Business Litigation and Transactions

The contemporary business climate is complex and dynamic. We assist clients through the ever-widening maze of decisions regarding the formation of a business entity and tax elections. We also offer support to businesses for their operations, contract and litigation needs. The business group also offers advice on secured transactions, documentation of asset-based financing and real estate financing, debt collection, loan workouts, pre-lien enforcement rights and creditor’s rights in bankruptcy. Because the cost of litigation can often overshadow the potential rewards, we work to develop a litigation plan that protects the client’s interests and finances.

real estate

Our real estate practice group has a broad range of expertise and experience in matters concerning virtually all aspects of real property. We represent owners, tenants, sellers, buyers and brokers in cases involving all types of property, from undeveloped land to large subdivisions. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating contracts and leases, and have successfully tried many cases involving disclosure claims, easements, nuisance, trespass, injunctions, title and title defects, condemnation and inverse condemnation, premises liability and civil liability for criminal acts, land use compliance, zoning, adverse possession, quiet title and housing discrimination.

Tort Litigation

A controversy before a court or a “lawsuit” is commonly referred to as “litigation”. If it is not settled by agreement between the parties it would eventually be heard and decided by a judge or jury in a court. Litigation is one way that people and companies resolve disputes arising out of an infinite variety of factual circumstances.

Estate planning

Estate planning is a cornerstone of any personal financial plan. We work with the client to determine the best plan for that client’s individual circumstances and prepare the documents necessary to carry out the client’s goals. We also assist clients through estate administration and provide representation in will or trust contest litigation.

Construction Litigation

Our construction law attorneys offer construction contract advice regarding bidding, contract preparation, interpretation, and enforcement. We also defend claims against general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, developers and landowners in both commercial and residential cases. This practice area includes: • Construction Defect Litigation • Contract Disputes • Mechanics Liens • Construction Products Liability • Construction Site Injuries • Design and Structural Deficiencies

Mediation and Arbitration

The Courts have frequently relied upon attorneys in our firm to serve as mediators and arbitrators to resolve civil disputes. Our attorneys devote a substantial portion of our practice to mediation, and have been named as one of California’s Outstanding Lawyers.

ABOUT US

Sellar Hazard & Lucia is one of the oldest law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded over 55 years ago in Concord, California, we are a full-service law firm representing individuals and businesses in a wide variety of litigation and transactional matters.

Our attorneys have a reputation for excellence, not only among our clients, but also within the legal community. They come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, which allow them to use their resulting unique and combined insights to collaborate to provide the best possible legal representation to our clients.

Our clients range from private individuals and small businesses to insurance carriers and large national corporations. We pride ourselves with our ability to quickly and efficiently provide our clients with the information and advice needed to make the best informed decisions. All of the firm’s attorneys bring the quality and professionalism typically associated with larger firms but with the personalized client dedication of smaller firms.

The firm also serves the communities in which our attorneys live and work. Our attorneys have served in many government, private and public sector, and community capacities.

We offer a full range of practice areas, including construction litigation, real estate, business litigation and transactional matters, tort litigation, estate planning, taxation, premises and product liability, and mediation and arbitration.

SELLAR HAZARD & LUCIA SERVICE AREAS

WALNUT CREEK OFFICE

201 North Civic Drive Suite 145
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Telephone (925) 938-1430
Facsimile (925) 256-7508

SAN JOSE OFFICE

2021 The Alameda
Suite 350
San Jose, CA 95126
Telephone (408) 600-2355
Facsimile (925) 256-7508

LOS ANGELES OFFICE

2049 Century Park East, Suite 750
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(424) 303-7076

SAN DIEGO OFFICE

550 WEST C STREET, SUITE 700
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101
Telephone (619) 908-1900
Facsimile (619) 908-1901

IRVINE OFFICE

One Park Plaza
Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614
Telephone: (949) 430-5377
Facsimile (925) 256-7508