Kenneth Gaines graduated from UCLA in 1966 with a B.S. in Business Administration. There, his studies focused on real estate and finance. He then obtained his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. At Hastings, Kenneth was both a participant and a member of the Editorial Board of the Hastings Law Journal, a recipient of two scholarships and a Board of Directors merit grant for academic excellence, and the American Jurisprudence award for his coursework.
Since his admission to the California Bar in January 1971, Kenneth has specialized in several areas of complex litigation and transactional work. Kenneth devotes a substantial portion of his practice on issues related to real estate – both transactions and litigation – including residential, apartment houses, commercial, and industrial. Because of his vast expertise, he often consults with other attorneys, he has testified as an expert witness and he has served as special real estate counsel to bankruptcy trustees by appointment of the United States Bankruptcy Court.
In the real estate arena, he has extensive knowledge of purchase and sale transactions; broker rights and liabilities; financing, including the rights of borrowers and lenders; foreclosures – both non-judicial and judicial, including rights to a deficiency judgment; landlord/tenant disputes; title issues, including title insurance litigation; neighbor disputes; problems with trees and shrubs; easements, enforcement of CC&R’s; homeowner’s associations; construction disputes; fraud relating to real estate transactions and has special expertise in the area of remedies.
Kenneth also focuses his efforts on class action matters, representing plaintiffs in the employment, privacy, and consumer contexts. Kenneth has been appointed class counsel by numerous California State and Federal Courts, representing classes ranging from several dozen, to several million, members. Kenneth has recovered millions of dollars for employees and consumers.
From 1973 until 1978 he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Mid-Valley College of Law (since merged with University of San Fernando Valley) where he taught Real Property, Secured Real Estate Transactions, Modern Real Estate Transactions and Trusts.
Kenneth is also the author of How to Sell (and Buy) Your Home Without a Broker published by Coward, McCann and Geoghegian (G.P. Putnam & Sons). This work was described as “outstanding” by Money Magazine and “an absolute necessity for the novice” by Kirkus Reviews.
Kenneth has participated in countless mediations, both as the mediator and as the attorney for the parties. As a practicing attorney with an active litigation practice, he has personal, firsthand knowledge of the benefits, burdens, costs and expenses of litigating real estate disputes and therefore has a high degree of credibility in making recommendations and evaluations. While serving as a mediator, he is not reluctant to express his opinion as to probable outcomes if litigation is pursued and to suggest alternative measures of resolution.