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Eric Thomas Hartnett

Eric Thomas Hartnett

Practice areas:

Real Estate, Debt & Lending Agreements, Foreclosure, Construction & Development

About Me

The primary focus of my practice is disputes concerning the duties of real estate fiduciaries, real estate purchase and sale transactions, mechanic's liens, escrow matters, partition, fraud, slander of title, adverse possession claims, secured real property transactions, easements, partnership rights, appraisals, commercial leases, title insurance, homeowners associations, and contracts.

I am primarily a litigator, but I do handle some transactional work.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Real Estate: 50%
    5 years
  2. Foreclosure: 20%
    5 years
  3. Debt & Lending Agreements: 20%
    5 years
  4. Construction & Development: 10%
    5 years



Hourly ($325/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Ryan Alexander McCarthy

    I have known Eric since law school and we frequently meet and discuss issues of the day in each of our practices. I've referred people to him and know him to stay on top of legal developments in his practice areas. He is a strong advocate and dedicated to his clients and his practice.


    Ryan McCarthy Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Stephen Lindsay Jenkins

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Stephen Jenkins Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

Terra Law, LLP

177 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor
San Jose, CA, 95113




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Northern California Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Northern California Rising StarSuperLawyers2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateTerra Law, LLP2012 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of Peter N. Brewer2006 - 2011
AssociateAnderlini Finkelstein Emerick & Smoot2004 - 2006
Law ClerkAnderlini Finkelstein Emerick & Smoot2003 - 2004
Legal Intern for the Strategic Business Development GroupIntel Corporation2002 - 2003


Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Mateo County Association of RealtorsAffiliate Member2011 - Present
California Alumni Club of the PeninsulaBoard Member2011 - Present
Young Scandinavian ClubMember2005 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
MCapital Funding, LCC v. Tom Noble, et al.Appraiser clients were dismissed without any payment to Plaintiff.
PAUL ANTHONY CATANZARO v. CHRISTINE LYNCH, et al.Plaintiff dismissed our clients and paid our clients $2,500.00.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Santa Clara School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of California BerkeleyLegal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
SAMCAR Southern District Tour MeetingThe Reality of Buyers Potentially Suing Appraisers2011
SAMCAR Southern District Tour Meeting“Short Sales – What Buyers and Sellers Must Know”2011
SAMCAR Southern District Tour Meeting“The As-Is Provision – Gold or Snowball?”2011
SAMCAR Southern District Tour MeetingYour Realtor did what? No-no’s your defense counsel never want to hear2011
SAMCAR Central District Tour MeetingYour Realtor did what? No-no’s your defense counsel never want to hear2011
Menlo Park District MeetingRealtors Behaving Badly. Actions that make defense counsel cringe.2011