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Jeffrey L. Marcus, Esq.

Mr. Marcus founded the firm and has been a licensed attorney for over 31 years. His practice focuses on real estate and business law.

Mr. Marcus’ transactional practice areas include: commercial real estate leases, commercial real estate purchase and sale agreements, due diligence, title review, review and preparation of loan documents, easements, development of real property, advising common interest communities, advising real estate professionals, and structuring business entities.  

Mr. Marcus represents some of the largest commercial real estate developers, landlords and real property owners in California. 

Mr. Marcus’ litigation practice areas include: real estate related matters, leases, purchase and sale agreements, landlord/tenant disputes, land use and environmental issues, lot line disputes, homeowner association disputes, groundwater, professional liability, business disputes, and contract disputes. He has tried/arbitrated more than 50 cases involving complex litigation and has advised clients in sophisticated real estate and business matters.

His recent highlights: 

  • In calendar year 2020, Jeffrey Marcus handled over $145 Million in successful commercial real estate transactions representing sellers, buyers, and borrowers. 

  • In calendar year 2019, Jeffrey Marcus handled over $250 Million in successful commercial real estate transactions representing sellers, buyers, and borrowers. 

Mr. Marcus’ legal and business experience is wide and varied, having worked in private practice and served as Assistant Vice President, corporate counsel, to CB Richard Ellis, Inc., a publicly-traded full service real estate company. In his role as corporate counsel, he managed company legal activities and advised management on legal matters. As such, Mr. Marcus is cognizant of the business influences which affect his clients and shape their deal-making.  

Mr. Marcus attended University of Hartford, Hartford, CT and achieved a B.S.B.A. degree in 1982. He attended Whittier Law School, Los Angeles, California and received his J.D. in 1989. In law school he was member and coach of Moot Court Honors Board.

Mr. Marcus is a member of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and Ventura County Bar Association (Real Property Section). He is on Los Angeles County Superior Court Arbitration/Mediation Panel. He served on the Board of Governors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes.  And, he is AV rated with Martindale-Hubbell.

Cynthia R. Hodes, Esq.
Cynthia R. Hodes, Esq. is of counsel to the firm. Ms. Hodes has been practicing law in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties for over 3 decades. Early in her career, she worked for the Los Angeles office of Perkins Coie. Litigation is her primary area of practice involving commercial lease disputes, construction defects, easements, and disputes over common area maintenance charges and covenants conditions and restrictions. She has also handled cases involving the rights and obligations of shareholders, partners, and limited liability company members. After receiving the degree of Master of Public Health in Health Information Systems from UCLA, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. She completed the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Attorney Program and has experience with court and jury trials. 

Susan A. Marcus

Ms. Marcus is the firm’s administrator. Her responsibilities include account’s receivable and payable and secretarial services. Before joining the firm, she was office manager for Maude Stewart Millenary, a clothing and apparel company.  Ms. Marcus graduated UCLA in 1989 with a B.S. degree.

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