Real Estate & Construction Law

Real Estate and Construction Law

While the real estate and construction industries were built on the maxim of “freedom of contracting,” over the years, both industries have become the subject of significant regulation. We assist clients in navigating the regulations applicable in all aspects of commercial real estate and construction transactions from purchase and sale agreements, mezzanine loans, bridge loans, permanent financing, contracting with design professionals, contracting with general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers, and project close-out issues.

When disputes arise in real estate or construction transactions, we have substantial experience litigating those issues, from breach of contract disputes to design professional’s liens, mechanic’s liens, stop notice claims (both public and private projects) and surety bond claims.

Real Estate and Construction Transactions

We assist our clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions from preparing and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, to negotiating mezzanine loans, bridge loans and permanent financing to ensure a successful acquisition or refinancing of the real property by our client.

After acquisition, we assist our clients in negotiating contracts with design professionals, and contractors (general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers) who will be in charge of the development of the property. Based on changes in California law, we are prepared to provide advice to clients regarding indemnity, insurance, payment, and mechanic’s lien issues.

Once development starts, we are prepared to assist our clients with issues relating to risk management, contract administration, pricing and scheduling of changes. Finally, once the development is completed, we assist our clients with typical project close-out issues.

Construction Litigation

We have extensive expertise in litigating disputes on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and sureties in public and private construction projects.

We assist our clients in litigating contract, quantum meruit, design professional’s lien, mechanic’s lien, stop notice, and surety bond claims. We have litigated these types of disputes in every forum (state courts, federal courts, private arbitration, and judicial reference) and understand the complexity and costs involved in these types of dispute. With each case, we devise and implement an efficient manner to exchange information among parties to maximize the outcome for our client.

We also litigate construction defect claims and are well-versed in the laws which apply to such claims.

Our professionals have represented contractors in every type of public and private projects, including power generation facilities, high-rise office buildings, hotels, hospitals, single-family residential developments, condominiums, apartment buildings, parking structures, gas stations and shopping centers, small local parks, wastewater treatment facilities, schools, universities, hospitals, and other commercial and other multi-million dollar capital improvements.

Real Estate Litigation

Our experience encompasses virtually every type of real estate dispute involving lenders, commercial landlords and tenants, buyers and sellers of real estate. We assist clients in negotiations with lenders, including discounted payoffs (DPOs), and loan modifications.

We also have expertise in seeking provisional remedies, and we frequently represent clients in foreclosures and receiverships and unlawful detainers.

Insurance Bad Faith

We advise and represent clients in insurance coverage disputes in a wide range of areas, including products liability, property damage and loss, construction defect, and errors and omissions.


At YMS, you get a team of trial lawyers with a combined experience of over 85 years looking at your case, ensuring the best course of action is taken.
What Makes Our Firm Different
  • Over 85 Years of Combined Experience
    At our firm, you can trust we have the experience to handle your case successfully. Each of our attorneys bring decades of experience practicing in the areas of employment and business litigation.
  • We Work as a Team
    At YMS, we believe collaboration is key to success. Working collectively with our clients ensures that every angle is explored in order to achieve the best results.
  • We Are Trial Attorneys
    Each of our attorneys has extensive experience litigating in a courtroom. We always try to settle outside of court, but if the case requires us to go, our team is prepared to do so.
  • Big-Firm Experience. Small-Firm Approach.
    Having previously worked at some of the largest law firms in the city, our attorneys can bring a high level experience to your case, yet keep the client-attorney relationship very personal.

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