Section | Real Property

COVID19 Series Update Landlord Tenant Leases

Commercial Lease Coronavirus Challenges Update-Best Practices Now from Landlord and Tenant Perspective

Daniel Dersham | Attorney, Lerman Law Partners
Jeffrey Lerman | Managing Partner, Lerman Law Partners
Philip Diamond | Of Counsel, Lerman Law Partners/Mediator, Diamond Dispute Resolution

Perhaps the most common, the most urgent, and the most expensive problem commercial landlords and tenants are facing as a result of the coronavirus is the lease that binds them. Tenants in most industries are facing unprecedented and unanticipated economic hardship and uncertainty, fighting for the very existence of their business. Landlords, who are facing a wave of unprecedented and unanticipated rent defaults, economic hardship and uncertainty, are still obligated to pay their mortgage and building expenses and are not in a position to become effectively a lender to their delinquent tenants.

The table has been set for inevitable disputes to somehow resolve the parties' respective challenges. If you are a commercial landlord or tenant, this is likely your most urgent challenge right now.
Lerman Law Partners, LLP real estate litigation and transaction attorneys Jeff Lerman, Phil Diamond (who is also a mediator) and Dan Dersham will present the latest updates regarding the impact of COVID-19 on commercial leases and evictions, from both the landlord and tenant perspective.

By the end of this webinar, you will understand:
1. How to identify and deal with the challenges of leasing commercial properties during the crisis.
2. What commercial landlords can do if their tenants stop paying rent.
3. The potential for business interruption insurance coverage for lost rents.
4. The use of mediation and mediation principles in resolving commercial lease disputes.
5. Potential strategies for commercial tenants who are unable to meet their lease obligations due to the current crisis.
6. Updates on California, San Francisco and Marin COVID-19 Emergency Orders and Ordinances impacting commercial leases.
7. What can landlords legally do to evict their tenants...and when?

To receive MCLE credit, you must sign in during the designated MCLE registration period, provide your CA State Bar number, and stay for the duration of the activity. This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. MCBA is a certified provider: Provider #411

1.0 CLE | General


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Speaker Information

Daniel Dersham

Attorney, Lerman Law Partners

Daniel is an attorney with Lerman Law Partners, LLP in San Rafael, California. His practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. Daniel regularly represents commercial landlords and tenants, investors, developers, corporate clients, and individuals in purchasing, selling, financing, leasing, and developing commercial properties. He also represents owners, developers, lenders, and investors in purchasing, selling, financing, leasing, and developing residential real estate. Daniel’s practice also includes transactional corporate matters, such as joint ventures, acquisitions, formation, dissolution, and governance. Daniel is a litigator by training with extensive experience in federal and state litigation, including bench and jury trials, arbitration, and mediation.

Jeffrey Lerman

Managing Partner, Lerman Law Partners

Jeff Lerman has established a nationwide reputation as “The Real Estate Investor’s Lawyer”SM and helps investors with their transactions and litigation. He has been featured on TV, radio, in publications and in front of numerous real estate investment clubs to speak on various real estate topics.
His credentials include:
• President of the Marin County Bar Association
• Chair of the California State Bar Real Estate Litigation Section
• Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers®
• Recognized as “Leading Real Estate Attorney” by National Real Estate Investor” magazine
• Recognized as one of the “Top Attorneys in Northern California” by San Francisco magazine
He has lectured at UC Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics and the USC Law Center. He is Managing Partner of Lerman Law Partners. Jeff has been practicing law for 40 years and is the former general counsel for two national real estate syndication companies. He’s also a real estate investor and a real estate broker. You can visit his website at


Philip Diamond

Of Counsel, Lerman Law Partners/Mediator, Diamond Dispute Resolution

Phil Diamond is an attorney and mediator who has practiced a wide range of civil litigation for over 45 years. He has been rated AV Preeminent™ 5 out of 5 by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating for ethics and excellence by his peers) since the beginning of his practice. He has been Of Counsel to LERMAN LAW PARTNERS, LLP, since 2004, where his practice focuses on real estate disputes, litigation, and transactions.
Phil is also a mediator and arbitrator through his independent ADR practice, DIAMOND DISPUTE RESOLUTION, through which he has resolved hundreds of disputes over the years, many of them involving real estate-related matters. He is past Chair of the MCBA ADR Section, and frequently serves as a Settlement Panelist for the Marin County Superior Court. He is also a past Director of the MCBA.
In addition, Phil is also a licensed real estate broker, real estate investor/developer, and commercial landlord.
With his background in real estate litigation, transactions, mediation, development, and ownership, Phil brings a unique set of skills to the resolution of commercial lease disputes.