James Perez has recovered millions of dollars litigating dozens of complex multiparty construction defect actions in California. He has pursued actions on behalf of residential homeowners, condominium homeowner associations and commercial building owners against developers, contractors, architects, engineers and subcontractors, among others. The typical types of construction defect issues he has handled include, roof leaks, balcony deck leaks, window leaks, entry door leaks, plumbing pipe leaks, tub and/or shower leaks, sewer line leaks, mold, soil movement (subsidence), moisture intrusion through floors or foundations, cracking and/or uneven interior floors, cracking and/or uneven garage floors, cracking and/or uneven exterior concrete patios, driveways, walkways and/or retaining walls, landslides, lack of landscape drainage, water pooling around buildings, excessive stucco, wood, brick or stone wall cracks, pool leaks and spa leaks.
Mr. Perez has pursued real estate purchase and sale dispute cases including issues, such as, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, concealment and boundary line encroachment. He has handled cases involving real estate brokers, real estate sales agents, insurance companies, banks, commercial property owners, commercial tenants, residential homeowners and condominium homeowner associations. Mr. Perez has negotiated commercial building purchase agreements, commercial tenants' lease agreements and drafted developer/general contractor agreements with subcontractors
Mr. Perez has experience in personal injury matters arising from motor vehicle accidents, defective products, premises liability (slip & fall) dog bites and wrongful death cases arising from building failures.
Mr. Perez has represented numerous condominium homeowner associations and individual condominium unit owners in cases involving the enforcement of homeowner associations' covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&R's). Mr. Perez also has extensive experience dealing with property managers and property management companies
Mr. Perez has represented multiple business entities regarding a variety of legal issues, including, business acquisition, name infringement, contract drafting, contract negotiation, contract disputes and employee misconduct.
Mr. Perez has substantial litigation experience including, without limitation, dozens of mediations, jury and judge trials, more than one hundred depositions of experts and percipient witnesses, propounding and responding to extensive discovery in the form of multiple thousands of interrogatories, production of document demands and requests for admissions. Mr. Perez has conducted numerous visual inspections of buildings and their surroundings and attended multiple weeks of destructive testing upon buildings and their surroundings. Mr. Perez has significant experience in drafting and opposing numerous types of motions ruled upon by California Superior Court judges. Mr. Perez also represented the plaintiff in a case argued before the California Supreme Court regarding mediation. (Foxgate v. Bramalea, 26 Cal.4th 1.)
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