Ashlee Gonzales brings the grit and determination of a former Division I collegiate athlete to her practice as a real estate lawyer, where she protects her clients’ interests in the most competitive real estate market in the United States. As partner and real estate lawyer at the prominent boutique law firm, Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP, Ashlee represents investors, agents, brokers, landlords, homeowners, sellers, and co-owners in a wide variety of real estate matters. By blending compassion, competitiveness, and steadfast pursuit of accuracy, clients can rely on attorney Gonzales to deliver trustworthy advice and effective counsel in litigation. attorney Gonzales is also a licensed California real estate broker. With deep industry experience and over 5 years in practice, Ashlee is uniquely positioned to help clients succeed in unlawful detainers, failure to disclose actions, co-ownership disputes, partition actions, collections, and landlord-tenant matters.
When a large brokerage was sued for fraud and negligence regarding the sale of a fourplex, the client faced significant liability and potentially catastrophic consequences. But as co-counsel in front of a Superior Court jury, Ashlee Gonzales won a unanimous verdict for her client, defeating every single claim in the case. In both transactional matters and in litigation, Ashlee aggressively defends and skillfully advances the interests of her clients. As a result, she has been recognized as a 2020 Super Lawyers® Rising Star for Real Estate Law in Northern California.
The competitive landscape in California real estate, mixed with elevated property values, puts incredible pressure on the market. These pressures invariably fuel conflicts. Much is at stake for landlords trying to protect their streams of investment income, or home buyers discovering a costly defect that was otherwise undisclosed. In these high stakes matters, Attorney Gonzales helps clients avoid obstacles and defuse conflicts by giving each and every matter her full attention and passion. Balancing all legal options with detailed risk assessment, Ashlee empowers her clients with insights for effective decision-making.
Co-ownership is becoming increasingly popular throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area as an affordable way to own real estate. In addition, the passing of a family member often results in multiple beneficiaries inheriting real property. Attorney Gonzales has significant experience mitigating co-ownership disputes and resolving partition actions. Ashlee ensures clients have a comprehensive understanding of their property rights and uses the law to enforce these rights for the benefit and posterity of her clients.
When disputes arise — between co-owners or between landlords & tenants — attorney Gonzales maintains expert composure and intense focus on details and accuracy. Ashlee has conducted over a hundred unlawful detainer actions, both representing landlords and tenants. Her advice to landlord-tenant clients is informed by a constant awareness of law changes and developments at the local, county, state, and federal levels.
Ashlee joined Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP immediately after graduating law school, first working as the assistant office manager for the firm. Upon successfully passing the California Bar Exam on her first attempt, she soon began practicing law with the firm. While in law school, Ashlee worked as an assistant for a small estate planning law firm and volunteered as a Certified Legal Intern for the Elder Law Clinic. Attorney Gonzales received her law degree from the John F. Kennedy University School of Law in 2015, where she earned Dean’s List recognition every semester that she was enrolled. Ashlee was a three-time recipient of the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, which recognizes California law students who attain the highest grade in a qualifying course. Prior to law school, Ashlee earned her B.BA from California State University — Sacramento. While in undergraduate studies, Ashlee competed as a NCAA Division I student athlete as a catcher for the Women’s Softball Team. She walked on to the team her first year, and was the team captain during her senior year, when she earned the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete Award.
Attorney Gonzales is a frequent speaker and author on various real estate law topics. She has given presentations and produced webinars for various regional and national organizations, such as the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS® (SAMCAR), American Apartment Owners Association, the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR), various real estate brokerages, and the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR). Attorney Gonzales was the 2018 co-chair of the Real Estate Law Section of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, and she is involved with the SCCAOR affiliate committee. Ashlee is also an avid supporter of the annual Heroes Run, a benefit by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office to support children’s health services in low-income communities.
Along with practicing martial arts and traveling, Ashlee enjoys spending time with her husband, her three pups, and her very handsome toddler son.
Attorney at Law
State Bar of California #305693
Sacramento State (B.S – Business Administration, May 2011)
John F. Kennedy School of Law (J.D, May 2015)
Santa Clara County Bar Association
Article Editor for the California Real Property Journal
2018 Co-Chair, Palo Alto Area Bar Association (PAABA) Real Estate Section
Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, 2018 Affiliate Committee Member