Fred Pfister is a partner of White and Bright, and represents clients in real estate/business litigation and transactional real estate and business matters.
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.
- J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2008
- B.S., Indiana University – Kelley School of Business, 2001
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- 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
- Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Successfully prosecuted and defended actions brought in arbitration and court by the owners of businesses against one another, ranging from real estate development companies to automobile dealers, land owners and closely held companies
- Defended a limited liability company and defeated dissolution claims from a 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 a neighboring real property owner.
- Represented a commercial property owner in a dispute over shopping center restrictions during the leasing of the property to a national retailer.
- Represented a startup company in defense of lawsuit from a national timeshare company for fraud and breach of contract, resulting in a favorable settlement.
- Represent clients in insurance issues, including coverage disputes and insurance policy review.
- 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 controlling and minority shareholders in the sale of companies to private equity firms.
- Outside general counsel to several businesses, including a construction company, real estate developers, and real estate brokerages.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Essential Contracts in a Real Estate Transaction and Open House Updates - August 2020 - Presentation for North San Diego County Association of REALTORS® (Upcoming)
- Litigation Avoidance - August 2020 – Presentation for Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (Upcoming)
- Selling Real Estate Virtually – April 2020 – Presentation for Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS®
- Legal Update for COVID-19 – April 2020 – Presentation for North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®
- Red Flags in Real Estate Transactions – January 2020 – Presentation at the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS®
- Title and Ownership Disputes – July 2019 – Presentation at the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS®
- How a Litigator is Going to Sue You! – May 2019 – Presentation at the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS®
- Broker Risk Management – April 2019 – Presentation for the Risk Management Committee of the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®
- 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®
- Net Neutrality: An International Policy for the United States, 9 San Diego International Law Journal 167 (2007).
White and Bright News & Blog
April 2nd, 2020
On April 14, 2020 attorney Fred Pfister will present a legal seminar for the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS®. This virtual seminar is targeted to real estate agents and brokers to update them on recent developments surrounding the Coronav… Read More
March 4th, 2020
Cellular (“cell”) site leasing has become popular in San Diego County with the proliferation and increasing demand for cell phone and wireless bandwidth. This demand has created new opportunities for landowners in areas such as San Marcos, Oceans… Read More
June 13th, 2013
The California constitution protects its citizens from usury, which is the lending of money at excessively high interest rates. Although the California Constitution generally allows for a lender to contract with a borrower for a loan primarily for pe… Read More
April 12th, 2013
Adverse possession is often cited as a very narrow remedy in California due to the challenges in showing payment of property taxes. While California has a very short five year time period to acquire property by adverse possession, it famously require… Read More
January 23rd, 2013
What standard of care or contractual duty should be applied in order for a party to fulfill a “best efforts” requirement in a contract? This question is a frequently litigated topic in contract dispute cases, including real estate contracts, as..… Read More
November 4th, 2012
The recent decision in SCI California Funeral Services, Inc. v. Five Bridges Foundation (2012) 203 Cal.App.4th 549, confirms a new valuation approach for determining damages in the termination of an appurtenant easement. In this case, SCI California… Read More
October 22nd, 2012
The recent decision in Connolly v. Trabue (2012) 204 Cal.App.4th 1154, confirms that a property owner must be proactive to take affirmative steps if they want to prevent a prescriptive easement from being established over their property. A frequent t… Read More
October 4th, 2012
The agreed boundary doctrine is very often considered as one of the most straight forward legal doctrines. Essentially, if neighboring property owners agree on the boundary between their respective properties, that boundary becomes the property line,… Read More