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I have been practicing real estate and business law for over 25 years.  I deliver optimal cost-efficient solutions for clients, whether through the negotiation and drafting of complex transactions, or litigating contentious disputes.  I have represented clients in a wide variety of real estate and business matters, whether they were participating as an investor, developer, builder, contractor, homeowner, broker, lender, borrower, landlord, tenant, debtor, creditor, or title company.    


I also represent investors and developers in commercial transactions through the acquisition, due diligence, management, sale, and exchange stages of investment properties and businesses, including negotiating and drafting purchase agreements, development agreements, partnership agreements, CC&Rs, easements, leases, options, assignments, non-competition agreements, promissory notes, deeds of trust, security agreements, and subordination agreements.  The projects involved include multi-tenant office and retail shopping centers, as well as single tenant leased investments, with national franchises such as Walgreens, Carl's Jr., Dollartree, Autozone, IHOP, Olive Garden, O'Reilly, and Tireworks, as well as local businesses.  


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 60%
    27 years, 400 cases
  2. Contracts: 40%
    27 years, 275 cases

Attorney endorsements

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  • David S Hoffman

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Rich on "both sides" of the many cases we have had together over the years. He is knowledgeable, prepared and ethical.


    David Hoffman Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Damian R. Castaneda

    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.


    Damian Castaneda Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck Leaders in real estate and busines law.

1960 The Alameda Suite 200
San Jose, CA, 95126


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2007
Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2006
Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2005
Top 100 Attorneys of Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2004
Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2003
Top 100 Attorneys in Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderRossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Van Buren Estates Lenders, LLC v. Van Buren Estates Partners, L.P., et. al., (2013)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
FacebookInterference With Secondary Easements2014
FacebookNew Land Use Laws2014
FacebookBelow Market Rate Purchase Options Are Exactions2014
FacebookLandlords Are Vulnerable to Prescriptive Easement Claims2013
FacebookNew Laws Protecting Tenants After a Foreclosure2013
FacebookDisclosing Pending Notice of Default to Prospective Tenants2013
Bay Area LawyersDealing With Property Owners in Default2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of the PacificN/AB.M.1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Intero Sales MeetingsMultiple Offer Issues2015
RE 360 Radio ShowTop 5 Disclosure Issues for Sellers2014
RE 360 Radio ShowTop 5 Contract Issues for Buyers2014
Intero Bay Area Office MeetingsSaffie Case: Liability of Listing Agents for MLS Comments2014
Intero Bay Area Office MeetingsUnlicensed Contractors: Friend or Foe?2014
Intero Bay Area MeetingsDeposit Disputes and Liquidated Damages2014
Intero Bay Area Office MeetingsMultiple Offers: Are You In Contract or Not?2013
Intero Bay Area Office MeetingsLate Acceptance2013
Kapowich on Real Estate Radio ShowTitle Issues Arising from Buying Properties in Foreclosure2012
Annual Intero Real Estate Update SeminarUpdates to the CAR Form Purchase and Sale Agreement2011
Kapowich on Real Estate Television ShowForeclosures and Short Sales2010
De Anza College Real Estate CourseTop Ten Mistakes Made by Buyers and Sellers2007