Samuel Alhadeff


Samuel Alhadeff is a partner in the Temecula office of Lewis Brisbois and is vice-chair of the Real Estate & Land Use and Government Affairs & Public Policy Practices. As such, he coordinates with other attorneys within the firm in a team approach to issues involving representation for public agencies in California. Mr. Alhadeff has represented a number of interests in his 43 year career. For example, while now specializing in governmental affairs, representation before public agencies involving real estate, land use, construction and business law, he has also represented a number of other interests throughout the years. As an example, he has represented the American Tuna Boat Association in maritime and fishing matters. He has represented numerous public companies in business matters involving both real estate and operations. Finally, he has also represented a number of winery and liquor interests throughout the country.

Mr. Alhadeff started his career by working with Caltrans on eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters as a trial attorney. For a number of years, Mr. Alhadeff served as counsel to the development of Rancho California a 91,000 acre master plan project. In working with that project, he represented a number of lenders and insurance companies. Throughout the years, he has also worked with REITS in developing large commercial projects.

He was also asked to serve as contract City Attorney for a City in Southern California and did so for a period of six years. He has represented various cities and public entities in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County. In the last few years, he has participated in working with conservation organizations in negotiating and closing property sales for conservation. In the last three years, Mr. Alhadeff has assisted in the entitlement of residential and commercial projects in California worth several billions of dollars.

Mr. Alhadeff has lectured the State Bar in construction law and has also lectured for the American Institute of Appraisers with regard to appraisal of various property interests.

Selected real estate development clients include:

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Beazer Homes
  • Bedford Properties
  • Brookfield
  • D.R. Horton
  • Del Webb
  • K & B
  • Kaiser Properties
  • Lennar
  • Meritage
  • Pulte Homes
  • Sunbelt
  • Tripointe

Selected financial clients include:

  • Bank of America
  • Kemper
  • U.S. Bancorp
  • Other banks and insurance companies

Admitted in California only. Not licensed in Tennessee. Tennessee admission pending.


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Other Admissions
    • Tennessee admission pending



U.S. District Court of Appeals – 9th Circuit

U.S. District Court Northern District of California

U.S. District Court Central District of California

U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Awards & Honors

  • Voted one of the best RE lawyers in the Inland Empire for the last 2 years by Inland Empire Magazine
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell
  • Chapman University Institute for Real Estate and Environmental Services


University of San Diego

Juris Doctor, 1970

Claremont McKenna College

Bachelor of Arts, 1967

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