Gonsalves & Kozachenko



We counsel our clients to avoid litigation, and through a combination of approaches—including diligent investigation and legal analysis, pre-trial motions to the court, and negotiation—we manage to resolve many cases on terms that are favorable to our clients without the need to bring them to trial.

When litigation is unavoidable, we can assist clients with the entire process, including pre-trial activities, trial, and the appeals process. 

We handle all types of litigation matters, including:

  • Commercial contracts and leases
  • Real estate transactions
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Construction defects and construction contract claims and disputes
  • Employment contracts
  • Trust and will contests
  • Family law

We have litigated matters ranging in size from a short arbitration of a construction dispute through a multi-day trial of a suit involving fraud, dissolution of a partnership and partition of property. We are experienced in all phases of litigation from pre-filing negotiations through trial and preparation of writ petitions and appeals. Examples of our work include:

  • Obtaining or opposing restraining orders and injunctions relating to trade secrets, unfair competition, and the freezing of bank accounts
  • Successfully defending a bank against cross-claims for fraud and breach of contract brought by a defaulting borrower
  • Successfully representing a developer in its dispute with a city over zoning and other land use entitlements
  • Winning rescission of a multimillion dollar real estate contract because of non-disclosure of an underground storage tank
  • Assisting lessors in commercial and residential unlawful detainers

Commercial Litigation

While we will do everything to avoid the need to resort to litigation, unfortunately, disputes do arise. In such cases, Gonsalves & Kozachenko has the expertise to advise you and your business on the entire litigation process, from preventative litigation counseling to alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration), and finally, if necessary, litigation. We have represented clients in a number of different areas, including tenant-landlord disputes and unlawful detainers, construction disputes and hazardous waste cleanups.

Contact a Litigation Professional

Paul Kozachenko, Partner

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Robin Tanabe, Associate

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Nicholas Kozachenko, Associate

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Main: (510) 770-3900

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