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Cases

The Ponist Law Group, P.C. handles a broad range of real estate, construction and litigation matters. Below is a representative sampling of matters handled:

  • Represented commercial real estate brokerage company, its designated broker and its agent in a dispute in which plaintiff real estate investors alleged breach of fiduciary duties and conduct falling below the standard of care. After a two week trial, our clients received a complete defense verdict, absolving them of any wrongdoing. (Vaughns v. Malm et al., Contra Costa County Sup. Ct., 2016)
  • Represented school serving special needs students against lessor attempting to terminate school’s lease. After a bench trial, the judge rejected lessor’s efforts to terminate the lease early and, instead, awarded the school an extension of its lease. (Excelsior Academy v. San Diego Unified School District, San Diego County Sup. Ct., 2015)
  • Represented partner in a partnership dispute over the ownership and control of the business.  After a two week trial, client prevailed and was awarded ownership as well as management and control of business.  (In re Tamir, San Mateo County Sup. Ct., 2012.)
  • Represented commercial landowner in a quiet title action, involving complex title and ground lease issues.  After a two week trial, the opposing party dismissed all claims against client and agreed to relinquish all rights, title and interest in the property to client.  (Blue Barn Assocs. v. Honey Baked Hams, Inc., San Diego County Sup. Ct., 2010.)
  • Represented two California state agency employees in a whistleblower action against a national timber company for allegedly defrauding the government in connection with the purchase and sale of the Headwaters Forest.  A favorable settlement was reached after parties had completed two weeks of a scheduled three week jury trial.  (United States of America et al v. Maxxam Inc. et al., Northern District of California, 2009.)
  • Represented commercial real estate brokerage and its agents in an arbitrated matter in which plaintiff buyer sought damages for alleged nondisclosure of material facts and clients sought recovery of their commission.  After arbitration, plaintiffs’ claims were rejected and clients were awarded their commission.  (The Lao Trust v. S&P Investments et al., AAA Arbitration, 2006.)
  • Represented real estate investor in action against contractors and design professionals to recover damages for defects in the construction and design of various large-scale apartment complexes.  After extensive litigation and trial, sought and obtained settlements and judgments in excess of $115 million. (Olen Residential Realty Corp. v. First Premier Drywall and Paint, et al., Clark County Sup. Ct., 2004.)
  • Prosecuted over 25 cases to verdict, ranging from violent crime to environmental protection.  Maintained a perfect trial record in the prosecution of felony cases, 2000-2003.  (People v. [Various Defendants], Deputy District Attorney, Marin County District Attorney’s Office.)