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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon Valley||San Jose Magazine||2007|
|Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon Valley||San Jose Magazine||2006|
|Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon Valley||San Jose Magazine||2005|
|Top 100 Attorneys of Silicon Valley||San Jose Magazine||2004|
|Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon Valley||San Jose Magazine||2003|
|Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon Valley||San Jose Magazine||2002|
|Shareholder||Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck||1993 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Van Buren Estates Lenders, LLC v. Van Buren Estates Partners, L.P., et. al., (2013)||N/A|
|See all legal cases|
|Interference With Secondary Easements||2014|
|New Land Use Laws||2014|
|Below Market Rate Purchase Options Are Exactions||2014|
|Landlords Are Vulnerable to Prescriptive Easement Claims||2013|
|New Laws Protecting Tenants After a Foreclosure||2013|
|Disclosing Pending Notice of Default to Prospective Tenants||2013|
|Bay Area Lawyers||Dealing With Property Owners in Default||2006|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of the Pacific||N/A||B.M.||1985|
|Intero Sales Meetings||Multiple Offer Issues||2015|
|RE 360 Radio Show||Top 5 Disclosure Issues for Sellers||2014|
|RE 360 Radio Show||Top 5 Contract Issues for Buyers||2014|
|Intero Bay Area Office Meetings||Saffie Case: Liability of Listing Agents for MLS Comments||2014|
|Intero Bay Area Office Meetings||Unlicensed Contractors: Friend or Foe?||2014|
|Intero Bay Area Meetings||Deposit Disputes and Liquidated Damages||2014|
|Intero Bay Area Office Meetings||Multiple Offers: Are You In Contract or Not?||2013|
|Intero Bay Area Office Meetings||Late Acceptance||2013|
|Kapowich on Real Estate Radio Show||Title Issues Arising from Buying Properties in Foreclosure||2012|
|Annual Intero Real Estate Update Seminar||Updates to the CAR Form Purchase and Sale Agreement||2011|
|Kapowich on Real Estate Television Show||Foreclosures and Short Sales||2010|
|De Anza College Real Estate Course||Top Ten Mistakes Made by Buyers and Sellers||2007|
Posted by Thomas
During the course of a complicated $2M+ development project in the Town of Los Gatos, I retained the services of attorney Rick Gullen from the law offices of Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck in response to neighboring property owner’s lawsuits objecting to the project, as well as a breach of contract. Additionally, despite the project being permitted, there was increasing obstruction by City administration in response to these lawsuits that required Rick and his firm to intervene. The scope and breadth of the litigation required the involvement of California Fish and Wildlife, US Army Corp of Engineers, California Water Board, Air Quality Management District, County of Santa Clara, Town of Los Gatos Town Attorney, as well as surveyors, engineers, arborists, and hydrologists.
In addition to his years of personal, in-depth real estate law knowledge and litigation experience, and a large firm behind him specializing in complicated real estate matters, Rick brought to the table personal connections with experts ranging from former city Planners, structural and geotechnical engineers, aerial photography firms, surveyors, specialized insurance attorneys, property title experts, traffic engineers, etc.
The litigations spanned issues including easements, access right of ways, public vs private roadway right of ways, lot line disputes stemming from titles and maps from the 1800’s, and he also successfully won an arbitration award for liquidated damages, arguing against a complex claim of unmarketable title due to appurtenant easements and junior vs senior deeds of trust.
During the course of the litigation and negotiations with the City, Rick’s counsel and direction was always with our best interests in mind. As contentious as it became, Rick’s demeanor with all involved parties, allowed for the possibiltty of an amicable compromise where appropriate. Conversely, he successfully and forcefully argued points where there would be no compromise.
Our project could not have been successful without the help and guidance of Rick Gullen and the offices of Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck
Posted by Byron
My family and I highly recommend Rick Gullen for real estate disputes. He not only provided excellent legal representation on all fronts (strategy, negotiations, court, etc.) for a real estate dispute, but also helped us through an emotionally difficult time and became our friend in the process. Rick has earned my family's trust and will be our attorney for real estate matters for many years to come.
Posted by John
On a quiet Sunday afternoon about six months ago, I was served with a civil complaint contesting the ownership of one of my residential rental properties in San Jose. I was concurrently noticed of an “ex parte” hearing scheduled for 8:30 am the following Tuesday morning at which time the allegedly aggrieved Plaintiff would seek a court order to immediately place my property into receivership and begin collecting all of the rents etc. I literally had only hours to formally rebuke this craven, contumelious assault and to affirm my ownership position in this property!
I contacted RHRC early Monday morning and found the firm’s initial response professional and sympathetic to the absolute urgency of my plight. Rick Gullen quickly agreed to re-arrange his calendar and meet with me that afternoon to review the complaint and formulate an appropriate response. By the start of our meeting, there were less than eighteen hours before the “ex parte” hearing scheduled for the next morning! Rick, his assistant, and I worked diligently for the remainder of that afternoon and evening to prepare our formal response. We were ultimately successful in this endeavor and the Judge denied all elements of the receivership motion. In the ensuing weeks and months, the complaint response and a counter suit were filed and the discovery process was initiated. Recently, this case was resolved through mediation with an executed settlement agreement very much to my benefit.
As a successful entrepreneur and retired tech executive, I have had considerable experience dealing with dozens of attorneys during the past several decades. I have retained or otherwise engaged attorneys on three continents who specialized in litigation, corporate law, contract law, employment law, family law, patent law, intellectual property law, and international law. All of these attorneys were competent in their respective fields – some were even exceptional. Never however, had I prevailed upon any of my counsel to respond to an issue with such immediacy as I did with Rick. He willingly rose to the challenge as my advocate and successfully countered the opposition at every turn.
For the duration of this case, Rick consistently demonstrated his broad knowledge of the law and his experience in resolving real estate ownership conflicts. His recommendations regarding the strategies and tactics most likely to successfully engage the opposition were very insightful. Rick’s sage advice on the legal options available not only to me as the Defendant, but equally important, the various options likely to be pursued by the Plaintiff, were particularly significant in my management of this case. His pensive, amicable demeanor combined with his tenacity and dedication to defending his client and prevailing in the case, were indeed exemplary.
Should the need ever arise in the future, I would not hesitate to call on Rick for assistance. I am certain however, that he would very much appreciate having more than eighteen hours notice to prepare a formal response and appear in Court on my behalf! I can unequivocally recommend Rick Gullen as an advocate who always represents his clients’ best interests and as a consummate professional in the practice of real estate law.
Damian Castaneda, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I endorse this lawyer. I know the quality of Mr. Gullen's work because he was the opposing counsel in a case I recently had. Five qualities stood out: (1) he is very knowledgeable; (2) He's an excellent negotiator; (3) he's persistent; and (4) he is very professional. I have litigated against many lawyers and law firms in my 13-year career. I know who the good ones are. He's been a lawyer for 24 years. He knows what he is doing. I respect Mr. Gullen greatly. And I am sure others do as well. If you hire him, you are hiring an experienced litigator backed by a premier law firm.