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Lawrence R. Jensen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in San Jose, CA

Lawrence R. Jensen & Associates
95 South Market Street, Suite 550
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-656-1520
Fax: 408-899-2403
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business (30%), Real Estate: Consumer (20%), Appellate (10%), Business Litigation (10%), Business/Corporate (10%), Closely Held Business (10%), Nonprofit Organizations (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Lawrence R. Jensen is the founder and owner of Lawrence R. Jensen & Associates in San Jose, California. A top-ranked trial and transactional attorney with more than 33 years of total legal experience, Mr. Jensen provides exceptional counsel and support to clients across his region who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Real estate: Business
  • Real estate: Consumer
  • Appeals
  • Business litigation
  • Business and corporate law
  • Closely held businesses
  • Nonprofits

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Jensen has achieved remarkable success representing a diverse range of clients, including small and medium-sized businesses, startups, nonprofits, fiduciaries and trustees, landlords and tenants, real estate brokers, contractors and other professionals. He has gained a reputation for his unwavering commitment to his clients while helping them achieve their goals and the positive results they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

A leader in his field, Mr. Jensen has published numerous articles and conducted many lectures and continuing legal education seminars on a variety of legal topics. He has also taught eviction law with the city of San Jose's Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and he has held a number of leadership roles in various legal and municipal organizations devoted to homebuying, commercial real estate, fair housing issues and more.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Jensen has earned a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished peer review rating*. He has also received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1984 graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, Mr. Jensen obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1987, where he won the Leo A. Huard Intramural Moot Court Competition. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Real Estate: Business
  • 20%Real Estate: Consumer
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Closely Held Business
  • 10%Other
Focus Areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Appeals, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022

About Lawrence R. Jensen

First Admitted: 1987, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Represented limited partner in lawsuit against general partner and partnership regarding attempted forced reorganization, contrary to partnership agreement and applicable law, 2016
  • Revised lease forms, rules and regulations, tenant manual and related policy documents for nonprofit senior housing apartment complex in San Mateo, CA, 2019
  • Represented commercial landlord in drafting and negotiation of commercial lease for light industrial building in Fremont, CA, 2015
  • Represented nationwide nonprofit in sale and leaseback of commercial office and vocational training building in San Diego, CA, 2018
  • Represented buyer of shopping center in mid-development, from seller that ran out of construction funding. Shopping center completed, shopping center leased out 90% in early 2010, 2011
  • Prepared form real estate sale contract for residential developer successfully applying for issuance of subdivider's public report, 1999
  • Represented mutual water company in sale of all assets to San Jose Water Co., 2008
  • Represented ground-lessor in negotiating and drafting ground lease for lessee's charter school, 2007
  • Represented large non-profit in acquisition of water district offices and equipment yard for planned re-development as a vocational training school, El Paso, TX, 2009
  • Prepared form residential lease for use in 100 unit apartment building, 2007


  • Anderson v. Gottfredson, S. Clara Co. Supr. Crt. No. 107CV098700. Intra-corporate dispute. Plaintiff client obtained favorable buy-out terms by selling interest in corporate aviation club to defendant, 2008
  • Captain Kao LP v. Yu, Riverside County Superior Court Case No. RIC1827489. Unlawful detainer to recover possession of property converted to marijuana grow site in violation of lease. Recovered possession within 90 days of service of initial 3-day notice, 2019
  • Rauwendaal v. Bronstein, et al., Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 18CV322561. Represented buyers of residential real estate in non-disclosure, misrepresentation and negligence case against sellers, brokers and inspectors. Obtained favorable settlement for buyers, 2019
  • McNelly v. Merle D. Hall Company, et al., Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. CIVMSC 14-00227.  Represented member of real estate limited partnership against general partner attempting to reorganize by devaluing value of limited partnership interests. Obtained favorable settlement on eve of trial, 2016
  • Brooktree Realty, Inc. v. Watkins, Sixth District Court of Appeal, Case NO. H012064, Santa Clara Superior Court Case No. 719565. Represented real estate broker in commission dispute following sale of high end home in Saratoga. Prevailed at trial, prevailed on appeal, collected every dime of client's claim plus costs and attorney's fees, 1994
  • Horiguchi v. Horiguchi, Santa Clara Superior Court Case No. 109CV156147. Represented one of two brothers in real estate ownership dispute - partition and sale of multiple properties. Settled case to client's satisfaction by transferring some real property assets to one partner and other real property assets to other partner; client was able to use some buy-out proceeds and obtain financing to purchase other brother's interest in income property, 2010
  • Huh v. Wang (2007) 158 Cal. App. 4th 1406, prevailing counsel on appeal, published decision, defended homeowner in construction contract dispute with home remodeling contractor. Collected 100% of client's fees and costs incurred in trial court and on appeal, 2007
  • Tereza v. Sung, Santa Clara Superior Court Case No. 110CV186375. Prevailed after trial in unlawful detainer, obtained judgment for possession and every dime of rent, costs and fees sought by landlord, 2010

Educational Background

  • University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, Bachelor of Arts, Honors: With Honors, Major: Psychology, 1984


  • , Winner, Leo A. Huard Intramural Moot Court Competition, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Designated Super Lawyer of Northern California by peer nomination and review, 2020 - 2021, Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters
  • Mr. Jensen obtained an Avvo client rating of "Superb" in 2013 and has maintained it ever since, Superb, Avvo "Superb" Rating, 2013
  • Mr. Jensen earned a "BV Distinguished" Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell in 1998 and has maintained it ever since 1998, BV Distinguished, Martindale Hubbell "BV" "Distinguished" Peer Review Rating
  • For delivery of pro bono services, Certificate of Commendation, State Bar of California Board of Governors, 1988

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California, 1987
  • California Apartment Association
  • Tri-County Apartment Association
  • Santa Clara County Association of Realtors
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section
  • State Bar of California, Real Estate Law Section
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1987
  • Member, Civil Procedure Committee, California Trial Lawyers Association, 1988-1998
  • California Apartment Association Compliance Committee, 2019
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Real Property and Business Law Executive Committee

Representative Clients

  • Center for Employment Training, Shires Memorial Center, Brooktree Realty, Inc., Vieira Enterprises, Inc., Tucker Construction, Inc., Kidango, New Star Realty, Stonewood at Truckee, John Glage Underground Construction, Inc., Sigma Designs, T&H Camino Center, LLC

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Vice-President, Northside Neighborhood Association (San Jose), 1993-1995
  • City of San Jose, Independent Contractor, 1998 to 2015
  • Member, Board of Directors, Northside Neighborhood Association (San Jose) 1992-1995

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • July 21, 2005, Author, Focus on Construction Law: Contractors Find Clarity for Contracts in ‘MW Erectors’ , San Francisco Daily Journal, 2005
  • Dual Agency and Fiduciary Duties, Santa Clara County Association of Realtors
  • City of San Jose Code Enforcement Seminar : Eviction Law Overview
  • Networking Luncheon : Eviction Procedures Overview; Current Legal Issues
  • Rental Owners Council : Eviction Procedures Overview; Recent Changes in Law
  • Rental Owners Council : Limited Liability Companies: The Preferred Entity for Landlords
  • CAA Education Center : Unlawful Detainers: The Nuts and Bolts of Removing Undesirable Tenants
  • City of San Jose Project Blossom: Unlawful Detainers, 1998 to 2015
  • City of San Jose : Evictions
  • Bourbon and Commercial Leasing : Negotiating and Drafting Commercial Leases
  • Home Buying Soup to Nuts : Legal Aspects of Purchasing California Residential Real Property
  • Rent Control, Just Cause Evictions and Fair Housing : Current issues in residential landlord-tenant practice
  • How to Change the Terms of the Tenancy, California Association of Realtors On-Line Continuing Education Program
  • Anatomy of a Lease, Cal. Apt. Association, Tri-County Division
  • Anatomy of a Lease, Bay Area Income Property Expo
  • Teacher, Eviction Law, Neighborhood Revitalization Program, City of San Jose
  • Served as one of two panelists on a mandatory continuing education program hosted by the Santa Clara County Bar Association., Panelist on continuing education program, Developments in Commercial Leasing in the Era of COVID-19, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2020
  • One of two panelists on a mandatory continuing education program hosted by the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Provided case analysis on over 20 key appellate decisions published in 2020., Panelist in Continuing Education Program, An Annual Review of Significant Cases in California Real Property & Business Law, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2021
  • Author of article in San Francisco Daily Journal published 12/23/2005, Author, Mechanic's Lien Tactic Flops in Unlicensed Contractor Case, San Francisco Daily Journal, Legal Industry, 2005
  • April 2000, Author, Complying with Fair Housing Laws: Tips for Avoiding Prosecution, Apartment Management Magazine, California Apartment Association, 2000
  • August, 2009, Author, Look Before You Leap: Join the LLC Team to Defeat Liability, Apartment Management Magazine, California Apartment Association, 2009

Industry Groups

  • Brokers
  • Buyers
  • Commercial Landlords
  • Commercial Tenants
  • Commercial Tenants
  • Construction & Contractors
  • Contractors
  • Corporations
  • Developers
  • Directors
  • Executors
  • Family Owned Businesses
  • Fiduciaries
  • General Contractors
  • Landlords
  • Landowners
  • Licensees
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Managers
  • Members
  • Non-Profits
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Officers
  • Owners
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Brokerages
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Investors
  • Realtors
  • Residential Landlords
  • Salespersons
  • Sellers
  • Shareholders
  • Small Business
  • Start-ups
  • Subcontractors
  • Trustees
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Office Location for Lawrence R. Jensen

95 South Market Street
Suite 550
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: 408-656-1520

Fax: 408-899-2403

Last Updated: 1/20/2022

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