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James Alan Greer

James Alan 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 33 years: whether involving dispute management, transactional matters, consultation, or arbitration/mediation, 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.
Mr. Greer will pursue litigation on a case-by-case basis on behalf of these same clientele and subject matters (i.e. only selective litigation matters).
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
  • Construction Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Business Law
  • Free Consultation
    1/2 hour on the phone, free
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Initial telephonic discussion is gratis; thereafter fees range from $250 to $350 per hour, depending. Effort made to offer FIXED FEE for defined tasks/scope, and transactional matter, whenever possible.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
Real Estate Transactions 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.
Licensed General Contractor
CSLB - California State License Board
- Current
In order to serve his specialty, and utilize his background in development and construction, Mr. Greer achieved a General Contractor's License ("G.C.") in the State of California, meeting the requirements of four years hands-on experience in construction and development and passing the all-day practical examination. Under his G.C. license, Mr. Greer has procured, designed, and developed eight residential properties, and two commercial sites.
Founder of Law Firm - Real Estate and Construction Litigtaion
- Current
Mr. Greer founded his law firm in 1988 after 2 years In-House Counsel at a Real Estate Development Company. For the ensuing 30 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
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.
Senate Intern
Iowa State Senate
Selected from state-wide applicant pool, served as Senate Intern in lieu of senior year High School, including during special session for passage of nation's first "bottle deposit" legislation.
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 degree (in three years !) with double major in 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
2010 - 2020
Professional Associations
Colorado State Bar  # 27055
- Current
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California State Bar  # 129469
- Current
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American Arbitration Association
Civil Mediator
California Superior Courts
Licensed General Contractor
California State Contractors License Board
Legal Answers
54 Questions Answered

Q. Paying off my parent's mortgage and putting the title under my name
A: Dear Daughter/Son inquiring about assisting parents: To achieve your objectives (title transfer and lump sum mortgage payment) IRRESPECTIVE OF TAX RAMIFICATIONS, you'll need to: (a) determine the name and payment address of Lender and send lump sum final payment, (b) have attorney draft Quitclaim Deed and get title owners to sign before notary, (c) record Quitclaim Deed, then (d) follow-up with Lender to make sure they record a cancellation of the secured mortgage (i.e. usually a cancellation of a First Trust Deed). After that, YOU are the title owner. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CA and CO and has specialized in real estate matters for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party. 858.481.9006
Q. Newly purchased house found to have broken/fallen foundation. During escrow I paid a foundation contractor for estimate
A: Dear Foundation Issue Client: I'll make an effort to guide you, but the analysis of your potential claims are very much driven by the documentation that you have or don't have as the case may be). As to your Seller: you might have a potential "Failure to Disclose" claim if the Seller is now indicating "that it's been that way" as you mention in your question, and yet the Seller hadn't told you in the disclosure forms what the Seller knew about the foundation. As to prior owner (the "shims") they have no liability as they do not owe you a duty (their duty was to disclose to your Seller, and nothing more). As to the "Foundation Contractor": (A) if there was no writing for the $375.00 service you verbally agreed with the Contractor then that Contractor's potential liability will be limited to what the parties understood was his scope (emails ? texts ? any evidence of expected scope ?), and (B) it would seem a stretch that a foundation contractor would be marshaled with examination of your kitchen plumbing / drain system so I am less confident you would have an actiontionable claim against the Contractor for that kitchen drain problem. Summary: your foundation repair claim might fit into an actionable claim for "Failure to Disclose" but more analytical work by an attorney would be needed. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CA and CO and has specialized in real estate matters for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party. 858.481.9006
Q. Can a contractor charge me additional money after I paid the invoice in full?
A: Dear Questioner facing extra-contractual charges: I am unclear if you are the Contractor or the Owner in the description you provided. However, while there would be nuances in my legal analysis and recommendations depending upon your respective "role", the basic answer remains the same. In Colorado charges outside the agreed upon fixed contract amount are "extra contractual charges", sometimes referred to simply as "Extras". If you are the Project Owner you have rights that are more strictly construed construed in your favor, to wit: a contractor / subcontractor is not entitled to payment for work from an Owner that is alleged to have been an "Extra" unless the contractor / subcontractor first achieved either (a) a formal written Change Order, or (b) a lesser valid but still possibly enforceable (i) verbal acceptance of the extra followed by written confirmation (like emails), or (ii) a continuous past pattern between the two of you whereby you had consistently accepted and paid for verbal extras and this charge is consistent with that pattern and sequentially related to your prior accepted verbal extras. If you were the General or Prime Contractor of the subject project and this is your Subcontractor then the analysis relies more pointedly upon the terms of your subcontract and all of the background chronology of the bidding process, the bid or proposal from the sub, and conversations about the possibility of the subcontract price "going over" during the negotiation and formation of the subcontract. In other words, a Contractor-Subcontractor relationship is not bound by the same strict construction when looking at an Extra charge as with an Owner-Contractor relationship. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CO and CA and has specialized in real estate matters for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party. 303.818.8422
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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