Real Estate Litigation

Practical Solutions to Your Litigation

Real estate’s significance for nearly every business and individual makes it a common subject of litigation.  Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin represents all parties involved in real estate matters – developers, landlords, tenants, brokers, financial institutions and individuals – in wide-ranging disputes.  Whether you are embroiled in high-stakes litigation or private arbitration, we strive to conduct a thorough investigation, then plan and implement a strategy to achieve your goals as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

We frequently resolve real estate disputes pertaining to:

Joint Venture & Partnership Disputes

Won $2.4 million arbitration award for plaintiff in real estate joint venture dispute with developer. Developer deprived client of profits in the venture by refusing to sell joint venture properties to ready, willing and able buyers.

Breach of Contract

After a 3-month jury trial, prevailed over large California law firm in defending property owner against breach of contract claim relating to a failed agreement to sell 40 acres of land.

Real Estate Fraud

Successfully defended against claims that client fraudulently induced plaintiff to enter into and/or breach an option agreement to sell residential real estate allegedly valued in excess of $5,000,000.

Financing Disputes

After convincing the court to conduct a one-day bench trial on the defense of sham guaranty, obtained a ruling by the court that the client was not liable to pay on a loan guaranty for a $25 million commercial property located in Beverly Hills’ “Golden Triangle.”

Construction Litigation

Successfully defended land developer against claims that homes built on adjacent property suffered soil subsidence and foundation failure due in part to grading activity on client’s down-slope property.

Lender Liability Claims

Favorably settled a real estate foreclosure and lender liability case for borrower against a money center bank affiliate regarding a large estate home building development in Malibu Canyon.

Quiet Title

After an adjoining property owner moved fences on client’s residential property in Santa Monica Canyon, where “every inch counts,” successfully prosecuted and tried a claim for encroachment.