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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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News + Events

2022 Director Elevations

Murphy Pearson is pleased to announce the elevation of Thomas F. Mazzucco, Christopher R. Ulrich and Joseph S. Leveroni to the positions of Directors. All three newly appointed directors bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firm. Serving a wide range of practices, they have each forged...

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Expertise, Diversity & Growth Define Firm’s Seattle Office

Long before Zoom, virtual backgrounds and home offices, Murphy Pearson (MPBF) attorney Nick Larson needed to relocate from San Francisco and work remotely from Washington state. MPBF agreed to this arrangement on a trial basis. Nearly a decade later it is clear that this arrangement did not simply function,...

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Sacramento Office Expands Team

MPBF welcomes the additions of Senior Counsel I. Hooshie Broomand (University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law) and Associate Collin Chandler (UC Davis School of Law) to their Sacramento office this month. Hooshie’s practice includes general civil litigation with focuses on product defects, professional liability defense, construction, real estate,...

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