PRACTICE AREAS

Business Litigation

Merrill, Nomura & Molineux is experienced in assisting clients in all types of business disputes, including breach of contract, business dissolution, collections, breach of fiduciary duty, accounting and declaratory relief. We represent a variety of businesses, from local partnerships to multinational corporations, and our attorneys work closely with their clients to develop and implement litigation strategies that complement and promote each client’s individual business objectives.

Questions about our business litigation practice should be directed to Charles E. Merrill or Karl R. Molineux.

Real Estate Litigation

Merrill, Nomura & Molineux has successfully represented commercial and residential owners in a wide range of real estate matters, including breach of contract, specific performance, easements, non-disclosure, landlord-tenant, land use, property line disputes, fraud, negligence and environmental contamination.

Questions about our real estate litigation practice should be directed to Charles E. Merrill or Karl R. Molineux.

Eminent Domain

Our attorneys have represented residential and commercial property owners in all types of eminent domain (condemnation and inverse condemnation) cases for over 25 years. Senior partner Charles E. Merrill has developed a reputation as one of the foremost condemnation lawyers in Northern California. Mr. Merrill’s many successful settlements and verdicts include a record condemnation jury verdict in Napa County.

Questions about our condemnation practice should be directed to Charles E. Merrill.

Construction Defect Litigation

Merrill, Nomura & Molineux is one of the foremost construction defect law firms in California, having obtained verdicts and settlements for our clients totaling over $100,000,000. Our clients include homeowners, homeowner associations, commercial property owners, hospitals, hotels and gaming casinos. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling a diverse range of construction and design defect issues, including building code violations, defective materials, building envelope systems, electrical systems, flashing, fire safety, mechanical (HVAC) systems, ADA compliance, negligent inspection, defective design, plumbing, roofing, soils and foundations, structural systems, waterproofing, wastewater treatment and windows.

The firm also represents owners, general contractors, developers and subcontractors of all types who have been named as defendants in construction defect lawsuits. If there is any type of “failure” in a project, it is likely that we have dealt with it. Much of Merrill, Nomura & Molineux’s success in prosecuting and defending construction defect claims is based on the construction defect experts and consultants with whom we work on a regular basis and who are among the best in the country.

Questions about our construction defect practice should be directed to Charles E. Merrill or Karl R. Molineux.

Construction Litigation

Merrill, Nomura & Molineux has successfully represented commercial and residential owners, contractors, developers and subcontractors in a wide range of construction litigation, including breach of contract, payment disputes, performance bond claims, payment bond claims, mechanics lien foreclosures and delay claims.

Questions about our construction litigation practice should be directed to Charles E. Merrill or Karl R. Molineux.

Business Transactions

Merrill, Nomura & Molineux represents clients in connection with a range of business transactions, financial matters and organizational issues, including mergers and acquisitions, franchise agreements, corporate reorganizations, shareholder buyouts, executive compensation and corporate governance and the formation, operation and dissolution of partnerships, corporations and LLC’s. Merrill, Nomura & Molineux attorneys have particular expertise negotiating and successfully closing large-scale corporate asset and stock sales, including the performance of due diligence and the preparation of purchase agreements and related transactional documents. The firm also acts as corporate counsel to a wide variety of large and small businesses.

Questions about our business transactions practice should be directed to Brent K. Nomura.

Real Estate Transactions 

Merrill, Nomura, and Molineux provides a comprehensive range of legal services in connection with both residential and commercial real estate transactions. Our attorneys have extensive expertise in the preparation of purchase agreements, leases, conveyancing and financing documents and other transactional instruments, and collectively possess over 100 years of experience in the structuring, negotiation and closing of real estate purchases, sales and leases. We also assist clients with the identification and evaluation of potential real estate investment opportunities.

Questions about our real estate transactions practice should be directed to Brent K. Nomura.