Practice Areas Overview

We assist clients throughout Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Yolo Counties with legal matters involving real estate, business, environmental, and construction law. We also assist clients involved in trust and probate litigation, particularly involving claims of elder abuse, competency, and undue influence. An overview of our practice is as follows:

Real Estate Litigation

Our real estate litigation practice includes resolving disputes associated with the business of buying, selling, developing, entitling, owning, leasing, and/or financing real property. This includes, but is not limited to: purchase and sale disputes, partnership disputes, partition actions, quiet title actions, mortgage and deed of trust disputes, foreclosures, receiverships, contract disputes, construction litigation, easement disputes, eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions, lease disputes, homeowner association disputes, enforcement of CC&Rs, and title insurance claims. We also counsel clients in connection with a variety of real estate transactional matters and review and draft leases, purchase and sale agreements, easement agreements, and a wide range of other real estate contracts.

Business Litigation

Our extensive business litigation practice includes partnership disputes, corporate litigation, shareholder derivative actions, contract disputes, commercial litigation and related transactional counseling, professional malpractice defense, collections actions, general business torts and contract litigation, trade secret disputes, securities litigation, and loan fraud.

Trust, Estate and Probate Law and Litigation

We represent clients in a wide variety of matters involving trust, estate and probate disputes, including, but not limited to, general estate, trust and probate litigation, and including, but not limited to, trust contests and will contests, abused trust and abused will beneficiary litigation, financial elder abuse litigation, capacity disputes, contested trust and probate litigation, trust accounting litigation, and actions to terminate and surcharge trustees. We also help clients answer questions involving non-probate transfers and trust administration, and with protective proceedings, conservatorships and guardianships.

Construction Litigation

We have both defended and prosecuted a number of construction disputes involving all types of projects, from commercial real property to private residences. These actions often involve construction contracts and disputes, construction defect litigation, architect and contractor negligence actions, payment disputes, and the assertion and defense of mechanic's liens and stop notices.

Environmental Law and Litigation

We also assist clients with environmental matters, including representing clients before various California state agencies, including the Department of Toxic Substances Control and the State Water Quality Control Board, and assisting clients in related enforcement and cost recovery litigation, whether instituted by public agencies or private parties. We also have experience assisting clients with state-monitored cleanup of previously-contaminated property for redevelopment.

Mediation

It is typically productive to mediate as early as possible and before the attorneys’ fees and costs have been incurred (and paid) to the point that the parties are dug into their positions and unwilling to waive those expenses, which can be very significant, as a condition of a settlement. On the other hand, sometimes it is necessary to perform some discovery or file a motion or two to set the stage for a successful mediation. Greg Peterson is experienced and well versed in these matters, and he can help clients develop an economically sensible strategy for successful mediation. We are well-versed in alternative dispute resolution and mediation procedures. In addition to serving as a Settlement Conference Judge (Pro Tem), Mr. Peterson also makes himself available as a mediator to assist in the resolution of matters involving his areas of expertise and has been called upon by a number of attorneys in the Sacramento area to serve as a mediator. For more information, please see our page concerning the mediation process.