The Gordon & Rees Real Estate Practice Group is led by San Diego-based partners Charles Berwanger, Practice Chair, and Eric Young, Practice Vice-Chair. The group is divided into two sub-specialties: litigation and transactions. The litigation attorneys handle real estate litigation matters of every type and scope, including the preparation and service of default notices, the prosecution and defense of unlawful detainer actions, breach of lease actions, breach of guaranty actions, easement disputes, boundary disputes, rent control disputes, wrongful eviction actions, condemnation actions, brokerage commissions, mechanic's liens, purchase and sale agreement disputes, land use disputes and the defense of actions brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Group's transactional expertise is equally varied and includes the negotiation of commercial, retail and industrial leases, purchase and sale agreements, parking agreements, construction documents, development agreements and advice to retail, commercial and industrial landlords on tax and entity formation matters.
The Group's clientele is largely, though not exclusively, institutional and includes such real estate and commercial entities as AvalonBay Communities, BBL Inc., California Bank & Trust, CBRE, Centro, Crescent Real Estate, Driver-Alliant Insurance Services, Frazee Industries, The Irvine Company, Lennar Partners, Meissner-Jacquet Investment Management Services and Sudberry Properties.
Gordon & Rees also has a broad and diverse commercial real estate, creditor's rights and bankruptcy practice. The firm has substantial experience in all facets of retail, office, and industrial leasing and real property management issues. The practice lawyers handle all aspects of the landlord/tenant relationship, including structuring, negotiating and documenting all types of leases, and, if necessary, the handling of lease disputes and litigation. Commercial leasing practice clients include developers, institutional and entrepreneurial investors, and local, regional and national businesses, corporations and retailers.
With respect to bankruptcy, Gordon & Rees attorneys have represented bankruptcy trustees in all areas of Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases, creditors committees, secured and unsecured creditors and landlords in bankruptcy matters. The firm also has handled appeals of bankruptcy court orders and decisions to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. With respect to creditor and debtor rights practices, the firm assists creditors in collection matters, including obtaining the appointment of receivers and foreclosures, and assist debtors in negotiating workouts and in litigation.