Gerald Barry Dorfman

Gerald Barry Dorfman

  • Real Estate Law, Business Law, Personal Injury ...
  • California
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I am responsible for all matters handled by my office. Paralegals, law clerks and associates may be utilized in appropriate situations, but the buck stops with me. Intentionally remaining small has enabled me to continue to provide unparalleled personal attention and confidentiality. My clients are the reason I am here, and I work hard for the best results possible. I am honored by the trust placed in me, and strive to maintain it at the highest level. You are entitled to understand the law applicable to your matter and the options available, as well as my best advice. I have served hundreds of satisfied clients over the years and look forward to continuing to serve with determination, skill and integrity.

Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Elder Law
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Additional Practice Area
  • Litigation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Through PayPal and Venmo.
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees range from 15% to 45%. These apply to personal injury cases, and select other matters.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Regular hourly rate is $450.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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Columbia University
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UC Hastings COL
Law Degree
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100 Trust Rating
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 107581
- Current
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Legal Answers
537 Questions Answered
Q. Can a landlord in California do annual inspections on a rental apartment?
A: Civil Code section 1954 covers the landlord's right to enter a dwelling unit. It does NOT provide for general "inspections". Any provision in a lease or rental agreement purporting to have a tenant waive their rights under section 1954 is void [Civil Code section 1953(a)]. You should read the entire section 1954, as it provides the procedure to be followed and details the purposes for which entry can be made. An intentional significant violation of section 1954 can have negative repercussions for a landlord. A landlord is prohibited from retaliating against you for exercising your rights under section 1954. That does not mean you should always refuse inspections, as they can also be beneficial to you, but you need to be aware of your rights in deciding whether to do so.
Q. Any recourse for a tree trimmer that entered my yard, cut a tree, scared my wife, left gate open while rushing away?
A: You may be able to recover up to three times the value of the tree plus attorney fees, and property damage for the sprinkler and fence, as well as damages for trespass. You are more likely to be satisfied with the result if you have a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney representing you. Start calling around.
Q. How do I complain if a property manager violates this code for over ten years?
A: A resident property manager is required for 16 units, not 6.
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Mailing Address
PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Telephone: (415) 389-9590
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