Peter N. Brewer possesses exceptional knowledge and experience in real estate and lending law, in both litigation and transactions.
Peter has been a lawyer for over 35 years, and is also licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate as a real estate broker. For five years he was a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of one of the nation’s biggest real estate lenders, giving him unique experience and expertise in real estate, business and lending matters, both large and small. Following that he worked in the real estate and litigation division of Liccardo, Rossi, Sturges & McNeil, then a 22-lawyer firm in San Jose.
Peter started his own firm in Palo Alto in 1995. The firm has grown to five attorneys, and serves the legal needs of homeowners, purchasers and sellers, real estate and mortgage brokers, agents, brokerages, title companies, investors, other real estate professionals and their clients. He and his firm also represent clients in debt collection, creditor representation in bankruptcy, breach of contract matters, and other litigation and transactional work.
In addition to the Juris Doctor degree awarded to him by the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1979, Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University in San Jose in metallurgy and machine tool technology.
Peter has served on the Peninsula Regional Data Service’s (multiple listing service) forms committee and is a member of the California Association of Realtors Legal Affairs Committee. Peter sits as a Judge Pro Tempore on the Santa Clara County Superior Court, and is a panel member of several committees of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, including its Real Property Committee (past Chairperson), the Civil Practice Committee, the Solo and Small Firm Committee, and the Fee Arbitration Committee. He is also on the executive committee of the California State Bar Association’s Law Practice Management and Technology section.
Mr. Brewer is also passionate about mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He has helped clients settle disputes outside of the court room for many years and is often appointed as an “Early Neutral” by the Superior Court. To keep up with current trends in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, he is a graduate of the training in mediation skills put on by the prestigious American Arbitration Association, one of the nation’s most recognized providers and arbitrators for alternative dispute resolution.
Peter is also licensed to practice law in all State and Federal Courts in California and Idaho and certain Federal Courts in Michigan and Iowa (and probably in other states he no longer recalls).
Doctor of Law (1979)
Santa Clara University School of Law — Santa Clara, California
Bachelor of Arts (1973)
California State University, San Jose — San Jose, California
Metallurgy and Machine Tool Technology