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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 transactional practice includes trusts, LLCs, 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 throughout Central and Southern California. Our international and Personal General Counsel practice includes clients residing in the Middle East, Far East and Europe.

Our probate and trust litigation practice involves representing heirs, beneficiaries, claimants, co-owners and others who have an interest in, claim or contract involving 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. Our real property litigation practice involves residential estates and land and commercial properties located in the L.A.S.C. West District (Bel Air/Beverly Hills/L.A. County Westside/Malibu/West Hollywood), Santa Barbara County and Ventura County.

Alternative Fee Structures: Hourly, Flat Fee, Hybrid Reduced Hourly Rate or Flat Fee With Reduced Contingency Fee
In addition to traditional hourly billing, we will consider a negotiated flat fee for all or a portion of a transaction, a hybrid fee structure involving a combined reduced hourly rate or reduced flat fee plus a reduced contingent fee in specific matters (client is responsible for costs in all contingent fee arrangements).