Orange County Financial and Real Estate Attorney


Professional | Experience | Accessible

Whether you run a mortgage company, real estate firm or a bank, Harriet B. Alexson offers you personalized, skilled legal services in several key areas of Banking and Finance ServicesMergers and AcquisitionsSyndications and Private Equity, and Commercial Real Estate Law

My firm specializes in transactions, regulations, strategic alliances and mixed collateral loan transactions in the real estate and financial services industries.    We are positioned in a unique space in that my many years in big firm law and my expertise in complex mixed collateral transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private funds, fintech  and bank regulation allow us to provide consulting services and training  in-house for commercial and real estate lenders.

Financial Services

  • Payment Processing
  • Technology Lending
  • Structuring
  • Negotiating
  • Modifying finance documents
  • Sale of loans
  • Finance lenders
  • Department of real estate matters
  • Combinations in the financial services industry
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts and structuring entities
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Experience and Personal Attention

With more than 20 years’ experience, Harriet B. Alexson provides you with unsurpassed legal services from initial consultation until your matter is settled. This gives your bank or mortgage firm the benefit of having a large firm partner on your matter.

Financial Services Attorney on Your Team

Legal services are a cost of doing business and your attorney is one of your most valuable resources for leases, contracts, compliance, and business advice.

Selected Transactions

    • Representation of a public company in the sale of the company’s portfolio of assisted-living tax credit properties.
    • Representation of a lender in (me) the documentation of a construction loan, and (ii) the review and approval of the land use documents (including public finance documents) for the development of a large retail-commercial project, including the Kodak Theater, in Hollywood, California.  The construction loan amount was approximately $800 million.
    • Representation of mortgage bankers, brokers, wholesalers and servicers in licensing and regulatory compliance nationwide, and sale of loans to investors.
    • Served as outside general counsel to the mortgage banking subsidiary of a publicly-traded bank holding company also owning a commercial bank.
    • Served as outside general counsel to a finance lender specializing in the origination and servicing of mobile home loans.
    • Represented real estate investors in equity offerings and funds under Regulation D.

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Mortgage Firm Representation

“Harriet B. Alexson represented my mortgage brokerage firm in its licensing expansion and broker compensation matters. We established a compliance methodology to pave the way for the company growth. Ms. Alexson is an expert in the commercial and residential brokerage area of law.” CEO

Obligations of a Surety

Representation of a Guarantor in the dispute over the enforceability of the Guaranty of a loan to an RV Dealer.  The Recitals had expressly limited to Guaranty to a fixed amount and the lender knew our client had sold 100% of the shares of the dealership to an individual who had assumed all obligations under the loan.  Our client’s counsel, at the time of the sale of his interest, neglected to get the release of the Guaranty.  Additionally, the loan had been paid in full and then the new owner had borrowed under the same documents.  We looked at the factual issues, the lender’s conduct of not giving our client notice of the sale of the collateral upon the default on the second loan and the obligations of a surety under Ca. law.

Dispute with a large money center

Representation of a payment processor in a dispute with a large money center bank for freezing its accounts based upon a high rate of chargebacks.  Expertise in the FDIC guidance letters relating to the obligations of the federally-regulated financial institutions when the payment processor is the customer.

Release of the Collateral

Representation of a commercial real estate investor/developer in a dispute with a large money center bank relating to a dispute regarding the interest rate swap component and the real estate secured loan documents.  Litigation relating to the swap penalties assessed again the borrower and the dispute relating to the release of the collateral.

Settlement on all her claims

This was an arbitration whereby our client, as a former employee and investor in certain limited liability companies, organized under the De. Series LLC law, was required to divest certain profits and was entitled to certain distributions from later transactions after she was no longer employed with one of the entities.  The engagement related to a review and analysis of the De. Series C LLC law and the relevant cases.  The claimant did prevail, in a settlement on all of her claims.