Practice Areas

Real Estate and Title Litigation

The CLF Team has steadily increased its practice and focus in the title insurance industry.  We like to think of ourselves as experienced enough to handle anything from the straightforward quiet title matter to a complicated mechanic’s lien on a large real estate development with multiple phases.  Yet we also feel we are new enough to the title practice to bring fresh ideas and approaches developed from our other areas of defense practice.  Our team successfully litigated Bank of America v. Superior Court (2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 1076, a nationwide landmark decision that held that a tripartite attorney-client relationship exists when a title insurer retains counsel to prosecute an action on behalf of its insured.  We have also created a sophisticated proprietary mechanism of handling multiple matters with similar fact patterns between our client principal and specific lender institutions to dramatically save on litigation costs, where before these same cases were litigated each on an individual cost-laden basis.  In the process, we saved our clients tens of millions of dollars in litigation costs.  We work hard to bring creative ideas from our other practice experience to the world of title insurance, always keeping the focus of bringing value to our clients.

 

Consumer Products Litigation

 

Our team has decades of experience in representing manufacturers and retailers in consumer product litigation.  We have represented major automobile and home product manufacturers.  We represent a number of automobile dealerships, including the largest Mercedes-Benz dealership in the world.  We have represented these clients in products liability, lemon law, Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and California Song-Beverly Warranty Act and Consumer Legal Warranty Act litigation.  Many of these claims allow the consumer to obtain attorneys’ fees, which incentivizes consumer attorneys to generate fees.  We are always mindful of this consideration in representing our clients.  We always stive to obtain the best and cost-effective resolution for our clients.  Because of our significant experience in insurance and casualty litigation, we also are well qualified to handle consumer injury claims.

 

General Litigation

 

Our lawyers litigate with one purpose in mind:  to get our clients the intended result.  Our focus is to analyze each and every case as early as possible, create a litigation plan, and present that analysis and our projections to our clients so they can decide what option is best for them.  This approach requires superior knowledge and experience in those areas where we specialize.  Our approach requires that we have the presence in all the court venues where we practice to produce the courtroom results we predict and project.  Beginning with Jeff Crafts, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, we have the lawyers who consistently get the results our clients expect.  Predictions and analysis are not very useful unless you deliver.  Whether it’s a title, consumer products, commercial business, garage keeper, or premise case, we attack the cases in the same fashion.  CLF is committed to tell our clients where they stand, and then deliver the results.

 

Construction Law

Crafts Law Firm is skilled and knowledgeable on the complex nature of California construction law and experienced in litigation involving:
Construction defects and product defects litigation;
Construction site accidents - serious injury and wrongful death;
Construction contracts; and
Mechanics Liens/payment issues.
Our attorneys have represented clients including general contractors, subcontractors, material men, tradesmen and others in both the residential and commercial construction lawsuit.

 

Insurance Defense

Our roots run deep in the Insurance Defense Industry.  From auto insurance, to various property and casualty programs, to title insurance, we have litigated in each.  Our lawyers have handled cases as varied as major brain damage matters arising out of casualty insurance programs, to major mechanic’s lien or easement cases on developments throughout California that arise out of the title insurance world.  Whether it’s a Bad Faith case, broker liability, or direct action against one of our client carriers, we have probably handled something similar in the past.  Our lawyers have been active members in the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the California Land and Title Association.



 

Premises Liability

From the simple slip and fall in a grocery store, to litigating large scale damage from land development, we have used our litigation approach to achieve the results our clients desire.  Our lawyers have been involved land subsidence cases in Laguna Beach, condominium project grading failures for Community Redevelopment Agencies, and commercial restaurant and bar litigation all over California.  If it involves a casualty claim arising from a premise insurance program, chances are we have handled something similar.