Preeminent real estate law firm

Sophisticated real estate expertise involving all aspects of real estate transactions

Deverich & Gillman LLP is one of the preeminent boutique real estate law firms in Southern California. Our firm represents developers, landowners, investors, lenders and business institutions throughout California in sophisticated real estate transactions involving all aspects of the real estate, finance, and construction industries. Our firm is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for excellence of legal service and ethics, and our lawyers previously have practiced with large international law firms and possess an extensive breadth and depth of experience in complex legal matters. We are committed to the highest standards of professional excellence, and provide our clients with big firm quality representation with the responsiveness, efficiency, personalized service and specialized capabilities of a boutique firm. From counseling a landlord or a tenant in negotiating a new lease, to assisting a master developer acquire, plan, develop and execute a multi-thousand acre master planned community, our highly skilled attorneys provide our clients with results—successfully closing deals, navigating legal and regulatory mazes, and developing and implementing strategies designed to maximize returns and protect your assets.

We invite you to contact us to discuss how we can help you accomplish your real estate related business needs and goals.

Practice areas

Deverich & Gillman provides comprehensive legal services in all real estate transactional matters, including acquisitions and dispositions; construction and development; land use; financing and leasing of real property; workouts; corporate and joint ventures; and master planned communities. To learn more about our real estate practice, please select from one of the links below.


The firm has deep and broad experience in the acquisition and disposition of different types of real estate assets. More>

Commercial Leasing

Our attorneys regularly represent public and private company landlords and tenants in sophisticated leasing and subleasing transactions. More>


We represent both project owners as well as large contractors, and have developed sophisticated construction contract documents to address construction issues. More>

Entity Formation

Our lawyers have significant experience counseling clients in the selection and formation of business entities used in connection with real estate transactions. More>


Our attorneys have represented developers as well as regional and national lending institutions in a wide variety of real estate secured loan transactions, loan restructuring and workout transactions. More>

Land Use

We assist our real estate clients in a wide range of transactional land use matters involving state, county, city and local agencies to satisfy development conditions and objectives. More>


We represent lenders, borrowers, investors and receivers in a wide variety of workout situations and counsel clients about California's complex "one action" rule and antideficiency laws. More>

Planned CommunitIES

Our attorneys have represented multiple master planned communities and mixed-use developments and have developed an expertise assisting with the complex issues regarding these projects. More>



Mr. Deverich's depth of experience and excellence in legal skills has earned him recognition as one of the leading real estate lawyers in Southern California. He has been recognized as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" for many years and has been named by OC Metro magazine as one of Orange County's "TOP Lawyers". Mr. Deverich is a peer review rated "AV Preeminent" attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can receive for quality of legal service and ethics. During Mr. Deverich's many years of practice, he has handled a wide range of complex real estate matters and is renowned for his accessibility, personalized touch and creativity in working with clients and counterparties in a variety of sophisticated real estate transactions. More>

Jay Deverich
Adam Gillman


Mr. Gillman is a rated "AV Preeminent" attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can receive from his peers for quality of legal service and ethics. He has experience in a variety of sophisticated transactional real estate matters including: finance (representing both domestic and foreign lenders and borrowers); the formation and structuring of complex general and limited partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies, retail, industrial and commercial leasing (representing both landlords and tenants); the purchase and sale of large commercial, retail, and residential properties; like kind exchanges; ownership and management of retail and commercial projects; troubled project workouts, California "one action" rule and anti-deficiency law counseling, deed in lieu transactions and foreclosures. More>


Mr. Downs is a highly skilled attorney who represents developers, landowners, homebuilders, investors, lenders and other businesses in a wide variety of sophisticated real estate transactional matters. His practice includes structuring, negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, space leases (representing both landlords and tenants), ground leases, joint venture agreements, tenant in common arrangements, and real estate secured loans. More>

Christopher Downs
James Pulliam


Mr. Pulliam’s practice focuses on the representation of local, national and international clients, including Fortune 15 companies, with respect to real estate and land use matters. He has extensive experience with site acquisition and development, purchase and sale agreements, joint venture work and commercial leasing, as well as easement, license, cost share, subordination, non-disclosure, entry, brokerage and construction agreements, related ancillary documents, and title, diligence and entitlement work. More>


Mr. Wiseman represents a variety of clients in transactional real estate matters including real estate purchase and sale transactions, leases, joint ventures, lending including construction lending and other development related transactions. More>

Ryan Wiseman