribal members in long term leases and purchases of tribal and Indian Allottee land.

Our firm has experience in all aspects of real estate, from raw land acquisitions and sales, to complex financing transactions involving private and institutional investors, traditional and non-traditional lenders, to representing clients during the entitlement process, including complex development agreements,  land use issues, annexation issues, subdivisions, environmental review and master-planned communities. We also have the ability to perform due diligence services from reviewing title to zoning and entitlements to assure that acquisitions meet developer expectations of use and value. Through our experience and relationships with local decision-makers, we are able to advise our clients and get them through the land use process as efficiently as possible.

Our transactional attorneys have many years of experience representing landlords and tenants in lease negotiations and financing transactions. We are also draft and interpret complex covenants, conditions and restrictions for residential and commercial projects.

Our litigation attorneys have established a long and successful record representing clients in litigation related to complex real estate and land use projects. In the construction industry, we frequently have represented general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers, either suing for non-payment and consequential damages, or defending against delay and defect claims. The types of properties involved have included commercial office buildings, governmental facilities, factories, hospitals, wastewater management plants, and surface mining reclamation projects. 

With current market conditions, our firm has been extensively involved in representing banks and other financial institutions in litigation related to the downturn in the real estate market. While every project and every case is different, our experience permits us to focus quickly and efficiently on the issues that arise in most construction disputes.

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