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James A. Greer

James A. Greer

  • Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Arbitration & Mediation ...
  • California, Colorado
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Mr. Greer is expert in real estate and construction law for the past 35 years: whether involving consultation, dispute management, transactional matters, arbitrations, or trial, he has successfully served real estate and construction clientele (large and small) in all of their "phases" of need in California and Colorado. He is an extensivley experienced Attorney, a certified Arbitrator (i.e. private Judge), and a licensed General Contractor. Mr. Greer offers transactional work and consulting in real estate purchase/sale contracts, leases, and construction contracts; and he offers experienced guidance in any type of real estate matter from procurement thru development. His practice in the construction industry includes advising contractors, developers, design professionals, and owners. He serves clientele in the real estate industry by assisting buyers/sellers, lessors/lessees, brokers/agents, and mortgage brokers. He accepts appointment as an Arbitrator in construction and realty matters. And, Mr. Greer can be hired as an advocate in select litigation matters on a case-by-case basis on behalf of these same clientele and same types of subject matters (i.e. selective litigation matters as he has limited the number and extent of his litigation practice).
Truly, there is NO DISPUTE involving real estate or construction law that Jim Greer can not assist in a prompt, reasonable, and efficiently priced manner.
CALL FOR CONSULT: CO 303.818.8422; CA 858.481.9006.

Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Easements, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Residential Real Estate
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • Free Consultation
    15 minutes, first phone call, free
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Initial telephonic discussion is gratis; thereafter hourly fee is $400.00/hr. Effort made to offer FIXED FEE for defined tasks/scope, and transactional matters, whenever possible.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
Real Estate Consultant
- Current
Mr. Greer is hired to perform every type of Real Estate Transaction, including Purchase Contracts, Leases, Easements, Deeds, and Promissory Notes, in residential and commercial transactions. He is also called upon to offer advice to Developers for advice from "procurement, thru entitlement, and construction" where he is qualified to assist in every transactional aspect of the "life" of developing a property.
- Current
Serves as appointed Arbitrator (i.e. private Judge) in maters involving real estate and construction; over 350 arbitrations to date.
Founder of Law Firm - Real Estate and Construction Litigation
- Current
Mr. Greer founded his law firm in 1988 after 2 years In-House Counsel at a Real Estate Development Company. For the ensuing 35 years he and a staff of several associate attorneys successfully litigated and/or resolved in excess of 2200 litigation files involving a myriad of construction and real estate matters. Mr. Greer achieved results for large and small clients alike, allowing him to earn a reputation as one of the finest specialists in San Diego County and Boulder County (Colorado).
Chairman, County Board of Zoning Appeals
VOLUNTEER WORK: Boulder County Board of Zoning Appeals
Appointed County-Wide by Planning Commission to serve as Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals in Boulder County CO.
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. (1986) | Real Estate and ADR
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University of Iowa
M.A. | Master's Public Administration
Honors: Cum Laude, Master's degree in Public Administration.
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University of Iowa
B.S. (1981) | Economics and Political Science
Honors: Honors undergraduate degrees (in three years !) in both Economics and Political Science.
Activities: Chairman of Student Judicial Court; Vice-Chairman of Shelby County Democrat Party; State of Iowa Scholar (3 year scholarship).
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"BV" - exemplary attorney and well-established law practice
Martindale-Hubbell, professional attorney rating service
"BV" - exemplary attorney and well-established law practice
Martindale-Hubbell, professional attorney rating service
2010 - 2020
Professional Associations
Colorado State Bar  # 27055
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California State Bar  # 129469
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American Arbitration Association
Licensed General Contractor
California State Contractors License Board
Legal Answers
90 Questions Answered
Q. buyer/owner 'A' can hold the seller liable for non-disclosure. Can husband, owner 'B' do the same?
A: Dear Failure to Disclose Claimants: You asked if "owner B" has a right to join a claim against a Seller for a claim of non-disclosure. The first part of the analysis is quite straightforward: was Owner B a co-purchaser ? more particularly did Owner B sign the Purchase Contract ? In most cases, only if Owner B was in privity of contract can Owner B pursue a claim for breach of contract / negligence under standard C.A.R. residential purchase contract. The second part of the analysis is this: in a usual claim of this nature, the Claimant (Owner A) is seeking recovery either monetary damages or restitution, but the pursuit of those DAMAGES does not increase by virtue adding another claimant to the claim (I.e. adding Owner B). SUMMARY: if only Owner A was signatory to the purchase contract and Owner A incurred the losses/damages, then Owner A need not be concerned about trying to add another party as claimant (unless, of course, it is clear that Owner B was also signatory). Lastly, please pay attention to paragraph 22A and 22B before you initiate your claims processing. Best wishes, JAMES GREER
Q. If people pay me to find them floor installers and to manage them the job do I need to be licensed, insured or anything?
A: Dear Flooring Installation "Manager": This will not be a sugar-coated reply, and so for that I apologize; however, the conduct that you have described violates California State License Law as you are operating as a contractor without a license. "Finding someone to do the [flooring installation] job" and "making sure it is done right" and getting paid for those services ? That's performing as a contractor. You definitely have exposure to the CSLB and to each project owner for operating as a contractor without a license (exception: flooring jobs where the total installation cost is less than $500.00). You also have exposure for any negligent performance by the licensed/unlicensed tradespersons whom you are referring to the project (these tradespersons are your ostensible agents and impliedly your subcontractors). And, you may be exposed for injury claims brought by any tradesperson's laborers if their employing tradesperson does not have worker's compensation insurance coverage for the said laborers. For further detail as to the breadth of your exposure to project owners, please contact a reputable construction attorney. For further instruction on how to become a licensed contractor, examine the applicable CSLB websites. This will be a tough pill to swallow, but you should discontinue your present manner of operations based upon your exposure to possible (likely ?) future civil and/or administrative claims.
Q. What kind of lawyer do I need to hire?
A: Dear Client with recorded Lis Pendens: To answer the question "what kind of lawyer" that you need, the answer is: a construction litigation lawyer. I am concerned on your behalf when you mention that the Solar Panel supplier "served me for non-payment" - this connotes that you were served a LAWSUIT, correct ? Therefore, if you took the "advice" of your Contractor and didn't respond to the litigation timely, you may be facing a Default Judgment. I would urge you to get an understanding of the status of that lawsuit and try and put a stop to any sort of default against you. Lastly, it seems that your Contractor needs to also be contacted to see what, if anything, they are doing to defend you from the Mechanic's Lien pursuit by the Solar Company. SUMMARY: my advice is that you please seek legal counsel right away. JAMES GREER
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1942 Broadway, Ste. 314
Boulder, CO 80302
Telephone: (303) 818-8422
1221 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
Telephone: (858) 481-9006