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James A. Greer

James A. Greer

  • Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Arbitration & Mediation ...
  • California, Colorado
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D. P. March 23, 2022
Thank you for the all the legal advice! Thank you for listening, giving me good advice with some history to back it up! On a free consultation, you were able to give me more information than I even know what to do with! I like that you slowed your words when information became a bit more to write down and you made sure I understood what you were explaining to me!
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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/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation
    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 $550.00/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
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Top Contributor
Real Estate Attorneys, San Diego County, Top Contributor
"BV" - exemplary attorney and well-established law practice
Martindale-Hubbell, professional attorney rating service
2010 - 2020
Ranking of 10 (out of 10), San Diego Attorneys
2010 - 2023, highest ranking by AVVO under category for SAN DIEGO ATTORNEYS.
Professional Associations
Colorado State Bar  # 27055
- Current
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California State Bar  # 129469
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Licensed General Contractor
California State Contractors License Board
American Arbitration Association
Legal Answers
94 Questions Answered
Q. What is the price range for an attorney letter
A: Attorney Letter: The "price range" is dependent upon: (1) how many documents/emails/photos/invoices/back-charges/contracts and subcontracts/discussions are implicit in the task, and (2) is the client intending the attorney "ghost write" the letter as compared with the attorney becoming "of record". Most attorneys will analyze the client's replies to these two questions (for free), and then offer a Flat Fee to accomplish the task of drafting the legal demand letter. My experience, after 35 years of practice and related experience in performing a LOT of demand stage correspondence, is that the range is usually between $400.00 and $500.00, so long as the client is not asking for additional tasking thereafter as part of that Flat Fee. JAMES GREER. ... Read More
Q. When we purchased our home, we understood that there was a driveway easement, which provides us access to our property.
A: Dear Driveway Easement Owner: When an ingress/egress easement serves several properties the standard mechanism for maintaining the shared driveway is something called a "Maintenance Agreement". Typically this type of agreement requires a pro-rata contribution (based on percentage of road use or frontage) for the yearly division of the costs to maintain. You should begin by asking all appurtenant owners whether or not there is such an Agreement in place. If there's not, I'd suggest calling for a meeting of all users of the easement and try and work out an agreement. JAMES GREER
Q. Does a home builder have to provide documentation for materials purchased ? The contract is a lump sum.
A: Inquiry Re: Lump Sum Contract: The short reply is no, a Prime Contractor under a Lump Sum Contract is not required to show ANY of their costs (material charges, labor charges, etc). If your situation was "Cost Plus" then you are entitled to see the costs in order to verify the accuracy of, and basis for, the Contractor's invoices, because the invoices must contain the "Cost" [of materials and labor] plus Overhead and Profit marked upon those costs, in a Cost Plus situation. Here ? a lump sum arrangement does not entitle the owner to request any of the Contractor's costs, whether labor, material, equipment rental, and the like. NOTE HOWEVER: nothing herein obviates the requirement of a Contractor to supply No. 2 and No. 3 (and, eventually No. 4) Releases from the material suppliers whom have served a Preliminary Lien Notice upon the homeowner. ... Read More
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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
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