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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.

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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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.
American Arbitration Association
Licensed General Contractor
California State Contractors License Board
"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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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
    15 minutes, first phone call, free
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Initial telephonic discussion is gratis; thereafter fees range from $350 to $400 per hour, depending. Effort made to offer FIXED FEE for defined tasks/scope, and transactional matters, whenever possible.
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
Legal Answers
Q. Construction: we are using a contractor who we’ve lost confidence in.
A: Dear Major Rebuild With Contractor Troubles: these types of situations are tricky, and it's nearly impossible in this forum to issue out a set of instructions to you (this, from a 35 year attorney who is a developer and a licensed Contractor). You have overlays of Contractor's counter-claim of breach and even Mechanic's Lien. Everything needs to be IN WRITING leading up to any sort of termination. The dispute mechanisms in the Construction Contract come into play as well. All I can say at this point is that if there's a sizable amount of money at stake, investing in a solid experienced construction attorney will be well worth the minor cost of guiding you through these next difficult steps.
Q. Is there a legal document to allow one person on a mortgage to leave without liability or claim to future proceeds?
A: Dear Property Split Questioner: Certainly a competent attorney could draft the Agreement that addresses the splitting of the equity in the house and the other particulars as to manner of division between these parties. However, the biggest challenge to the expressed "goal" of either/both parties escaping future liability in this type of potential transaction is this: they are both signatories to the Loan and even if they try and contract around the liability for mortgage payments, unless the Mortgage Lender accepts the new arrangement in writing (a rarity) going forward the Lender is entitled to pursue EITHER PARTY for failed payments under the "joint and several" exposure that each party has as signatory on the Loan. The only true way to negate that exposure under the Loan is: (1) a refinance by the the party whom desires to own the property, or (2) a sale and loan payoff. Lastly, and while this only happens occasionally, you should know that technically the making of an agreement between two parties to obviate a loan payment by one or the other is a potential breach of the loan terms which can open the door for the Lender to call the loan in default (this event occurred with more regularity in 2008 and 2009 when the lenders were holding realty assets that were worth less than their security).
Q. How do I get rid of an easement that goes through both mine and neighbors properties? I want to separate properties
A: Dear Easement Issue Owner: This issue is too "heady" for a brief reply on this forum. While we have MANY qualified attorneys whom participate in the JUSTIA system, I don't think any of us can make a thoughtful response to this issue without MUCH MORE information/documents/history. If the easement is recorded, you aren't able to merely "nullify it". The plain fact that that one party to an easement agreement wants out, certainly doesn't make it a certainty that will be the outcome. The analysis includes Dominant Tenement and Servient Tenement purposes, and the applicability of California case law which flows from Civil Code sections 801-813. Your respective Grantor-Grantee easement relationship requires: legal analysis, potentially a demand-and meeting stage, and thereafter potentially litigation. I am sorry for this explanation but you may as well know that the easement laws are complex (and sometimes quite emotional). I would urge you to present all of your paperwork and issues to a Fresno-based real estate attorney - it will be worth it in the long run for you to get a better understanding of Easement Laws.
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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