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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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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
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
Additional Practice Area
  • Land Use Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
President and General Counsel
TKG International
- Current
Founder, president and general counsel of commercial real estate investment, development and consulting firm.
Chief Financial Officer
Berg & Berg Developers
CFO of Silicon Valley Based Industrial Real Estate Development Company.
Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank
Real Estate Industries Group financier.
Associate Attorney
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
Real estate practice including land use planning, construction and secured financing.
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
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Cornell Real Estate Council
- Current
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Illinois State Bar Association
- Current
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Urban Land Institute
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American Bar Association
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Real Estate Broker
California Department of Real Estate
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Legal Answers
42 Questions Answered
Q. Whats the easiest way to buy a reltive out from their percentage on a property
A: Make a cash offer. Open escrow with a title company if the offer is accepted. Ask the title company to prepare a quitclaim deed from the family member transferring the title to you. Ask the family member to sign the deed and deposit the deed into escrow. Deposit the cash into escrow. The title company will record the deed first and then release the funds to your relative.
Q. Should my partner and I purchase our home as a joint tenancy or TIC? We are unmarried; He has kids from prior marriage.
A: Joint tenancy means each of you will own an undivided one-half interest in the property, and it includes the right of survivorship. Right of survivorship means if one of you should pass away, the person who passed would automatically transfer his or her ownership to the surviving person,. This would cut out his children from inheriting his one-half interest.

A tenancy in common means each of you will own an undivided one-half interest in the property. If one of you passed away, the decedent's interest would automatically pass to his or her heirs. In your case, if your friend died his children would inherit his undivided interest in the house. You could name an heir in your will or you could transfer title upon your death to your closest living relative(s). Your heir(s) or your friend's heirs also would have the legal right to petition a court for dissolution of the tenancy in common and force the sale of the property. ... Read More
Q. If my ex bought a hot tub for my birthday in 2019 and it's been on my property, can he remove it without my permission?
A: If it was a gift, the answer is no. When a gift is made it transfers the title to the recipient of the gift without consideration or payment. As a practical matter, if he wants to take it back, let him because it means your relationship is over.
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PO Box 29263
San Francisco, CA 94129
Telephone: (415) 416-6860
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