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Richard Beckman
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Mr. Beckman, a native Hoosier, is a 1984 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where he majored in Political Science. Following his graduation, Mr. Beckman lived in and near Tokyo, Japan for one year, studying both the language and culture of that country.  Mr. Beckman entered Hastings College of the Law in 1987, where he was a Member and Note Editor of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review.   Mr. Beckman was admitted to the California Bar December 4, 1990.  Mr. Beckman is the proud father of two lovely daughters

In 1991 Mr. Beckman associated with the Law Offices of Steven Adair MacDonald, where he was integral in matters involving real estate consultation and litigation.  When became a partner, MacDonald Beckman LLP was formed, followed by Beckman Marquez LLP.  Through his career, Mr. Beckman has tried many bench and jury trials throughout the Bay Area and is familiar with local courts and judges.  He specialized on real estate litigation, but often is able to craft pretrial resolutions for the parties involved in the firm's complex cases. He represents clients in a broad range of real estate-related disputes, including partition of co-ownership interests, purchase contract disputes, insurance coverage analysis and land use. Mr. Beckman consults with owners and property managers on all aspects of landlord-tenant issues regarding residential and commercial matters. He has been a featured speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars, acts as a private mediator and arbitrator and served as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court.

Areas Of Practice

  • Declaratory Relief Litigation
  • Draft Commercial and Residential Leases
  • Enforcement of Lease Obligations and Covenants
  • Evictions
  • Local Rent Control Compliance
  • Premises Liability Analysis
  • Proper Lease Disclosures
  • Rent Control Administrative Hearings
  • Rent Increases
  • Rights of Parties Following Termination of Landlord- Tenant Relationship
  • Wrongful Eviction Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1990

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1990
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1984
    • Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Commercial and Residential Evictions in California: How to Do Them Right, Sterling Education Services
  • Handling Legal Issues in California Landlord/Tenant Relations San Francisco, California, National Business Institute
  • Wrongful Evictions and Insurance Issues, Lorman Education
  • Real Estate Litigation in California San Francisco, California, National Business Institute
  • Everything You Wanted to Know about Commercial and Residential Evictions, Sterling Education Services
  • Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions, Sterling Education Services
  • Residential Landlord Tenant Law in California, Sterling Education Services

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1990
  • Japan Society, Member, 1988
  • California State Bar, Member of the Litigation and Real Estate Sections
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation and
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • San Francisco Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem

Past Employment Positions

  • MacDonald Beckman LLP, Partner, 1999 to 2003
  • Law Offices of Steven Adair MacDonald, Senior Associate, 1991 to 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • BASF-ULSP, 00/1991 to 00/1993

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