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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, construction defects, 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


  1. Real Estate: 50%
    10 years
  2. Business: 20%
    6 years
  3. Foreclosure: 10%
    10 years
  4. Construction: 10%
    10 years
  5. Debt Agreements: 10%
    10 years



Hourly ($350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark Wayne Good

    I endorse this lawyer. Eric is a consummate professional who puts 100% effort into every matter he works on. I have referred a number of cases to him with outstanding results.


    Mark Good Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • 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

Contact info

Law Office of Eric T. Hartnett

563 S. Murphy Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA, 94086


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
Northern California Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Northern California Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Northern California Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Eric T. Hartnett2016 - Present
Non-Equity PartnerTerra Law, LLP2016 - 2016
AssociateTerra Law, LLP2012 - 2015
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
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of California - BerkeleyLegal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Various LocationsReal Estate Law Update - 20162016
SAMCAR Central District Tour MeetingThe Good Faith Deposit – What Happens When the Deal Goes South2015
Multiple LocationsReal Estate Law Update - 20152015
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