Venus Viloria Berdan
Venus Viloria Berdan is a senior associate attorney with the Law Offices of Dana Dean. Since 2007, Ms. Berdan has handled real estate cases for the firm for a wide range of clients, including homeowners, developers, non-profit organizations, and commercial and industrial business entities.
In the area of zoning, planning, and land use, Ms. Berdan has advised and assisted clients on such matters as obtaining land use entitlements (e.g., CEQA approvals, building permits, variances, and parcel or subdivision maps), addressing code enforcement and local government law issues, and challenging zoning and land use decisions as, for example, with regards to approvals of planning/land use applications that violate the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or are inconsistent with the local jurisdiction’s general plan.
Ms. Berdan’s broad transactional experience includes: advising clients regarding their real estate acquisition and disposition transactions; drafting and reviewing purchase and sale agreements, leases, financing/loan agreements, and easement agreements; reviewing due diligence materials and related transactional documents such as trust distribution and partnership agreements; and drafting and reviewing documents related to the formation and operation of a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.
Examples of real estate litigation cases that Ms. Berdan has been involved with include cases dealing with CEQA violations and general plan inconsistency, cost recovery and declaratory relief under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), easement and boundary issues, quiet title, fraud committed by real estate brokers, landlord-tenant disputes, and the validity and enforceability of CC&Rs.
Prior to coming to the Law Offices of Dana Dean, Ms. Berdan worked in the areas of general civil litigation, immigration law, and bankruptcy law.