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Frederick W. Pfister

Attorney Fred Pfister

Email: fpfister@whiteandbright.com
Phone: 760-747-3200
Fax: 760-747-5574
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Fred Pfister is a partner of White and Bright, and represents clients in real estate/business litigation and transactional real estate matters.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2008
  • B.S., Indiana University – Kelley School of Business, 2001

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

Mr. Pfister’s legal practice focuses on litigation, primarily involving commercial and residential real estate matters, such as disputes concerning real estate sales and ownership, partnership disputes, breach of lease, title issues, purchase/sale transaction disputes, agent and broker defense, easement disputes, encroachments, boundary disputes, commercial unlawful detainer, breach of contract, indemnity issues, and other commercial disputes.

Mr. Pfister also represents numerous business entities and individuals in transactional matters, including entity formation, real estate and business transactions, commercial leases, and general counsel representation.

Mr. Pfister also devotes substantial time advising clients in pre-litigation matters to resolve potential disputes and help avoid the cost and uncertainty of litigation. Mr. Pfister’s business experience and multifaceted practice is a substantial benefit to position his clients to achieve the best business solution for them. Litigation is expensive, time consuming, and often comes with significant lost opportunity costs incurred while an individual or business is focused on litigation, rather their core business. Whether he is representing individuals or business, Mr. Pfister focuses on his client’s needs and future success.

Prior to White and Bright, Mr. Pfister was an associate with a boutique San Diego law firm, where his practice focused on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on real estate and insurance matters.  Mr. Pfister started his legal career focused on business reorganizations through the chapter 11 bankruptcy process, and in business litigation.

Prior to entering law school, Mr. Pfister was an information technology consultant and project manager for internet and software companies. Mr. Pfister holds a Computer Information Systems degree from Indiana University.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS, ADMISSIONS & AWARDS

  • 2016, 2017, 2018 Super Lawyers – Rising Star
  • Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court
  • Urban Land Institute, San Diego & Tijuana
  • Small Scale Infill Development Council – Urban Land Institute
  • Building Industry Association – San Diego
  • North County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

LITIGATION

  • Defended limited liability company and defeated dissolution claims from member of the LLC.
  • Represented a real estate developer in a breach of an indemnity agreement lawsuit.
  • Defended numerous real estate brokers and agents in non-disclosure, negligence, and fraud claims.
  • Represented a private school in the defense of a boundary and easement lawsuit with neighboring real property owner.
  • Represented commercial property owner in a dispute over shopping center restrictions during the leasing of the property to a national retailer.
  • Represented private lenders in a breach of fiduciary duty arbitration against a mortgage broker, obtaining a verdict for over $1.4M.
  • Represented startup company in defense of lawsuit from national timeshare company for fraud and breach of contract, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Representation of clients in insurance issues, including coverage disputes and insurance policy review.

TRANSACTIONAL

  • Represented real estate developers in private loan transactions, construction contract negotiation, easement issues, commercial leasing, and purchases of real property.
  • Represented land owners in the drafting of easements and related documentation.
  • Represented commercial landlords and tenants in commercial and industrial lease transactions.
  • Represented a controlling shareholder in the sale of a software company to a private equity firm.
  • Outside general counsel to several small businesses, including construction company, real estate developers, and real estate brokerages.

PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Managing Your Transaction from A to Z – October 2018 – Presentation at the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®

Legal Update 2018 – May 2018 – Presentation at the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®

Red Flags in Real Estate Transactions – March 2017 – Presentation at the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®

Will Solar Panels Have an Impact on Your Real Estate Transaction – February 2017 – Presentation at the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®

The End of Dual Agency? – December 2016 – Presentation at the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®

Red Flags in Real Estate Transactions – October 2016 – Presentation at the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®

Red Flags in a Transaction Are Not Always Visible – May 2016 – Presentation at the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®

Will Solar Panels Have an Impact on Your Real Estate Transaction – January 2016 – Presentation at the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®

Important Considerations Before Leasing Your Property as a Wireless Cell Site – November 2013

California Usury Exemption for Real Estate Brokers– June 2013

Tax Exempt Organization? Watch Out for Adverse Possession – April 2013

Interpretation of “Best Efforts” Clauses in Real Estate Contracts – January 2013

Valuation of an Easement – Appreciation in Value of the Servient Tenement – December 2012

Its Your Obligation to Defend Against Prescriptive Easements – October 2012

The Doctrine of Agreed Boundaries Requires an Actual Agreement – October 2012

Net Neutrality: An International Policy for the United States, 9 San Diego International Law Journal 167 (2007).


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