Practice Areas

For more than 35 years, we have represented clients throughout Southern California in virtually every major industry in lawsuits and transactional matters ranging from real estate broker non-disclosure cases to complex trust litigation to estate planning. Our attorneys are among the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in San Diego. We find that many of our clients initially request services for one matter, only to then expand the relationship as their needs change.

Real Estate

Real estate has been the cornerstone of White and Bright’s practice since the firm’s inception in 1981. Real Estate Transactions Whether you are buying, selling, getting or granting an option, leasing, exchanging, making a gift of real property,… Read More

Commercial Leases

Entering into a commercial lease can have long-term consequences for your business — and the best time to protect your rights is before the contract is even signed. But regardless of how skillfully a lease might be negotiated and drafted, it’… Read More

Purchase and Sale Agreements

When it comes to commercial or residential real estate transactions, the stakes can be high. Real estate deals often involve a significant investment and a substantial amount of risk. Whether you’re buying or selling, one of the most critical docum… Read More


If you have a legal matter involving any issue relating to an easement for real property, our real estate attorneys can assist you. Our work includes the full range of services relating to all types of easements, including those created by an express… Read More


An essential part of our real estate practice at White and Bright is preparation of deeds for transfer of real property. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all types of real estate transactions and with all the different types of deeds used i… Read More

Subordination Agreements

Our White and Bright real estate attorneys assist clients with all types of subordination agreements relating to real estate. Subordination agreements, which change the otherwise chronological priority of liens on a property, are often necessary when… Read More

Corporate & Business Law

White and Bright’s corporate and business attorneys offer individualized entity formation, business planning, contract advice and drafting, and counsel on matters ranging from corporate governance to succession planning. The clients we represen… Read More

Security Agreements

Our White and Bright business attorneys assist clients with all aspects of security agreements relating to business operations. Since a security agreement provides collateral for a loan by creating a security interest in specific property, the terms… Read More

Corporate Governance

Matters relating to corporate governance are addressed at the inception of a business and also often arise during ongoing operations as a business changes and grows. Regardless of when they need to be addressed, our experienced corporate and business… Read More

Closely Held Businesses

Our corporate and business practice at White and Bright serves many closely held businesses, which face unique challenges and requirements. Long-standing relationships with many of our clients attest to our success in this part of our practice. Our a… Read More

Business Entity Formation

From partnerships and joint ventures to limited liability companies and corporations, White and Bright’s business attorneys handle every aspect of entity formation, including: drafting the agreements, bylaws, and buy-sells; filing the necessary… Read More


Transactions form the foundation for the operations and success of any business. Negotiating and finalizing the details of any transaction includes many opportunities for refining rights and obligations. To maximize the success of a transaction — a… Read More


Contracts are an essential and ongoing part of any business. The terms of a contract determine the rights and obligations of the parties to the agreement. Because of that fact, every business needs to ensure that its contracts protect the business to… Read More

Promissory Notes

A promissory note is an instrument by which a debtor promises to pay a certain amount of money to a creditor. These notes are useful when the debtor is making payments on a set schedule rather than one lump-sum payment. Promissory notes govern the te… Read More


White and Bright, LLP’s San Diego based litigation practice is a diverse practice representing clients in all facets of litigation from case evaluation, mediation and arbitration, through trial in California and Federal Courts. Our attorneys unders… Read More

Business Litigation

Our business litigation attorneys understand that businesses have to deal with many practical, financial, competitive, and strategic challenges to overcome today’s challenges and make a profit. Our attorneys work with our business clients to develo… Read More

Real Estate Broker Litigation

As an element of our substantial real estate practice, White and Bright has experienced practitioners in the field of broker litigation and is the preferred law firm for several large brokerages in San Diego. White and Bright has handled hundreds of… Read More

Construction Litigation

Contractors don’t always receive payment for their work. The law provides powerful legal remedies to ensure payment for work. White and Bright extensive history in real estate law includes a wealth of experience handling construction collection pro… Read More

Commercial Debt Collections and Enforcement of Judgments

White and Bright handles collections of business debts from pre-lawsuit collection to obtaining judgments and enforcement of judgments. We believe the key to commercial collections is obtaining an attachment lien on the debtor’s assets through the… Read More

Creditor Representation

At White and Bright, we understand that one of the most important parts of your business is being paid for the goods and services you provide. Therefore, we also offer creditor representation to strive to create a cost-effective plan to obtain the be… Read More

Partnership Disputes

Business partners often disagree, but they usually work out their differences. Occasionally, they cannot resolve a dispute and the business is placed at risk. White and Bright’s business and corporate attorneys have handled partnerships at all… Read More

Contract Disputes

Contracts are promises that govern relationships between one or more persons, businesses, or governments. White and Bright contract disputes attorneys are experienced in evaluating the rights and obligations of each party to a contract, and will hone… Read More

Encroachment, Easement and Boundary Disputes

San Diego real estate is valuable and there is little that is more irritating than an encroachment, easement, or boundary dispute between neighbors. It is a high stress situation that can decrease the enjoyment of your property. When all else fails a… Read More

California Personal Injury Litigation Attorneys

Unexpected accidents can happen at any time. When they do, it’s important to have an attorney on your side who can fight for your right to the compensation you deserve. The personal injury attorneys at White & Bright, LLP have a strong track re… Read More

Quiet Title Litigation

White and Bright has experience in handling a very specialized area of real property law involving quiet title issues. Quiet title is involved whenever there are adverse claims to either real property or personal property. This includes disputes over… Read More

Trusts, Estates & Probate

At the law firm of White and Bright, LLP, our attorneys provide full-service legal counsel and representation for matters relating to trusts, estates, and probate throughout San Diego and North County, and beyond. Our broad range of services ensures… Read More

Estate Planning

Our experienced estate planning attorneys at White and Bright assist clients with all aspects of creating an individualized estate plan. Our primary goals are to promote family harmony, avoid probate, and minimize estate taxes. You can count on us to… Read More

Probate Administration

Probate occurs at a time that is already difficult for a family. A primary goal of our White and Bright probate administration attorneys is to shoulder as much of the burden as possible, allowing family members to avoid the confusion and worry about… Read More

Trust Administration

When an estate includes a trust, there are a number of specific steps involved in trust administration. Our experienced Trust Administration Attorneys assist the trustee throughout the process to ensure that all legal requirements are met. We help th… Read More

Estate and Gift Tax Planning

One of the most important aspects of estate planning is minimizing taxes. While California no longer has a state estate tax or inheritance tax, federal estate tax and gift tax laws must be taken fully into consideration as part of any estate plan. Th… Read More

Property Tax Planning

In California, death of a real property owner usually creates a change of ownership that may result in reassessment of the property and an increased property tax. Consultation with our experienced property tax planning attorneys at White and Bright m… Read More

Trust & Estate Litigation

At the law firm of White and Bright, LLP, our attorneys provide representation in litigation arising from disputes involving trusts and estates throughout San Diego and North County, and beyond. We handle the full range of trust and estate controvers… Read More

Financial Elder Abuse

Our trust and estate litigation practice at White and Bright includes assisting clients with situations involving financial abuse of elders through wrongful deprivation of property injurious to the elder. We fully utilize California’s extensive bod… Read More

Will Contests

Family disagreements over the validity or provisions of a will following the death of a loved one inevitably involve emotional conflicts that can disrupt a family permanently. In addition, the economic consequences often are significant for one or mo… Read More

Fiduciary Litigation

A fiduciary who holds a position of trust with respect to another person owes specific duties under California law. If a breach of those duties occurs, litigation may be necessary to resolve the issues that result from the violation of duty. White an… Read More


When direct negotiations between attorneys for the parties do not yield a settlement in a court case, voluntary mediation by a neutral third party may provide a viable alternative. Our White and Bright trust and estate litigation attorneys have exten… Read More

Trustee Litigation

Under California law, a trustee owes specific fiduciary duties to the trust beneficiaries, including the duty of loyalty. A trustee also has the duty to act reasonably and prudently in administration of the trust. Any breach of duty by a trustee can… Read More

Employment Law

Employment law can be confusing. As an employer, you need to be mindful of both state and federal laws, ensure that your employees are classified correctly, paid correctly and trained correctly. Even simple mistakes can lead to costly results. It’s… Read More

Employee Handbooks and Policies

As an employer, it is critical that you have legally compliant and enforceable policies and procedures for your employees. An employee handbook provides employees an overview of policies that are specific to your company, in addition to other relevan… Read More

Human Resources Assistance

As an employer, you have probably already learned that you cannot prepare for every possible outcome. This is no truer than dealing with employee issues through your human resources department and/or manager. Employers face a litany of issues relatin… Read More

Employment Law Litigation

Lawsuits can happen. You may feel you did everything possible in attempting to rectify an employee issue only to be served with a lawsuit out of the blue months later. This can feel devastating. However, you are not alone – the employment litig… Read More

Asset Protection

Offshore trusts are a crucial asset protection strategy that can help safeguard your wealth and protect your assets from seizure. Significantly, you needn’t have accumulated a certain level of affluence before you can set up a trust in a foreign ju… Read More

A Primer On Assets Protection

“Asset protection” might not be a phrase with which you are familiar. However, most people engage in asset protection to some degree every day to minimize their risk exposure. For example, if you have a home or automobile, you likely have liabili… Read More