LAWRENCE H. JACOBSON
LAWRENCE H. JACOBSON (Moderator) is a real estate attorney with more than 45 years’ experience. With offices in Beverly Hills, Mr. Jacobson’s practice includes real estate and business matters, including business entity formation and restructure, purchase and sale of business, succession planning, purchase, sale, management and refinance of commercial and residential real estate, and tax free exchanges. He is also a frequent expert witness in civil trials throughout Southern California regarding the interpretation of real estate documents, real estate and mortgage brokers’ standards of care, and legal malpractice related to real estate, business, legal ethics and fee dispute. Mr. Jacobson is a past President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and a member of the Sales and Brokerage Steering Committee of the Real Estate Section of the California State Bar. He has served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Municipal Court Systems, an arbitrator of the Superior Court, and an adjunct professor of law in the area of real estate secured transactions and administrative law. Mr. Jacobson has written and lectured extensively on business, real estate and ethics, including having taught for the U.S.C. Broker Development Program and Graduate Realtors Institute of the California Association of Realtors. He is a contributing author to CEB’s California Real Estate Brokers: Law and Litigation, which received the award for Outstanding Achievement from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA). He is a frequent lecturer for CEB, and recipient of the 2011 “Spirit of CEB” award. He has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2006. Mr. Jacobson received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review and received the Order of the Coif.
SHERI L. BONSTELLE
SHERI L. BONSTELLE is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, where her practice focuses on land use, redevelopment, environmental and construction matters. Ms. Bonstelle manages all aspects of the purchasing, entitlement and construction process, including compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). She also litigates to defend the project approvals in both State and Federal court. Her projects range from infill mixed-use projects in urban areas to large scale multi-acre residential single family developments. She is also a licensed architect in the State of New York, where she practiced architecture for several years focusing on large public and transportation projects prior to entering the legal profession. She received her B.A. from Columbia University, a Masters of Architecture from Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, and her J.D. from Fordham University. Ms. Bonstelle is admitted to practice in New York and California.
FREDRIC W. TRESTER
FREDRIC W. TRESTER is a partner with Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP in Los Angeles. Mr. Trester has extensive experience in civil litigation, focusing on professional liability defense of real estate licensees, architects and engineers, in addition to cases involving construction and real estate. He is a licensed real estate broker; acts as a volunteer mediator and arbitrator for the Los Angeles courts; and serves as an expert witness on issues of broker’s practice and the standard of care. Mr. Trester was the 2011 and 2012 Co-Chair of the State Bar Real Estate Sales and Brokerage Subsection and 2012 Nominee for State Bar Real Property Section Person of the Year. He was formerly a Commissioner on the Advisory Commission to the California Senate Committee on Business Insurance and is currently a member of the Strategic Defense Attorney Panel and Legal Forum of the California Association of Realtors. Mr. Trester is a frequent lecturer and author on issues involving risk management and recent developments in the law impacting real estate brokers, design professionals, and businesses and property owners, and he was an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law, where he taught the course entitled Real Estate Transactions. He is also a contributing author to the CEB publication, California Real Estate Brokers: Law and Litigation. Mr. Trester received his B.A. from the University of Arizona and his J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University School of Law.