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Property Purchase Negotiations and Agreements (2021) –  Assisted a private school in purchasing property in Pasadena in a $5.6 million transaction. Chris assisted the school with negotiating the Letter of Intent and the sale terms, including the counter offer language and related addenda. He also reviewed due diligence documents, and worked with the broker and school on issues relating to the title report, tenant issues, easements, loan documents, etc.

Lease Agreement (2016-2017) – Prepared bid documents and negotiated and prepared a lease agreement between a community college district and a community group to allow regular monthly use of meeting space, and provide for construction improvements and upgrades of district buildings, at terms advantageous to the District.

Sale of Surplus Property (2014-2015) – Effected a successful sale of surplus property for over seven figures for the CCD.  The CCD sold the surplus property to the highest bidding private party after it sent all required public written offers and notices to various public and nonprofit entities.  We prepared the required public offers and notices related to the sale of the property and the necessary Board resolutions and findings permitting the District to sell the surplus property directly to a private party. Upon approval by the Board we prepared and negotiated the purchase agreement. We also helped the District negotiate a settlement with a high bidder when the bidder withdrew its bid and threatened to sue the District after trying to negotiate a lower purchase price than listed in its bid.  The District was able to keep the bidder’s non-refundable deposit and avoid litigation.  During escrow we assisted the District in producing the appropriate documentation and handled issues that arose during the transaction. Escrow closed on time and the District promptly received payment for the sale.

Merced Community College District – Sale of Surplus Property (2012) – Effected a successful sale of surplus property for over seven figures for the Merced CCD. MCCD sold the surplus property to a local K-12 school district. We prepared the necessary Board resolutions and findings permitting the District to sell the surplus property directly to another public entity. Upon approval by the Board, prepared and negotiated the purchase agreement. During escrow, assisted the District in producing the appropriate documentation and handled issues that arose during the transaction, including the need to have a Board approved an amendment to the purchase agreement. Escrow closed on time and the District promptly received payment for the sale.

Lease Purchase Merced CCD (2011) – Acted as District Counsel for $3.1 million lease-purchase transaction.  The project was extensive energy conservation measures throughout campus.

Breach of Contract (2015) – Defended a special district in litigation brought by a health provider for breach of contract and estoppel claims. Successfully settled this matter for the client.

Breach of Contract (2014) – Defended a Community College District against breach of contract and fraud claims, based on a vendor’s allegation that it was promised a 5-year contract but only received a 1-year contract.

Construction Litigation (2013) – Represented a community college district in litigation against a contractor that installed incorrect materials throughout a campus building. The damages were potentially in the millions of dollars. Navigated the case to a favorable settlement for the client.

Neighbor Boundary Dispute (2012) – Handled the pre-litigation phase of a boundary dispute; a neighbor was claiming it owned 10 feet of the District’s land as it had used that strip of land for many years before the District bought the property.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Application Period Extended To May 31, 2021
03/31/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 30, 2021, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act of 2021 (Act).  This Act extends the deadline for businesses and independent contractors to submit applications for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans from March 31,...

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The Economic Aid Act Restarts PPP Loans and Provides Nonprofits an Opportunity for a Second Forgivable PPP Loan
03/08/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On December 27, 2020, the government enacted the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) to provide businesses continued relief caused by the impacts of COVID-19.  The Economic Aid Act restarts the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by providing an...

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The Economic Aid Act Restarts PPP Loans and Provides Schools an Opportunity for a Second Forgivable PPP Loan (Nonprofits)
01/19/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On December 27, 2020, the government enacted the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) to provide businesses continued relief caused by the impacts of COVID-19.  The Economic Aid Act restarts the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by providing an...

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Paycheck Protection Program Loan Application Period Extended To August 8, 2020
07/10/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On July 4, 2020, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act (“Act”).  This Act extends the deadline for businesses and independent contractors to submit applications for the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loans from June 30, 2020,...

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Government Enacts “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020” to Amend Paycheck Protection Program Loans
06/12/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On June 5, 2020, the President signed into law the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020” (“PPP Act”) to amend the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan program enacted under the CARES Act.  The PPP Act modifies many of the PPP Loan program...

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Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Releases Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Forgiveness Application
05/21/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued its Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Forgiveness Application and related instructions.  Organizations that received a PPP Loan must complete this Application and submit it to their lender to apply for forgiveness of that PPP...

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Small Business Administration (SBA) Provides Guidance on Good Faith Certifications Needed to Obtain a PPP Loan: What Nonprofit Employers Need to Know
04/24/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), banks and lenders may provide up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses under the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  Lenders exhausted the entire $349 billion set...

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Small Business Administration (SBA) Provides Guidance on Good Faith Certifications Needed to Obtain a PPP Loan
04/24/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), banks and lenders may provide up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses under the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  Lenders exhausted the entire $349 billion set...

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The CARES Act Provides Forgivable SBA Loans for Nonprofits to Help Pay Employees and Other Costs
04/03/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) authorizes banks and lenders to provide up to $349 billion in potentially forgivable loans to small businesses under the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program.  The CARES Act includes these federally...

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The CARES Act Provides Forgivable SBA Loans for Private Schools to Help Pay Employees and Other Costs
04/03/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) authorizes banks and lenders to provide up to $349 billion in potentially forgivable loans to small businesses under the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program.  The CARES Act includes these federally...

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