Hoffman & Forde, Attorneys at Law, is a premier Real Estate Law Firm in San Diego. We help clients evaluate the business and legal issues affecting the real estate industry and handle diverse commercial real estate transactions and financing. We provide a full range of services to commercial real estate owners, investors, lenders and developers, with expertise in the following areas:

Purchase and Sales

We represent owners, investors, brokers, lenders and developers in all aspects of the purchase and sale of real estate, including the structuring, financing, tax planning, negotiation, documentation and closing of transactions of all levels of complexity. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the purchase and sale of all types of commercial, industrial and residential projects.

Options and Exchanges

We represent purchasers and sellers in the negotiating, drafting and closing of option and exchange agreements for all types of real estate projects.


Our commercial leasing practice represents both landlords and tenants in the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of retail leases, office leases, industrial leases, ground leases, sale-leaseback arrangements, build-to-suit leases and subleases and assignments of leasehold interests.

Development and Management

We represent developers, owners, investors, brokers and lenders in the development and management (or and redevelopment) of projects throughout Southern California.

Construction and Entitlement

We represent owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors with legal issues that arise in public and private construction projects. Our attorneys advise clients in all areas of land use regulation and project permitting. We also obtain local, state and federal land use permits and approvals for our clients.


We represent project owners and lenders in the structuring and documentation of debt and equity financing, mezzanine financing, lines of credit, like-kind exchanges and other financing transactions.

Real Estate Dispute and Unlawful Detainer

We assist clients in achieving cost-effective resolution of a wide variety of real estate oriented disputes through negotiation and mediation or, if appropriate, arbitration or litigation at all levels. We handle all types of matters, from evictions, unlawful detainer actions, complex litigation and breach of contract disputes. We provide prompt service and accurate, timely information to quickly assist in the recovery of lost rent, attorney fees and court costs.

Commercial Loan and Lease Workouts

We represent developers, owners and tenants in troubled real estate projects, investment workouts, debt restructurings and lease negotiations and renewals. We have successfully renegotiated commercial notes with workout solutions that are mutually beneficial to both our clients and their lenders. Our expert negotiators have been able to obtain favorable, permanent changes in the terms and conditions of our clients’ commercial loans and lease terms. Our commercial loan modification program has helped our clients keep their properties and be able to meet the cost of operations. We are dedicated toward helping our clients obtain the perfect workout solution customized to their needs. By developing and implementing effective workout agreements and reorganization plans, we are able to assist our clients in making the correct critical decisions necessary to save troubled businesses and assets. We also provide receivership, foreclosure, and insolvency-related litigation services in state and federal courts. These services include the defense of real and personal property judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, the defense of preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, representation in receivership proceedings, negotiating deeds in lieu of foreclosure, and negotiating the sale of distressed properties.

Residential Loan Workouts

If mortgage payments have become unsustainable, a loan modification may help to save your home. The purpose of a loan modification is to provide you with a mortgage payment you can afford. The process is actually very similar to a mortgage refinance but instead of entering into a new mortgage we work with lender(s) to modify the terms of our clients’ current mortgage. While it is not necessary to hire an attorney to arrange for a loan modification or other form of forbearance from a mortgage lender(s), obtaining proper legal advice from an experienced loan modification attorney helps ensure the best possible loan modification with lender(s) and may help preserve credit. We can help lower interest rate(s), extend the term(s) of loans, lower the principle balance of a loan and potentially get rid of a second mortgage. For clients behind in their mortgage payments we may be able help stop the foreclosure process.


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