Kraig C. Kilger

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Costa Mesa, CA

Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP
 | 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-881-0028
Selected To Rising Stars: 2004
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP , Kraig C. Kilger is committed to representing clients in Orange and Los Angeles counties, California. He focuses his practice on business law and real estate matters such as residential and commercial real estate developments, entitlement, financing, acquisitions, leasing, construction, complex joint venture relationships, business formation and sales.

In 1998, Mr. Kilger graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business from the University of California, Los Angeles . He then went on to graduate with honors and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 1992. While in law school, Mr. Kilger received the American Jurisprudence Award for earning the highest grade in his constitutional law course, and he was invited to join the Order of the Coif. He also won the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition .

For more than two decades, Mr. Kilger has been guiding his clients through even the most complex business and property matters. Well-versed in the laws regarding real estate transactions and business governance, he takes the time to understand each client's situation thoroughly, and then applies this extensive knowledge to help smooth the process. Mr. Kilger has built a reputation for protecting his clients' best interests. In recognition of his accomplishments, he has earned the highest rating possible, AV Preeminent,* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he holds an Avvo "Very Good" rating.

Active in the legal community, Mr. Kilger is a member of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and the Orange County Bar Association.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Rising Stars: 2004

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Admitted: 1992, California

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  • Winner, Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court Competition
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law


  • MacArthur Place Condominiums, Santa Ana, CA - represented builder in acquisition of property for 275 unit mid-rise condominium project
  • Palermo Condominiums, San Diego, CA - represented developer in acquisition of 230 unit apartment project from publicly traded REIT and in conversion of units to condominiums and sale to public
  • Talavera, Indio, CA - represented developer in acquisition, development and sale of 815 lot residential project to national homebuilder
  • Moreno Valley Ranch, Moreno Valley, CA - represented developer in acquisition, development and multiple phased sales of approx. 1600 lot master planned community to various homebuilders
  • The Waterfront, Huntington Beach, CA - represented developer in sale of premier coastal property to 2 homebuilders for joint development of 184 residential courtyard homes, including structuring and drafting of complex profit participation arrangement and intercreditor agreement
  • Morgan Hill, Temecula, CA - represented developer in acquisition, development and sale of approx. 1100 lot master planned community
  • Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas, NV - represented developer in joint venture for conversion of 300 unit apartment complex to condominiums and in procurement of related $60,000,000 construction financing
  • Seabride Marina, Oxnard, CA - represented nation's largest homebuilder in development of large residential/mixed-use marina project  

Representative Clients:

  • Highpointe Communities, TR CO, D.R. Horton, Empire Homes, Western National Group, Hillcrest Homes, Integral Partners, Brandywine Homes, The Robert Mayer Corporation, Whittlesey Doyle

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major: Economics and Business, Honors: cum laude, 1988
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Office Location for Kraig C. Kilger

3200 Park Center Drive
Suite 250
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-881-0028

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