Hon. Jeffrey King (Ret.)

T: 909-942-5942
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Real Property

Justice King (Ret.) has extensive experience resolving real estate disputes at all stages of litigation. As a former appellate court justice, he has issued numerous opinions related to real property cases. He was also highly regarded on the court for his skills in mediating cases on appeal.

During his time on the San Bernardino County Superior Court bench, he presided over proceedings and trials relating to real property claims, and oversaw the county’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) litigation.

Justice King has a deep understanding of real estate litigation involving public, residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural properties. He is well versed in the accounting and valuation involved in eminent domain cases, and has experience handling claims that arise between governmental entities and property owners.

Representative Matters

  • CEQA matters involving:
    • 230,000 square foot commercial development
    • Closure of schools
    • Housing development at base of large mountain in national forest
    • Impact of residential development on water supplies and agricultural land use
    • Housing development built adjacent to wildlife preserve
    • Large retail development
    • City’s extension of approvals and development plans for one-year duration
    • Necessity for EIR on approval of lots for housing development and award of attorney’s fees under theory of private attorney general
    • 28-acre commercial site involving large retailer
    • 275,000 square foot shopping center
    • Dealing with restoration of wetland area and effect on existing habitat
  • Easements
    • Dispute relative to alleged view easements of homeowner’s over adjacent golf course
    • Effect of offers of dedication subject to improvements
    • Action for damages for failure to record deed granting nonexclusive access easement
  • Eminent Domain
    • Eminent domain matter with challenges to resolution of necessity based on lack of due process and issuance of writ of possession prior to determinations of right to take and just compensation
    • Matter involving business’ loss of goodwill where ability to relocate was in dispute because of local land use ordinances
    • Valuation in eminent domain matter where improvements were made by landowner after service of summons of eminent domain action
    • Date of valuation in quick-take eminent domain matter, where original deposit was not in the full amount
    • Date of valuation on quick-take eminent domain action where property substantially increased in value following deposit
    • Eminent domain action relative to just compensation for taking balanced against entity’s right to dedication of roadway under specific plan
    • Valuation of taking of temporary road easement for use during dam construction
  • Foreclosure
    • Action to set aside foreclosure based on trust deed being void for lack of consideration
    • Wrongful foreclosure with alleged violation of Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
    • Fraud as to foreclosure on deed of trust
  • Inverse Condemnation
    • Land owner contended that local municipality inversely condemned its property by amending the general plan and zoning ordinances to restrict allowable usage of the property
    • Inverse condemnation relative to damage to houses caused by the construction of freeway
    • Action by downstream owners as a result a storm water breaching drainage channel
    • Alleged inverse condemnation resulting from flooding over county roadways
    • Action against state for failing to approve and process pharmacy permit application. State refused to approve sale of pharmacy and transfer of pharmacy permit.
  • Land Sale Agreements
    • Application of collateral estoppel and res judicata to real estate land purchases
    • Petition to compel arbitration of claim under real estate option agreement
    • Legal malpractice relative to land sale agreement
    • Enforceability of arbitration agreement on land sale agreement
    • Breach of contract on purported sale of real property for failure to deliver title and whether buyer was ready, willing, and able to purchase property
    • Entitlement to finder’s fee on sale of real property
    • Breach of contract on land deal, with issue of statute of frauds and integration clause
    • Allegations of fraud in real estate purchase relative to facts being concealed as to compliance with building codes
    • Extrinsic fraud in land sale agreement
  • Mechanic’s Liens
    • Judgment based on stop notice and foreclosure of mechanic’s lien by supplier
    • Claim on payment bond and performance bond for money charged for extra work
    • Foreclosure of mechanic’s lien and determination of prevailing party for purposes of attorneys’ fees
    • Timeliness of action against surety on payment bon
  • Partition
    • Partition of apartment complex as to percentage of interest of parties
    • Enforceability of agreement regarding partition of real property
    • Partition of raw acreage between tenants in common
  • Partnership Disputes
    • Partnership dispute over loans in connection with real property development
    • Liability of co-lessee not joined in original suit against other lessees
    • Liability of co-lessees under commercial lease agreement
  • Title Disputes
    • Priority of title between competing grantees of same real property
    • Cancellation of quitclaim deed based on undue influence
    • Cancellation of note secured by deed of trust based on usurious interest on the note
    • Construction provision dealing with right to renew lease
    • Rights of optionee to purchase real property where there are opposing interests created in the real property subsequent to date of option
  • Miscellaneous
    • Suit involving private nuisance and violation of CC&Rs
    • Challenge to county’s authority to abate nuisance
    • Contractor’s right to indemnification on negligently designed and constructed flood control improvements
    • Declaratory relief relative to voting procedures of homeowners association (HOA)

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Kaufman-Campbell Judge of the Year Award, San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2015
  • Roger J. Traynor Memorial Appellate Justice of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2014
  • Judicial Officer of the Year, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2013
  • Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates, Inland Empire Chapter, 2007
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1994-present
  • Member, John Lewis King Scholarship Committee, which provides scholarships to law students
  • Rancho Cucamonga City Council, 1984-1988
    • Mayor, City of Rancho Cucamonga, 1986
  • Served on the Rancho Cucamonga Planning Commission, 1981-1984
    • Planning Commission Chairman, 1982-1984

Background and Education

  • Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, 2003-2016
  • Superior Court Judge, San Bernardino County, 1995-2003
  • Markman, Archinzky, Hansen & King, 1989-1995
  • Garza, Jure & King, 1981-1989
  • King & Gebbie, 1979-1981
  • Law Offices of Jeffrey King & Pamela King, 1978-1979
  • Law Offices of Herbert Hafif, 1976-1978
  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • B.A., University of Redlands

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