Copyright 2017 Earle Gary Goodman

We Are Focused On Sophisticated Luxury Estates, Commercial Real Estate, Portfolio, LLC Transactions; Estate Plans; Trust and Probate Litigation

Legally Sophisticated Clients Select and Refer Our Firm Because We Are Highly Experienced, Effective and Involved
We provide experienced, independent and trusted professional legal services at the highest level of personal attention to our clients and personal involvement with them on the matters for which we are assisting them. We are independent, flexible and not restricted by firm policies and committee decisions in addressing the economic and other material issues that our clients consider when engaging legal counsel.

We Offer Pragmatic Experience Having Served as General Partner/General Counsel to a Multi-Member Family Limited Partnership
Earle Goodman is Martindale-Hubbell AV rated (5.0 of 5.0) and has been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers under real estate law for over 25 years. Earle comes from a long time Southern California real estate family which was noted for owning numerically one of the largest portfolios of Southern and Central California real estate. Earle served as General Counsel and General Partner of a limited partnership subsequently formed to own, manage and implement the orderly disposition of these properties. As such, he not only dealt with ongoing real estate and business contractual, litigation, legal and management issues, but also with the personal issues involved in operating a company with multiple family and corporate partners and numerous unrelated property co-owners, each with their own personal financial and operational preferences. He also personally owned, hands-on constructed and remodeled estates in Bel Air, Hollywood Hills and Malibu Point Dume Bluff. Today, Earle continues to takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the practice of law.

We Have the Perspective of Both an Experienced Transaction and Litigation Attorney
With both a litigation and transaction background, Earle structures, negotiates and drafts sophisticated real estate, business, corporation and LLC transactions with the insight and perspective of a litigation attorney who litigates the weaknesses and flaws of a transaction or contract and he represents parties in resolving real estate, business, LLC and corporation disputes with the insight of a transaction attorney who structures complex transactions. As a licensed real estate broker (BRE License No. 01096576), Earle understands the perspective of a broker as well as a principal and attorney in negotiating real estate purchase transactions and leases.

We Maintain the Confidentiality of Our Clients, Respect Their Privacy and Security and Do Not Identify Them in Firm Promotions
We represent U.S. resident and foreign individuals and families and their family owned entities. Many of our clients are noted celebrities in the entertainment industry, international dignitaries, CEOs and others who value and need to protect their privacy. At their request and for their security, except as otherwise required in litigation or government filings, we maintain the confidentiality of the identity of our clients and the matters on which we are assisting them.

We Have an International and Regional Practice.
Our law practice includes real estate and businesses located and individuals residing in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Consequently, when in-person meetings are scheduled, we usually meet with our clients where they are located and can arrange for conference room accommodations in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Westlake Village, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. Although our practice is primarily in these geographical areas, we represent our international and local clients in real estate and business transactions throughout California and review national and international transactions.

*Our probate and trust litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") practice includes actions and petitions involving residential and commercial real estate, individuals, business entities and probates and trusts subject to the jurisdiction of the Probate Court Division of the Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and Los Angeles County Superior Courts.

Alternative Fee Structures: Hourly, Fixed, Hybrid Contingency, Commission Based Compensation.
In addition to traditional hourly billing, we will consider a negotiated fixed fee for all or a portion of a transaction, a hybrid fee structure involving a combined reduced hourly rate plus a reduced contingent fee in specific matters (client is responsible for costs in all contingent fee arrangements) and a profits participation interest in a venture. As a licensed California real estate broker (BRE License No. 01096576), subject to California State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct and ethics opinions and California real estate laws and regulations, Earle will consider accepting a commission based real estate commission in lieu of a legal fee for legal services.