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Jeffrey L. Marcus, Esq.
jeff@marcuslawgroup.com

Mr. Marcus founded the firm and has been a licensed attorney for over 28 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 2017, Jeffrey Marcus handled over $250 Million in successful commercial real estate transactions representing sellers, buyers, and borrowers. 

  • In calendar year 2016, Jeffrey Marcus handled over $200 Million in successful commercial real estate transactions representing sellers, buyers, and borrowers.

  • The firm successfully represented a real property owner wherein improvements were creeping down an improperly defendant manufactured slope.  Real property owner sued defendant in an attempt to force a repair to the slope and remediate the moving improvements seeking seven figure damages.  The firm successfully obtained an appellate court reversal of the trial court’s dispositive motion resulting in a real property owner favorable settlement.

  • The owners of two large parcels with ocean views disputed over access rights and trespass damages.  The firm's client was successful at trial in connection with quieting title to his property and trespass damages just below $1,000,000.   

  • A group of ten luxury large homes set up as a sub-association within a master-association were issued an 800% assessment increase for maintenance of common areas within the sub-association.  In gross, the assessments tallied well in excess of seven figures.  The sub-association successfully argued that the master-association’s governing documents (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions) did not allow for the assessment and judgment was entered in favor of the firm’s clients and against the master-association, resulting in no assessment.

  • He successfully represented in trial a business entity concerning a management dispute of a joint venture and dissolution of its assets totaling $200,000,000. 

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@marcuslawgroup.com
Cynthia R. Hodes, Esq. has recently become of counsel to the firm. Ms. Hodes has been practicing law in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties for over 27 years.  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. 

Niki Frank Stokols, Esq.
niki@marcuslawgroup.com

Ms. Stokols is of counsel to the firm and is admitted to practice law in the states of California and Texas.

Ms. Stokols was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Dallas and represented the city on a variety of complex federal and state court lawsuits involving real property construction delay-claims, zoning violations, anti-trust litigation in the cable television and taxicab industries, civil rights, and miscellaneous business torts. Her case load also included claims involving eminent domain, property damages, personal injuries, subrogation (worker’s compensation), and collections.

After moving to California, Ms Stokols became an associate with Kane, Ballmer, & Berkman. Her experience included representing the Community Redevelopment Agencies of the Cities of Whittier and Hawthorne.

Ms. Stokols took time off to raise a family. During this time she graduated from the first class of the Hadassah Leadership Academy, a three-year program. She has since held numerous portfolios for Hadassah on the ARC level and recently finished her second term as Education and IZAIA Chair on the Hadassah Southern California Cabinet.

Ms. Stokols graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, with a B.A. degree in 1980. She earned her J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman Law School, Dallas, Texas, in 1984. 


Susan A. Marcus
susan@marcuslawgroup.com

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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