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Real Estate & Construction

The Real Deal

Murphy Pearson’s real estate and construction lawyers represent developers, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, suppliers, brokers and agents, and investors in transactions and disputes. Whether negotiating and drafting contracts, handling Calderon claims (pre-litigation procedures applicable to a homeowners’ association claim for construction defects against its developer or builder) or defending clients in construction defect litigation and administrative board proceedings, we aggressively represent our clients’ interests in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

For businesses and individuals whose primary business isn’t real estate, we help clients navigate real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, leases and subleases.

The Business of Building

A well-crafted contract upfront sets the stage for successful relationships. We find the best way to avoid real estate and construction disputes is to properly identify issues, clearly document intentions, and minimize and allocate risks at the outset so clients are well-insulated should a future dispute arise.

Working with lawyers in other practices, such as employment, tax, and business , we help real estate industry businesses with project ownership agreements, entity formation, and ongoing operations. Our multidisciplinary group adeptly negotiates contracts for a wide range of projects from complex public-private partnerships to small developer projects.

Once construction is complete, our team can help prepare:

  • Commercial and residential leases
  • Property management agreements
  • Sales contracts
  • Investment vehicles

Litigation

Aggressive, creative and cost-effective litigation solutions are the hallmark of Murphy Pearson’s dispute resolution approach. Drawing on our extensive litigation experience, we are able to quickly analyze a claim and develop practical strategies and budgets, giving our clients the ability to determine a case’s relative risks and benefits. Our attorneys have experience trying, and winning, complex construction matters at both the state and federal level. Additionally, our team is licensed in the states of California, Nevada and Washington. When appropriate, our attorneys can leverage the firm’s expertise in other legal disciplines to support positive case outcomes.

For Design Professionals

Murphy Pearson attorneys represent various design professionals, including architects; civil, structural, geotechnical, electrical, mechanical and acoustical engineers; and landscape architects in both deals and disputes. We bring a firm understanding of the design process and the particular legal responsibilities of design professionals within that process. Whether a client comes to us directly or via a claim tendered through their insurance carriers, our deep experience in professional liability allows us to help clients effectively respond to claims occurring during the construction process and the specific standard of care issues those claims often entail. We are also experienced in circumstances giving rise to the design professional’s duty to defend his or her clients in light of the California Court of Appeal’s ruling in the CH2M Hill case.

Real Estate Brokers & Agents

Our real estate attorneys represent brokers and agents in claims raised related to professional liability  and their ethical obligations when representing clients.

 


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New Address Alert: Sacramento Office Update

Dear Valued Clients and Members of the Community/Friends, We are pleased to announce our Sacramento office has moved to following address: 500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1080, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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Tina Li Elevated to Director

MPBF is pleased to announce the elevation of Tina L. Li to Director. Tina joined the firm in March 2022, and has significant experience counseling clients in matters relating to professional liability, cybersecurity, construction, medical malpractice, general liability, and defense of directors and officers. Tina obtained a defense verdict...

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Four New Associates Join Firm

MPBF is thrilled to welcome four new associates to the firm. Joining the San Francisco team is Gerald C. Kipper (B.A., California State University, Chico/ J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law), Richard Li (B.A., University of California, Los Angeles/ J.D. University of California, College of Law), and...

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