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Lisa C. Roberts

Lisa C. Roberts

Lisa C. Roberts received her law degree magna cum laude in 1983 from Santa Clara University, and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Ms. Roberts previously practiced bank and finance law with the Palo Alto office of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich as a partner and with the San Jose office of Buchalter Nemer Fields & Younger. 

Ms. Roberts represented the California Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association as amicus curiae in the landmark California Supreme Court case deciding the degree of accountants’ liability to third parties, Bily v. Arthur Young & Co.

She has authored articles on that and other issues affecting financial institutions in publications including the Banking Policy Report. She co-authored an Action Guide for the California Continuing Education of the Bar program entitled Moving for Relief From the Automatic Stay In Bankruptcy.

She was 1992-93 Chairperson of the San Jose Bank Attorneys’ Association.  Ms. Roberts frequently lectures on lender, bankruptcy, and dispute resolution issues.  She is a member of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association and the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Practice Areas:
Banking & Financial Insitutions
Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights
Construction
Real Estate
Trial & Appellate Court Litigation

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A representative list of trial and appellate decisions in which Ms Roberts has been involved includes:

Published Decisions:

Bank of America v. Karelin (In re Karelin) (9th Cir.BAP 1990) 109 B.R.943 (Representing Plaintiff Bank of America at trial).

Billmeyer v. Plaza Bank of Commerce (1995) 42 Cal.App.4th 1086 [50 Cal.Rptr.2d 119] (Representing Defendants and Respondents Plaza Bank of Commerce and Pamela G. Bogle).

Bily v. Arthur Young & Company (1992) 3 Cal.4th 370 [11 Cal.Rptr.2d 51] (Representing amici curiae California Bankers Association).

Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. v. Toyama Partners, LLC (N.D.Cal.2012) 875 F.Supp.2d 1058 (Representing Toyama Partners in obtaining ruling holding that Dollar Tree’s liquidated damages clause in its lease is an unenforceable penalty provision)

Title Insurance Company of Minnesota v. Comerica Bank-California (1994) 27 Cal.App. 4th 800 [32 Cal.Rptr.2d 735] (Representing Defendant and Respondent Comerica Bank-California).

Transamerica Title Insurance Company v. Superior Court (1987) 188 Cal.App.3d 1047 [233 Cal Rptr. 825] (Representing Plaintiff and Real Party in Interest Bank of the West).

Unpublished Decisions:

Frog Creek Partners, LLC v. Vance Brown, Inc (2006) Cal. Ct. Appeal, First App. Dist., case no. A111059 (Representing Plaintiff and Respondent Frog Creek in action for fraud and breach of contract; Order denying motion to compel arbitration affirmed on appeal).

Frog Creek Partners, LLC v. Vance Brown, Inc. (2007) Cal. Ct. Appeal, First App. Dist., case no., A116800 (Representing Plaintiff and Respondent Frog Creek in action for fraud and breach of contract; Order denying motion to compel arbitration reversed on appeal).

Perlegos, et al. v. Frontier Land Companies (2009) Cal. Ct. Appeal, Third App. Dist., case no. C054852 (Representing Defendant and Respondent Frontier Land Companies in an action seeking to rescind a purchase and sale agreement based on unilateral mistake, fraud, and failure of consideration, and for declaratory relief).

Reedy v. Sasser (1998) Cal. Ct. Appeal, Third App. Dist., case no. C026950 (Representing Defendant and Respondent Grupe Development Associates in breach of contract action; judgment in favor of Grupe Development Associates affirmed).

Topol v. Safeway, Inc., et al. (2008) Cal. Ct. Appeal, Third App. Dist., case no. C056740 (Representing Defendant and Respondent Safeway, Inc. in an action seeking declaratory relief and specific performance of an option to purchase real property).