Hoge Fenton Real Estate Practice Grows

Three Elite Real Estate Attorneys from Bardellini, Straw, Cavin and Bupp Join Firm

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Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, a leading Northern California law firm, announced that three elite real estate attorneys, Lee Bardellini, John Cavin and Steven Kahn, formerly of the Bardellini, Straw, Cavin and Bupp firm in San Ramon, have joined the firm. Well known and respected for their expertise in complex real estate litigation, real estate transactions and title insurance law, the lawyers will continue to represent owners of real property in all manner of litigation, including disputes involving ownership, use and control. They will also continue to represent regional and national title companies as well as their insured owners and lenders in complex real property disputes. The three will reside primarily in Hoge Fenton’s Tri-Valley office.

“Our firm’s strategic plan calls for quality growth to better serve our clients,” said Dan Ballesteros, Hoge Fenton’s managing shareholder. “We knew from experience that they were good lawyers. At our first meeting with Bardellini, Cavin and Kahn, we confirmed that they were a perfect fit for us. Our firms shared similar values as well as a complementary practice mix. Their addition will strengthen Hoge Fenton’s offerings for our existing clients, while providing them with a broader and deeper platform from which to serve theirs.”

Cavin commented: “As we looked to grow our business and better meet our clients’ needs, joining a larger firm was an attractive course of action. Of course, we knew of Hoge Fenton as an excellent firm with a great reputation in both Silicon Valley and the Tri-Valley, and as we got to know many of its attorneys during the process, that impression was reinforced. They are a talented group of legal professionals, and we are honored to be a part of the 'go to' real property and business law firm in the region.”

Ballesteros added: “As the business environment for our clients becomes more competitive and complex, the legal industry needs to stay ahead of the curve. Adding talented lawyers like Bardellini, Cavin and Kahn provides us with more resources to meet our clients’ ever-increasing needs for sophisticated representation and advice, and gives a nice boost to our ‘local knowledge, global reach’ mantra.”

Lee P. Bardellini focuses on complex commercial real estate litigation, representing title insurers, escrow companies, brokers and lenders. He also provides advice, counsel and coverage opinions in a broad range of real property-related matters.

John F. Cavin is an experienced real estate and commercial litigator, with clients ranging from startups to established commercial real estate businesses and professionals. He has extensive expertise in title insurance, escrow operations and the construction industry.

Steven J. Kahn concentrates on commercial real estate and business litigation, with particular expertise in title insurance, tax-deferred exchanges and boundary disputes. He also counsels clients in real estate transactions and commercial leasing matters.

About Hoge Fenton:

For many clients, we are the smart alternative to “big law.” We are a mid-sized, multi-service law firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. In continuous existence for over 60 years, Hoge Fenton enjoys a stellar reputation in the legal community, with 12 alumni having gone on to serve on the bench in Santa Clara County Superior Court, Monterey County Superior Court, California Court of Appeal and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Offering focused expertise in business formation and transactions, finance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, labor and employment law, real estate and land use, high net worth estate and wealth planning, complex family law, and state and federal litigation (alternative dispute resolution, trial, appellate).

Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel
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