Richard Michael Gee

Richard Michael Gee

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Bilingual (Spanish/English) legal specialist and consultant with substantive real property, business and intellectual property experience.Nearly 30 years’ experience in: Commercial real property acquisitions, finance, development, construction and leasing; Business formations, governance, mergers and acquisitions, foreign entity subsidiary transactions in U.S. jurisdictions; Regulatory and Compliance matters; Copyright and trademark registration matters as well as licensing transactions.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trademarks
  • Communications & Internet Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Colorado
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner/Shareholder
Richard M. Gee, a P.C.
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Private law practice emphasizing business, real estate and intellectual property transactions in California and Colorado, as well as related litigation. Recent representative transactions include: Representing a British publicly-traded provider of outsourced online customer acquisitions as special counsel in the negotiation of Spanish-language marketing service agreements with Latin American telecommunications companies; Representing a retail beverage client in an asset sale transaction as Seller’s counsel; Representing a restaurant client as Buyer’s counsel in the acquisition of several restaurant properties in Colorado, including advising on and forming holding and operating entities for each location and representing the client in liquor license proceedings for each location; Representing a Taiwanese investor in the restructuring of his holdings in a California venture capital stage technology corporation; Representing several Norwegian investors in real estate residential development transactions in Florida; Advising a Colorado debt management business, SaaS and consulting group in real property leasing matters, copyright and trademark matters as well as general business law matters.
Business Affairs Manager
Univision Music Group
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Senior in-house attorney under Vice President of Business Affairs at what was then the largest Latin music label, now part of the Universal Music Group. Responsibility over staff of 2 junior attorneys and support staff. Representative experience includes: Negotiating recording and licensing agreements as well as music publishing agreements ? General in-house counsel work; and Preparing and filing copyright registrations.
Partner
Gee & Sunada
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Representative experience includes: Serving as special real estate counsel for Hilton Hotels, Inc. in property acquisition transactions; Advising clients in and negotiating business and real property transactions; Advising and preparing estate and succession plans for clients.
Associate
Thorpe and Thorpe, a P.C.
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Representative work includes: Advising and representing clients in commercial real property financing, purchase, and sales transactions as well as office and shopping center landlords in leasing matters; Advising and representing clients on business transactions, including transactions in Latin America; Representing clients in litigation and arbitration matters.
Education
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
J.D. (1988) | Law
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Honors: Deans List, American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy
Activities: Phi Alpha Delta, Scott Moot Court
University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. (1984) | History
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Honors: Deans List
Activities: Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Order of the Omega
Professional Associations
Colorado Bar Association # 268792
Member
- Current
California State Bar # 137035
Member
- Current
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10 Questions Answered

Q. can a tenant remodel a home without permission and then move out and ask for thier money back
A: The answer is probably no. Usually, a lease requires the tenant to return the property to the landlord at the end of the term in the same condition in which the tenant received it, reasonable wear and tear excluded. Most leases also do not allow any material alteration of the premises without the written approval of the landlord. And no normal residential lease allows a tenant to make structural repairs without the landlord's approval. There are statutes that allow a residential tenant to make emergency repairs and then deduct the cost of those repairs from the rent payment, but these don't normally apply to a "remodel." You should get advice on this from a local California lawyer well-versed in residential landlord/tenant disputes and leases, as this is likely to be a litigated matter.
Q. A probate question involving a small, family owned C Corp - A son inherited shares, but refuses to sign Agreement.
A: I'm not a Michigan lawyer, and so cannot advise on Michigan law in this regard. I assume your corporation is a Michigan corporation. Normally, however, if there was no requirement in the will that the son agree to a shareholders agreement as a condition for getting his shares, then he is entitled to his shares without the agreement. Unless Michigan law says something different, a shareholder is normally not required to enter into such an agreement once the shares are legally his. Here, it appears they are. I would definitely try to buy him out or it may be a problem to close any sale of the business. You may have some other alternatives under Michigan law and I would STRONGLY advise that you contact a Michigan small business/corporate lawyer before doing anything further.
Q. what type of lawyer do I need ? we hired a contractor company to redo the kitchen, it was a 45 day job still going...
A: You probably need a Georgia licensed attorney with construction law experience. Look for Construction Lawyers. I would probably look for lawyers on this site and then look at those lawyers you find here who have been rated AV by the Martindale Hubbell lawyer directory near where your home is located, if not in the same town. www.Martindale.com
Q. What should I do to get started incorporating my new business?
A: I would recommend talking to an attorney about whether it makes more sense for you to incorporate or form an LLC from a tax and liability standpoint. Based on those answers, you can then decide whether to incorporate in Illinois or some other jurisdiction.
Q. Hired n told i was going to make 11.37 a hr, got it on paper n found out im getting only ten, is that against the law
A: Sounds like you've got a wage and hour claim. You should either contact an attorney who works in this area in your state or you may be able to call your state department of labor and see what they can do for you.
Q. We are preparing a trust agreement for a non-profit org, who should the agreement be between (trust & trustee)?
A: You do not need a trust agreement to form a 501(c)(3) organization. You need to file as a non profit corporation and follow the instructions on the IRS paperwork for applying for non-exempt status.
Q. I want to form a home improvement llc company in minnesota. If I am an llc company can I obtain building permits?
A: I am not admitted as an attorney in Minnesota, and so cannot give you legal advice on Minnesota law. However, I have never heard of a restriction on LLC's obtaining building permits in the states where I practice, California and Colorado. The bigger issue may be whether the LLC is licensed according to your state's contractor licensing laws, or the business licensing laws in city or county in which you operate. You may not be able to get a building permit if you do not have proof that you are the managing member of the LLC or, depending on your state contracting laws, if the LLC is not licensed. You should definitely discuss this with a lawyer who represents contractors in your state. Hope that is helpful.
Q. If I made an offer to my friend 1 to sell my furniture at Rs 20, 000 and he agrees to buy at Rs 19, 000. `
A: Normally, your friend would be considered to have made you a counteroffer at 19K Rs to your offer to sell at 20K Rs. If you did not accept the counteroffer, then no contract has occurred, because there has not been a "meeting of the minds" on the price of the goods. If that is the case, then normally your friend would have no case if you sell the furniture to a third party for a higher price. On the other hand, if you did agree to sell the furniture to your friend for his counteroffer price of 19K Rs, then normally a contract would have been formed and your friend would therefore have a case against you if you sell the goods to a third party. Of course, this assumes that there are no other facts, statutes, laws or contracts that would affect this analysis. In this regard, I would consult with a lawyer in the jurisdiction in which you are proposing to sell the goods.
Q. Deed held as husband & wife,(no vesting) husband passed, can wife remove name without going through probate?
A: If she is the only beneficiary of the husband's estate, then she might be able to file the death certificate with the county recorder claiming to be the sole beneficiary of the estate. An estate planning lawyer should be able to assist with that documentation.
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