View Rights Attorneys
Don Franzen has handled and litigated real estate matters for over 35 years, including years of experience in title insurance, landlord/tenant and commercial real estate. He has several published appellate decisions to his name in real property law. In 1984 he won an appeal in a landlord/tenant case, Miner v. Nourafchan, that established the tenant’s right to object to eviction on the basis a rent control violation, and in 2005 he argued and won a seminal view rights case, Zabrucky v. McAdams, establishing the application of view protections to dwellings in the Marquez Knolls area of Pacific Palisades, California. In 2007, as lead counsel for several homeowners in the Castellamarre area, he defeated an attempt to invalidate the view rights protections for that community. He has been lead counsel both for builders and neighbors in numerous view rights cases in communities along the west Los Angeles coastline including Marquez Knolls, Castellammare Mesa, Palisair, Pacific Ridge and Sunset Mesa. He is a member of Funsten & Franzen, based Beverly Hills, and lives in the Pacific Palisades. Email: email@example.com; Phone: (310) 785-1710; Fax: (310) 785-1720
Keith Turner is one of the leading view rights attorneys in California, including having won a seminal case before the California Supreme Court, Tract 19051 Homeowners Association v. Kemp (2015) 60 Cal. App. 4th 1135. He has over twenty-six years of experience of representing property owners, title insurance companies, contractors, developers, landlords and tenants in all types of real estate and insurance related litigation, including neighbor disputes, view rights, HOA, CC&Rs, encroachments, easements, etc. He has successfully handled hundreds of neighbor vs. neighbor/view rights disputes, at trial, on appeal, and by settlement.
Turner is also leading author on view rights issues, including as being a co-editor of the first edition of State Bar’s Neighbor Disputes: Law and Litigation and is currently a co-author Easements and Boundaries: Law and Litigation. He is also Co-Chair of the Santa Monica Bar Association Real Estate Law Committee.
Turner has his own law firm based in Santa Monica (Turner Law Firm, A Professional Corporation www.turnerlawapc.com) and also often works with Don Franzen on view rights related cases as of counsel to the Beverly Hills law firm of Funsten & Franzen (www.lawff.com).
Real Estate Brokers
Anthony Marguleas is the owner of Amalfi Estates, one of Los Angeles’ leading independent real estate companies, providing exclusive representation to both buyers and sellers. Marguleas has been involved with hundreds of transactions involving view related issues and is one of top real estate brokers in representing buyers and sellers in view properties. He provides special expertise in valuating view rights as part of the listing and sales prices for sellers and helping buyers investigate and retain the view rights they hope they are purchasing. www.laestatehomes.com
Chris Nelson has been involved in thousands of land surveys for construction related projects and he has been designated as an expert witness in litigation. Mr. Nelson has considerable experience in view related land survey issues, including plotting easements and confirming structure heights, which are often highly disputed issues in view rights cases.
Lisa Smith is a Registered Consulting Arborist and Owner of The Tree Resource, a Southern California tree consulting firm providing all aspects of tree management and preservation, with expert knowledge by certified arborists, experienced in the arboriculture industry. Trees are often at issue in view rights disputes. Visit her website at www.helpmytrees.com.
Daniel P. Whalen, AIA, LEED AP
Dan Whalen, AIA is a California Registered Architect with over 25 years experience. He has designed hundreds of architectural projects in Southern California, and has been designated as an expert witness is numerous view rights and construction deficiency cases.