Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

Real Estate LawBusinesses, investors, homeowners and commercial property owners know that when they need local real estate law expertise, they can come to John S. Preston. No one knows the real estate market or legal issues in Oakland and Alameda County, California in more depth and no other attorney is a stronger advocate for his client’s rights, interests and investments.

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Security Law

Securities LawSecurities Law is a complex and dynamic area of the law has become difficult to litigate or mediate due to its ever-changing nature and the speed of transactions. Its international nature can also add an additional layer of complexity, so that transactions initiated in Oakland or Alameda County, California can have incredibly complicated implications. When it comes to alleged fraud, non-suitability, trade execution failure, breach of standard of care, non-disclosure, or excess and breach of fiduciary duty, you need someone local who understands the implications and procedures of securities law. You need John S. Preston.

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Personal Injury

personal-injuryWhenever someone is injured on your property, in your business or in your service, the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit is raised. Few things are more intimidating and stressful than a personal injury lawsuit, as it brings with it feelings of guilt and personal responsibility that can lead to poor decisions. The guidance of an experienced attorney and mediator can ensure that any business or individual in Oakland or Alameda County, California can protect themselves from the entire category of personal injury litigation: premises liability, slip and fall injuries, products liability, personal injury stemming from vehicular accidents, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, sexual harassment, accusations of discrimination, even dog bites.

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Mediation

MediationNo matter where you live, whether in Oakland or Alameda County, California, or anywhere else in the world, one fact pertains to any legal action that threatens to go into a courtroom: It is always worth attempting mediation first. Mediation is less costly, less time-consuming and less combative, and often solves disputes long before they clog up the local resources of the court system. When conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable professional such as John Preston, mediation is not only a better solution than litigation; it is also often mutually satisfactory.

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Arbitration

court gavel on top of a law bookEven in straightforward legal situations, disagreements over fees, practices or other decisions can lead to accusations of malpractice, bad faith and other disagreements. When these issues occur, the first thought is often a lawsuit to both punish the alleged transgressor and obtain relief from the court. But lawsuits – in any field – are never simple matters. They are costly, with attorney’s fees piling up, sometimes eclipsing the original fees being disputed, they are lengthy, and their outcome is never guaranteed even if the issues appear clear-cut.

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Attorney Fee Disputes

Attorney Fee DisputesHaving acted as a panel member as arbitrator and mediator for both NYSE and PSE, a private mediator, and as an expert witness on cases large and small, John S. Preston has the experience and tools to settle any attorney fee dispute in Oakland and Alameda County, California. He has an intimate knowledge of the workings of California law and law firms, and can utilize that knowledge to help determine the reasonableness and necessity of all attorney fees in a wide variety of situations.

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Business & Contract Law

ContractsThe cost of doing business in Oakland and Alameda County, California – or anywhere else in the country – is attention to detail. The details of any contractual agreement between your business and another entity can be advantageous and profitable if carefully crafted with full knowledge of all aspects of the law, or costly if the contracts you negotiate do not fully protect your interests. As a lawyer in practice for more than three decades, John S. Preston has deep connections to the local business community and an encyclopedic knowledge of the law as it pertains to local businesses.

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Internal Law

Law books on a shelfThe legal issues encountered by individuals and businesses involved in real estate and other transactions just in Oakland and Alameda County, California in general are complex enough. Add in the world outside of California and the issues become incredibly complex very quickly. Anyone involved in commerce outside of the United States needs an experienced guide to help them ensure their business is conducted legally and fairly in other countries – as well as according to local laws that may apply to the transactions.

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