Jeff has over 26 years of experience advising businesses and their owners in a wide variety of complex business, real estate, and tax matters. He represents clients in agriculture, health care, professional services, manufacturing, retail, hotel, travel, restaurant, real estate development, and employment placement.
Jeff's practice also includes representing banks and other lenders in structuring, negotiating, and documenting loans secured by real property, receivables, inventory, equipment, and other personal property. He also has experience in the sale of distressed assets and working out distressed loans in the context of bankruptcy and receivership proceedings.
BusinessJeff's business practice includes representing and advising owners and operators of private and closely held businesses (including family-owned businesses) on a wide range of legal matters. Such matters include:
Forming new businesses (including choosing the type of entity, structuring and forming the entity, and addressing succession planning through buy-sell arrangements and ownership and management structures);
Mergers, acquisitions, sales, and management buyouts;
Entity reorganizations and restructurings;
Acquisitions, sales, and leasing of real and personal property;
Conflict resolution among owners;
Resolution of tax controversies with taxing agencies;
Wealth preservation needs for individual clients: including wills, trusts, business succession planning, and gift and estate tax planning
Real EstateA significant part of Jeff's practice focuses on real estate matters. He represents and advises investors, developers, lenders, and businesses in the acquisition, development, construction, financing, management, operation, sale, and leasing of real estate. Jeff also has experience with condominium and timeshare projects and is familiar with the unique issues that apply to these types of real estate projects. Jeff's real estate experience includes:
Representing investors, developers, and businesses in the purchase and sale of real estate and construction of improvements on real estate;
Representing investors, developers and businesses in real estate-based financing, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting real estate loans secured by trust deeds, land sale contracts, and other financing transactions such as sale-leasebacks;
Representing sellers and buyers in tax-deferred "like-kind" exchanges of real estate under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code;
Representing landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, including ground leases, retail leases, build-to-suit leases, office leases, industrial leases, and assignments and sublettings of leases;
Representing real estate owners in various real estate matters, including options to buy/sell real estate, easements and licenses, resolving boundary disputes, and entity structuring and formation to hold and operate real estate investments.
Sussman Shank LLP
Jan. 1, 1996 -
Golden Gate University
Master of Science (M.S.)
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
Doctor of Law (J.D.)
University of California at Los Angeles