Expert Witness for Commercial Real Estate

California Commercial Real Estate Expert Testimony

Attorney Lawrence H. Jacobson is one of the Los Angeles region’s most recognized names in commercial real estate legal services. With more than 40 years of experience handling complex property development, commercial lease law and litigation, he is often called upon to provide expert testimony and consultation services for attorneys involved in commercial real estate litigation and arbitration matters throughout Southern California and nationally.

Industry Knowledge to Testify in the Most Complex Commercial Real Estate Matters

  • Represented developers and management companies in negotiating and documenting real estate financing, loan workouts, commercial leasing (landlord and tenant)
  • Advised, negotiated and documented the purchase and sale of commercial real property
  • Negotiated and documented Section 1031 exchanges for investment groups
  • Advised developers regarding title issues
  • Advised, negotiated and documented construction contracts and architectural contracts
  • Advised and represented commercial real estate and mortgage brokerage companies
  • Prosecuted the qualification of mortgage lenders with HUD, FHLMC and FNMA
  • Advised on RESPA and related referral fee matters

Mr. Jacobson is recognized for his integrity and knowledge to serve as an expert witness on commercial real estate and development matters involving:


  • Square footage
  • Redevelopment plan
  • Dual agency


  • Noncompliance
  • Failed inspections
  • Violations of provisions regarding materials and labor

Access to water

  • Property rights
  • Easement violations
  • Shore and dock access

Standard of care, commercial real estate agent malpractice

  • Due diligence
  • Supervision
  • Drafting of documents
  • Apartment house management
  • Use of wrong form agreement
  • Escrow duty
  • Title insurance practice

Fiduciary duty

  • Conflict of interest
  • Dual agency
  • Self-dealing
  • Agent as principal
  • Failure to perform
  • Business broker breach of duty
  • Mortgage broker breach of duty
  • Real estate ethics
  • Real estate agent obligation in commercial sale

Experienced Expert Witness for Residential Real Estate Litigation and Arbitration

Mr. Jacobson’s professional credentials in the residential real estate industry include service as Vice President of Legal Affairs for the California Association of Realtors, adjunct professor of law in the area of real estate secured transactions and administrative law, extensive lectures on commercial real estate matters, and teaching commercial real estate law at the USC Broker Development Program and Graduate Realtors Institute of the California Association of Realtors. He is also the author of numerous professional articles covering a full range of topics on commercial real estate law.

Experienced, Knowledgeable Expert Witness for Commercial Real Estate Litigation

Colleagues have recognized Mr. Jacobson for his integrity and service to his profession by electing him president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2011.

From offices in Beverly Hills, commercial real estate lawyer Lawrence H. Jacobson provides expert testimony and legal representation for clients throughout Southern California and the United States. Wherever you are, call the firm toll free at 310-271-0747

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