Business, Commercial, & Contract

Hon. Maria P. Rivera  (Ret.)​
First District Court of Appeal

  • Mediator

  • Arbitrator

  • Discovery Referee

  • Appellate Consultant

Types of Cases Handled:

• Lease interpretation (CLI/CPI provisions)
• Attorney’s fees (prevailing party) breach of contract
• Fraud
• Loan refinancing
• Partnership dissolution
• Breach of contract 
• Fraudulent conveyances
• Fair Credit Reporting Act
• Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
• Alter ego
• Unfair business practices/unfair advertising (B&P Code §§ 17200/17500)
• Commercial leasing
• Banking
• Promissory notes
• Indemnity
• Contract interpretation
• Specific performance
• Choice of law

Representative Cases:

  • Dispute involving whether an agreement to enter into a second partnership agreement with terms “substantially identical” to the first partnership agreement was sufficiently certain to be enforceable.

  • Dispute involving whether a student seeking to claim violations of the Education Code (which prohibits a private, post-secondary school from making untrue or misleading statements to prospective students relating to its course offerings, the school, employment opportunities or enrollment opportunities) must also prove materiality, reliance and causation.​​