Testimonials

PNC Real Estate

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a Letter of Reference concerning the legal representation provided by Michael A. Hearn. Mr. Hearn has represented our company against various builders and contractors for construction deficiencies found at our apartment projects.

When I initially met Mr. Hearn in 2013, PNC Real Estate (through a single asset LLC) owned and operated an apartment complex in San Diego County, California. At the time, we had been made aware of a significant crack in the subterranean garage and we were referred to Mr. Hearn to perform some additional investigation and protect our interest. PNC Real Estate is involved with numerous apartment complexes and had not previously had the experience of working with experienced counsel in the area of construction defect litigation. Retaining Mr. Hearn’s services became incredibly valuable to both our company and our investors.

Through subsequent and thorough investigations performed by Mr. Hearn and his consultants, Mr. Hearn clearly identified the cause of the cracks and the proper repairs. More importantly, Mr. Hearn identified numerous other construction deficiencies that were previously unknown to us. Without Mr. Hearn’s involvement, those items would have remained undiscovered until it was too late to bring them to the attention of the builder. Had that happened, those items would have become a maintenance concern for the project and, in turn, the LLC and its investors would have incurred significant costs conducting the necessary repairs.

Thankfully, through a series of several mediations and difficult negotiations spearheaded by Mr. Hearn, we were able to resolve all of the claims satisfactorily and successfully before trial. As a result of Mr. Hearn’s efforts, the ownership received significant funds that were more than adequate to address the construction deficiencies, thus alleviating the need for ownership to expend their own funds to make the appropriate repairs.

4 Seasons Management Group, LLC

Over the past two years, I have been working closely with you concerning the above­ referenced Association’s claim against the original builder for construction defects. I have been so impressed with you and your firm that I would like to provide you with this letter of reference.

In late 2013, it became apparent to the Board of Directors and our office that the Vallagio North project was in desperate need of good legal counsel to guide them in making a claim on the original builder for construction deficiencies. Once the Board of directors retained your services, we were all immediately impressed with how quickly and thoroughly you put together our Notice of Claim to protect the Association from the running of various statutes. We were also very impressed with your obvious experience and expertise in the field of construction and in the application of the appropriate laws.

Unfortunately, the Notice of Claim was not responded to by the Builder and you successfully guided us through the litigation process and expertly handled our claim all the way through a jury trial held in November of 2015. A highly successful verdict of almost $6 million dollars only confirmed our feelings about you and your firm, i.e. that you were well prepared, presented the evidence in an expert fashion and completely convinced the jury that our claims were legitimate.

I have been in the property management business for over twenty years and have dealt with several other projects that had construction defect issues. I have never been as impressed with counsel as I have been with you and your firm. The claims in this matter were extremely complicated, especially the structural failures in the subterranean garage, as well as the massive damages found by you and your experts in the balconies, walls and other areas.

Your work has always been highly professional, thorough and performed with the best interest of your client. In short, the Association and 4 Seasons is and was extremely happy with your efforts and guidance. We highly recommend you to anyone who has property damage as a result of construction defects or from other causes. We honestly do not believe there is a better attorney in this field.
Should there be any questions concerning any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe

Pursuant to your request, please accept this letter as a letter of reference on behalf of the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe.

As you might recall, I contacted you in approximately January of 2013 because we had been advised that you were one of the best construction defect attorneys in the State of California.  Considering that referral came from a highly regarded defense attorney in the same field, we were very impressed with what he had to say about your firm. After our initial discussions and then your trip up to Blue Lake, our entire organization was very impressed with your knowledge and experience in the construction industry and in particular representing property owners who have sustained damages from construction defects.

Initially, our concerns were just over siding and some plumbing issues, however, you and your team did an incredibly thorough investigation into our hotel and identified several other problems that were starting to cause damage to the building.

Over the past two years, we have admired and respected the manner in which you have handled this claim on behalf of the Tribe.  Your work has always been highly professional, thorough and performed with the best interest of your client, the Tribe, in mind.  You have been highly successful in handling the motions that were filed against our claim and your preparation for both court appearances and on-site testing has been incredible.

In short, the Tribe is extremely happy that you were referred to our office and we are happy to provide you with this reference.  We would highly recommend you to anyone who has property damage as a result of construction defects or from other causes.  We do not believe there is a better attorney in this particular field.

Should there be any questions concerning any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.