Ruben A Smith is the Managing Shareholder of the Firm. He represents clients in a wide range of commercial, financial and real estate transactional matters in both the United States and internationally.
Mr. Smith has represented various leading oil and gas companies in the sale of various refineries, pipelines, distribution facilities, service stations and related real property assets. In addition, Mr. Smith has extensive experience representing public and private entities and financial institutions in an array of real estate, land use, environmental, redevelopment, affordable housing, transportation, general corporate and regulatory matters in both the United States and internationally. Mr. Smith has represented various universities, community colleges, school districts, charter schools and served as the General Counsel for one of the largest school districts in California.
Mr. Smith has been a speaker at numerous seminars relating to leasing, real estate acquisition and doing business in Mexico. He has also been a speaker at the California State Bar Annual Convention, the Real Property Section of the California State Bar, and the Crocker Symposium on leasing. Mr. Smith previously served in the White House as Staff Assistant to the Special Assistant to the President for Hispanic Affairs and has worked for various clients drafting legislation for municipalities and the State of California.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Contracts||Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, International Commercial Contracts, International Contracts|
|Corporate Law||Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Banking Law, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Criminal Law, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Fiduciary Law, Corporate Finance, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Income Tax, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Insurance Defense, Corporate Investigations, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Successions, Corporate Tax Controversies, Corporate Tax Planning, Corporate Taxation, Corporate Trusts, Corporate Workouts, Family Corporations, Foreign Sales Corporations, Hostile Takeovers, Incorporation, International Corporate Finance, International Corporate Law, International Corporate Taxation, Nonprofit Corporations, Offshore Corporations, Professional Corporations, Proxy Contests, Public Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Takeovers, Tender Offers, Transfer Pricing|
|Franchises and Franchising||Automotive Franchises and Dealerships, Dealership Law, Franchise Arbitration, Franchise Distribution, Franchise Law, Franchise Licensing, Franchise Litigation, Franchise Mediation, Franchise Regulation, Franchise Taxation, Franchise Termination, International Franchising|
|Government||Congressional Investigations, County Government Law, County Liability, False Claims Act, Federal Government Law, Federal Grants, Federal Legislative Practice, Federal Tort Claims, Government Affairs, Government Agency Practice, Government Ethics, Government Immunity, Government Investigations, Government Relations, Government Risk Management, Government Tort Liability, Governmental Defense, Governmental Law, Governmental Liability, Initiative and Referendum, International Government Relations, Legislative Practice, Local Government Civil Rights, Local Government Defense, Local Government Law, Local Government Liability, Local Government Relations, Political Subdivision Liability, Public Officials Liability, Public Policy, Qui Tam Litigation, State Government Law, State Legislative Practice, Township Law|
|Leases and Leasing||Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law, Commercial Leasing, Evictions, Industrial Leasing, International Leasing, Landlord and Tenant Law, Lease Finance, Lease Terminations, Leasing, Leveraged Leasing, Office Leasing, Rent Control, Retail Leasing, Shopping Center Leasing, Unlawful Detainer|
|Municipal Law||Chapter 9 Municipal Reorganization, Firefighter Labor Law, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, Municipal Bonds Taxation, Municipal Civil Rights, Municipal Contracts, Municipal Corporation Law, Municipal Defense, Municipal Derivative Products, Municipal Finance, Municipal Labor Law, Municipal Leasing, Municipal Liability, Municipal License Tax, Municipal Pension Law, Municipal Prosecution, Municipal Redevelopment, Municipal Risk Management, Municipal Securities, Municipal Solid Waste, Municipal Solid Waste Resource Recovery, Municipal Taxation, Municipal Torts, Municipal Utility Law, Municipal Utility Regulation, Police Labor Law, Tax Increment Finance|
|Property Law||International Property Law, Personal Property, Personal Property Leasing|
|Real Estate||Adverse Possession, Boundary Disputes, Common Interest Community Law, Community Association Law, Condominium Association Law, Condominium Conversions, Condominium Development, Condominium Law, Condominium Timeshares, Conservation Easements, Conveyancing, Cooperative Housing Association Law, Cooperative Conversions, Cooperative Housing Law, Easements, Historic Conservation Easements, Homeowners Association Law, International Real Estate, Land Acquisitions, Land Sales, Land Trusts, Manufactured Housing Law, Mixed Use Development, Mobile Home Law, Planned Unit Development Law, Property Management, Quiet Title, Real Estate Acquisitions, Real Estate Arbitration, Real Estate Banking Law, Real Estate Bankruptcy, Real Estate Brokerage Law, Real Estate Brokers and Agents Liability, Real Estate Brokers Licensing, Real Estate Brokers Malpractice, Real Estate Brokers Malpractice Defense, Real Estate Collections, Real Estate Contracts, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Errors and Omissions, Real Estate Exchanges, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Foreclosure, Real Estate Fraud, Real Estate Investment, Real Estate Investment Taxation, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate Joint Ventures, Real Estate Leasing, Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate Mediation, Real Estate Partnerships, Real Estate Restructuring, Real Estate Sales, Real Estate Secured Lending, Real Estate Securities, Real Estate Settlements, Real Estate Syndication, Real Estate Tax Appeals, Real Estate Tax Assessment, Real Estate Tax Foreclosure, Real Estate Tax Liens, Real Estate Taxation, Real Estate Title, Real Estate Title Examination, Real Estate Title Insurance, Real Estate Trade Association Law, Real Estate Valuation, Real Estate Workouts, Real Property, Real Property Acquisitions, Real Property Development, Real Property Finance, Residential Real Estate, Residential Real Estate Acquisitions, Residential Real Estate Development, Residential Real Estate Finance, Residential Real Estate Foreclosure, Residential Real Estate Sales, Right of Way Easements, Waterfront Development|
Managing Shareholder and Co-Founder | AlvaradoSmith
1993 - 2016
Juris Doctorrate | Yale Law School
1980 - 1984
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Santa Ana, California, Orange County
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