San Francisco, CA. Nixon Peabody LLP is pleased to announce the addition of a renowned women-led Real Estate Litigation team based in the firm’s San Francisco office.
Led by partners Ashley E. Klein and A. Jeanne Grove, the team joins Nixon Peabody at a time when real estate disputes continue to increase in number and complexity. Partner Jaimie Bombard has also joined as part of the lateral group, which includes Morgan Cahill-Marsland, Laura Campbell, Lauren Jones, and Matthew Urdan, who joined as counsel, and department attorneys Stephanie Andersen, Alexandra Azad, and Lindsey Schmidt. Their arrival builds on Nixon Peabody’s strong Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice—both in the Bay Area and across the firm.
“Bringing this group into the firm not only strengthens our overall real estate litigation capabilities, it broadens our already strong real estate industry offerings and complements related practice areas, such as real estate transactional work, community development finance, construction, and environmental,” said Anthony Barron, who leads Nixon Peabody’s nationwide Litigation Department and is also a member of the Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice. “The group is an excellent fit for NP, and we’re thrilled to welcome our new colleagues.”
The attorneys represent a wide range of real estate developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs), property management companies, landlords, homeowners, and homeowner associations (HOAs). The incoming team is committed to advancing the rights of their clients and identifying creative and cost-efficient solutions to the difficult legal challenges in the real estate industry.
“This is an impressive group that embodies a collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit—qualities that mesh seamlessly with NP’s culture,” said Robert A. Weikert, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office. “Ashley, Jeanne, Jaimie, and team have been on an upward and fast-paced trajectory. We look forward to them continuing on that path as a part of both our firm and our energetic office.”
Ashley is a real estate litigator with extensive trial, arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) experience. She represents real estate developers, REITs, property management companies, landlords, and homeowners in contract and commercial litigation, purchase and sale and co-ownership disputes, landlord-tenant matters, non-disclosure and misrepresentation issues, construction and architectural litigation, quiet title actions, and fraud and misrepresentation lawsuits. In 2018, Mayor London Breed appointed Ashley to the San Francisco Rent Board, where she serves as one of four landlord commissioners. In 2020, Mayor Breed also appointed Ashley to the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force to represent residential and commercial landlords on San Francisco’s economic recovery. She also serves as a board member of the San Francisco Association of Realtors. Ashley received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina, summa cum laude.
Jeanne is a real estate attorney with nearly 20 years of experience in both litigation and transaction matters involving common interest developments/HOAs, co-ownership/tenancy-in-common (TIC) matters, purchase/sale disputes, and boundary/title/easement issues. Jeanne represents HOAs, real estate brokers/agents, developers, private lenders, property owners, and other commercial enterprises. She served as district representative of Northern California for the American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division and as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, teaching legal writing, research, and oral advocacy to first- and second-year law students. In addition to her practice work, Jeanne is a California-licensed real estate broker. She earned her J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jaimie is a real estate litigator with more than a decade of experience, including complex commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes. She advises clients regarding their rights and options under statewide housing law, the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, and other local Bay Area rent and eviction control ordinances. Jaimie also handles issues related to property management, tenant buyout agreements, and matters arising before the San Francisco Rent Board. Jaime received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and her B.A. from Emerson College.