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John T. Kontrabecki

John T. Kontrabecki

Commercial Real Estate Mediator, Advisor and Transactional Consultant
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Real Estate Law, Construction Law ...
  • California, Illinois
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Summary

Accomplished attorney and financier with over 30 years of experience advising companies in commercial real estate transactions, including legal entity formation, joint ventures, property acquisitions and sales, due diligence, land use planning and entitlements, secured and unsecured financing, construction contracts, litigation and arbitration.

Transaction oriented with significant experience in a wide range of commercial contracts, including reviewing, drafting and negotiating joint venture agreements, development agreements, construction contracts, public utility agreements (including service design, installation and power purchase), vendor agreements, service contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, real estate leases, secured and unsecured financing loan agreements, etc. Adept at working collaboratively and effectively with business principals and counsel on large scale real estate development projects to review relevant legal issues and to facilitate transactions to completion.

Skilled in business entity governance and general corporate matters, including entity formation and dissolution, corporate restructuring, planning and conducting shareholder meetings, drafting and maintaining corporate records and preparing required governmental filings.

Strong experience in both domestic and international real estate financing transactional practice. Extensive financing deal structuring and due diligence experience including reviewing and evaluating contracts, assessing property rights, determining necessary consents and notices, reviewing and negotiating closing documents and managing closings.

Adept at banking and financing matters, including reviewing and negotiating standard documentation for secured and unsecured lending transactions, including project financing, operating lines of credit secured by collateralized asset pools and municipal financing for infrastructure improvements.

Accomplished mediator.

Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Construction Law
  • Landlord Tenant
Additional Practice Area
  • Land Use Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Illinois
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
President and General Counsel
TKG International
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Founder, president and general counsel of commercial real estate investment, development and consulting firm.
Chief Financial Officer
Berg & Berg Developers
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CFO of Silicon Valley Based Industrial Real Estate Development Company.
Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank
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Real Estate Industries Group financier.
Associate Attorney
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
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Real estate practice including land use planning, construction and secured financing.
Education
Cornell University
MBA (1977) | Finance and accounting
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Cornell University
J.D. | Business law
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Cornell University
B.A. (1973) | Government, history and economics
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Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 95398
Member
Current
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Cornell Real Estate Council
Member
- Current
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Illinois State Bar Association
Member
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NAIOP
Member
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Urban Land Institute
Member
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American Bar Association
Member
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Certifications
Real Estate Broker
California Department of Real Estate
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
30 Questions Answered

Q. My roommates & I split the security deposit $170/each. How do we split it so that each person gets their money back?
A: This is not a legal question. It is a math question. If you paid $170 as one of 5 roommates and one withdraws, the remaining four roommates must pay you ($170/4 = $42.50 each) to return your share of the security deposit. If they rent to another roommate, then the new person will pay each of them $42.50 as his or her security deposit.
Q. Can I sue a bank for not releasing the lien on my house?House was paid on 12/31/19.Resulted to escrow not close on 3/20.
A: Your solution is with the escrow holder who closed the loan. It is probably a title insurance company. Before closing the loan, the escrow holder should have received a written release deed from the bank holding the mortgage. Make a written demand on the title company to either get the release deed or indemnify you against the lien. I am confident you will get this resolved without having the file a lawsuit.
Q. My husband and I would like to sell our 2 rental properties. We are 50/50 owners with a friend
A: It depends on how you hold the title. If you are tenants in common, then you can convey your interest by deed. However, if you have a partnership agreement, then transferring ownership will be governed by the partnership agreement. Most likely you will assign your interest in the partnership to the buyer. I would encourage you to have a written agreement that spells out the terms of the deal. There are also possible tax implications that you should run to ground with your accountant. Finally, I would conduct the transaction with the help of a title insurance company, get a preliminary title report, open an escrow, and get the title insurance updated upon closing.
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Contact & Map
PO Box 29263
San Francisco, CA 94129
Telephone: (415) 416-6860
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