Lawrence R. Jensen

  • Sole Practitioner


San Jose, CA





Admitted to practice in California on December 11, 1987, California State Bar Number 132330.  Established solo-practice in 1994, after seven years of practice at two prominent real estate and business oriented law firms. My practice emphasizes representation of small and medium sized businesses, non-profits, and fiduciaries, including start-ups, landlords, real estate brokers, commercial tenants, trustees, contractors, and others in real estate and business transactions and litigation. I especially enjoy forming corporations and limited liability companies, and representing parties to real estate or business purchase and sale agreements or parties to leases. I have had a lot of experience in handling boundary and title disputes, mechanic's liens, non-disclosure, broker-commission disputes, and in contract and lease litigation matters.

Areas Of Practice

  • Broker & Transaction Litigation
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Buying & Selling
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Condemnation
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives
  • Construction Contracts
  • Construction Defects
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Liens
  • Contracts
  • Conveyancing
  • Eminent Domain
  • Homeowners' Associations
  • Land Contracts
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Mechanics' Liens
  • Property Taxes
  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Estate Loans
  • Renting & Leasing
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Title Insurance
  • Title Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1991


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1987
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Winner, Leo A. Huard Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1984
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Complying with Fair Housing Laws: Tips for Avoiding Prosecution, Apartment Management, April, 2000
  • Focus on Construction Law: Contractors Find Clarity for Contracts in MW Erectors, San Francisco Daily Journal, July 21, 2005
  • Mechanic's Lien Tactic Flops in Unlicensed Contractor Case, San Francisco Daily Journal, December 24, 2005
  • Look Before You Leap: LLCs for Income Properties, Apartment Management, August, 2009


  • Teacher, Eviction Law, Neighborhood Revitalization Program, City of San Jose
  • Anatomy of a Lease, Bay Area Income Property Expo
  • Anatomy of a Lease, Cal. Apt. Association, Tri-County Division
  • How to Change the Terms of the Tenancy, California Association of Realtors On-Line Continuing Education Program
  • Rent Control, Just Cause Evictions and Fair Housing : Current issues in residential landlord-tenant practice
  • Home Buying Soup to Nuts: Legal Aspects of Purchasing California Residential Real Property
  • Bourbon and Commercial Leasing: Negotiating and Drafting Commercial Leases
  • City of San Jose: Evictions
  • City of San Jose Project Blossom: Unlawful Detainers, 1998 to 2015
  • CAA Education Center: Unlawful Detainers: The Nuts and Bolts of Removing Undesirable Tenants
  • Rental Owners Council: Limited Liability Companies: The Preferred Entity for Landlords
  • Rental Owners Council: Eviction Procedures Overview; Recent Changes in Law
  • Networking Luncheon: Eviction Procedures Overview; Current Legal Issues
  • City of San Jose Code Enforcement Seminar: Eviction Law Overview
  • Dual Agency and Fiduciary Duties, Santa Clara County Association of Realtors

Honors And Awards

  • Rated “Distinguished” by Peer Review, Martindale-Hubbell*, 1998-2018

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Real Estate Law Section
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Association of Realtors
  • Tri-County Apartment Association
  • California Apartment Association
  • City of San Jose, Independent Contractor, 1998 to 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Liccardo, Rossi, Sturges & McNeil, 1992 to 1994
  • Hallgrimson, McNichols, McCann & Inderbitzen, 1987 to 1992

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.