Practice Areas


Even with careful planning and execution, business disputes are sometimes unavoidable. Miller Starr Regalia’s litigation team has extensive experience helping businesses and property owners find timely and cost-effective solutions when informal efforts to resolve a dispute are ineffective. We know that litigators are fundamentally problem solvers, and we pride ourselves in providing our clients with a practical, results-oriented approach to negotiation, mediation, arbitration and both bench and jury trials in state and federal courts.

Because Miller Starr Regalia wrote the definitive practice guide on California real estate, our Litigation Group also prides itself on staying current on all recent developments and being ready to hit the ground running.  In addition to having subject matter expertise that makes us the leading California real estate law firm, our litigators make it a priority to evaluate the business needs of our clients up front. This keen awareness of clients’ objectives saves time and money by expediting dispute resolution through prompt mediation, arbitration or judicial reference.

Sometimes taking a case to trial is the best or only way to resolve a dispute.  Our experienced trial lawyers have achieved remarkable success in arbitration and trial.  We have successfully represented clients in all types of litigation proceedings, including short court trials, complex multi-party arbitrations, and long jury trials involving many millions of dollars. 

Our Litigation Practice Group represents clients in a variety of matters related to business, real property, commercial, environmental, construction and insurance-related disputes. With over 40 years of experience in real property law, our expertise extends to matters involving land use, entitlements, redevelopment, eminent domain, construction, title insurance coverage and claims, complex disputes involving subdivision development, options, specific performance, easements, leases, tenant improvements, mixed-use projects, public projects, landlord-tenant disputes, environmental claims and the sale and disposition of property.

Our litigators’ expertise extends to business disputes involving contracts, unfair competition claims, anti-trust, partnership and other corporate disputes, insurance bad faith claims, product liability, lender disputes, creditors’ rights, class actions and other complex business matters. We excel at environmental litigation that includes land use, environmental compliance, the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Clean Water Act, water rights, toxic torts, endangered species and wetlands. And our team of construction litigators are experienced in complex construction mediation, arbitration and litigation involving delay and disruption claims, warranty, and defect claims on public and privately owned projects.

Miller Starr Regalia’s litigators represent many Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies, as well as developers, homebuilders, financial institutions, title insurers, property owners and managers, retailers, media companies, manufacturers, REITs and smaller companies.


  • Administrative Proceedings
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Asset Disposition
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Development (Commercial and Residential)
  • Distressed Property Claims
  • Easements
  • E-Discovery
  • Eminent Domain
  • Energy
  • Entitlements and Impact Fees
  • Environmental (CEQA, NEPA, RCRA, CERCLA, Clean Air and Water Acts)
  • Insurance Regulatory Practice
  • Land Use
  • Leasing Disputes
  • Lenders and Other Financial Institutions
  • Mechanic’s Liens, Stop Notices, Claims Against Sureties
  • Mediation
  • Outdoor Advertising
  • Partition
  • Partnership, Limited Liability Companies and Close Corporation Disputes
  • Product Liability
  • Property Tax Assessment Appeals
  • Quiet Title
  • Redevelopment
  • Specific Performance
  • Tax Deferred Exchanges
  • Title Insurance: Defense of Insureds, Defense of Insurers (Bad Faith), Coverage Analysis
  • Unfair and Anti-Competitive Business Practices