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Eviction Jury Trials Are Happening in San Diego County

Eviction Jury Trials Are Happening in San Diego County

So. Cal. Realty Law attorneys Shanna Welsh-Levin and Zackary Mikucki presented one of our unlawful detainer (eviction) cases to a live jury on April 14th – 16th, 2021. This marks an important milestone for San Diego County. To maintain the integrity of a jury trial,...

MORATORIUM UPDATE FOR CALIFORNIA LANDLORDS

MORATORIUM UPDATE FOR CALIFORNIA LANDLORDS

LANDLORDS NEED TO KNOW: MORATORIUM UPDATE HARDSHIP DECLARATIONS AND SIX MORE WEEKS UNTIL EVICTION RESTRICTIONS EASE UP That light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter! On February 1, 2021, some of the heavy restrictions protecting tenants from evictions will...

We represent property owners, landlords, real estate professionals and commercial tenants.

– Shanna Welsh-Levin

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The legal services offered by this firm include commercial and residential real estate transactions, negotiation, civil litigation, mediation, arbitration, unlawful detainer (eviction), commercial tenant defense, and a wide variety of other real estate-related services.

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At So. Cal. Realty Law, we have experience in every aspect of real estate transactions and litigation. The subject matter of litigation includes real estate fraud, non-disclosure disputes, professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, California Business & Professions Code, easement and boundary line disputes, to name a few. We begin each new matter with a free initial review of your concerns, and we see if you match up with the services we provide. If we are not a fit, we will try to refer you to another professional who can assist you.

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Shanna Welsh-Levin

Shanna Welsh-Levin

Senior Attorney

Attorney Shanna Welsh-Levin is a member of the State Bar of California, and the San Diego County Bar Association and the owner and Senior Attorney of So Cal Realty Law. She is a member of the Real Property Law Section. Mrs. Welsh-Levin is a California licensed real estate broker and an active member of the San Diego Association of REALTORS®. She has served on committees at SDAR and attended legislative functions as a representative of the association. She is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, the California Association of REALTORS® and regularly attends the Legal Affairs Forum. During the recession and housing crisis from 2007 through 2014, Mrs. Welsh-Levin participated in hundreds of HOME Clinics that took place throughout San Diego County, Imperial County, and Riverside County. The clinics were sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a volunteer attorney at these events, Ms. Welsh-Levin consulted with homeowners who were in distress because of their mortgages.

Mrs. Welsh was instrumental in passing California’s short sale anti-deficiency statute. Working with Senator Denise Ducheny’s office, Ms. Welsh helped to introduce Senate Bill 931, to protect consumers from their lenders when they are unable to pay off the balance of their mortgage loan. The bill passed and made it mandatory for lenders to forgive the remaining balance of the mortgage debt, called the deficiency balance, when the homeowner/borrower completes a short sale of their home. When the bill went into effect on January 1, 2011, it created the California Code of Civil Procedure §580e. Mrs. Welsh counsels attorneys, real estate professionals, housing counselors, negotiators, and property owners about the law on short sales, foreclosures, and loan modifications.

Attorney Welsh-Levin opened her law firm, So. Cal. Realty Law, APC, in September 2011. Prior to building her own law firm, Ms. Welsh worked for many years at the Law Offices of Michael Spilger, an exclusive real estate law firm. Before that, she worked for Federal Multi- District Litigation and class action attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll, LLP, in the San Diego office, and worked in the telecommunications department of the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll, PC. Ms. Welsh spent a semester in Washington, DC, doing an internship at the Federal Communications Commission, where she learned about administrative and communications law, while soaking in the political environment of our nation’s capital.

Ms. Welsh holds the degree of Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Jazz Music. She worked as a professional jazz and pop musician and taught private saxophone lessons for many years. She was encouraged by her music teacher, Dr. Nathan Davis, Ph.D., to pursue a career in law because of the leadership that she exhibited in the Pitt Jazz Ensemble.

Sarcout "Sed" Zangana

Sarcout "Sed" Zangana

Associate Attorney

Sarcout “Sed” Zangana is a San Diego native, born and raised.

Sed is an associate with So Cal Realty Law, where his primary practice areas include Real Estate Law, Landlord Services, and Compliance.

Sed attended San Diego State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Sed obtained his Juris Doctor from Arizona Summit Law School. While attending law school, Sed received several academic awards, including the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for achieving the highest grade in the courses of Real Estate Transactions, International Law, and Civil Rights – Discrimination. As a law student, Sed was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Vice President of the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, and Public Relations Chair of the National Lawyers Guild.

Sed serves as the Vice-Chair to the San Diego County Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the President of the Iranian American Bar Association’s San Diego Chapter, and serves on the Board of the American Constitution Society’s San Diego Lawyer Chapter.

Lisa Manriquez

Lisa Manriquez

Senior Paralegal

Lisa Manriquez is the senior paralegal at So Cal Realty Law and has been with the firm for over 10 years. Lisa’s primary duties at So Cal Realty Law include preparing civil pleadings and forms, trial preparation and much more! Lisa obtained her paralegal certificate at USD in 2005. Prior to working at So Cal Realty Law, Lisa has worked as a paralegal for family law and also worked at San Diego Association of Realtors.

Besides real estate law, Lisa has experience in family law, personal injury, construction defect and trusts.

Fabian Garcia-Brown

Fabian Garcia-Brown

Litigation Paralegal

Fabian Garcia- Brown is the litigation paralegal at So Cal Realty Law where he prepares client communications, schedules court hearings, draft motion forms and a number of other things. Fabian obtained his paralegal certificate from USD after moving to San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico where he practiced as an attorney. Prior to joining our firm, Fabian was the relations coordinator at an employment law firm in San Diego.

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From Our Clients

We sincerely thank each and every one of our clients for choosing us. While we couldn’t include all the testimonials we’ve received, selected reviews are featured below.
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“Shanna Welsh is very nice attorney that gives her clients complete understanding with there rights to the law, along with fast solutions to major problems for renters rights and realty laws. I consider myself lucky to find the right representative being I researched for over 6 months its a pleasure to deal with such quality law firm and best by far attorney like Shanna. I will highly recommend Shanna Welsh for all realty needs in San Diego county.”

Obrion T

“Shanna is top notch and so easy to deal with! She answered questions for me on various unrelated topics that weren’t even for the reason I hired her, like 1031 exchanges etc. I would highly recommend her to anyone that has unresolved real estate issues. She is professional with a ‘neighbor like’ friendly approach.”

Pete Smith

“Shanna and her team were extremely helpful and knowledgeable on the subject matter of tenant/landlord law. She is timely, professional, and provided outstanding counsel. Their guidance was fundamental in our most recent challenging acquisition of a fully occupied property in dire need of repair.”

Forza Capital Investments

“I have been working and referring clients to Shanna now for just over 2 years. She has always gone above and beyond with assisting them to all extents. Her extensive knowledge of the Real Estate industry from a legal perspective is impressive and has saved many clients from hardship that could have happened without her support! Whether the client needs basic/simple feedback or representation to very involved and complicated transactions Shanna is always there 100%. Being a Mortgage Lender myself, Shanna is a golden egg to have in my sphere and is on the top of my list as in referring my clients to. She has also been a great resource for myself and my colleagues in the industry. Thank you Shanna!!”

Danielle

“I had the pleasure of working with Attorney Welsh-Levin at a workshop for legal professionals and noticed how passionate she is to improve the law firm so the client is always getting the best experience. She is tech savvy, and thinks outside of the box to achieve optimal results for her clients.”

Elizabeth A. Douglas, Esq.

“Shanna is hardworking and thorough in everything she does, which translates well in the legal field. As a real estate agent, I have sought the advice and counsel of Shanna on numerous occasions. Each time she provided sound advice and presented options for me and/or my clients. I have never questioned Shanna’s knowledge of real estate law, and am thankful she is always available to assist me.”

Rich

“I had a consult with Shanna regarding a confusing real estate escrow as the seller. She called me back on a Saturday, took the time to listen to my long story, and offered multiple suggestions on how to move forward. I will definitely be using her in the future if I am ever in the unfortunate situation of needing a lawyer. She is a great person to know!”

Carrilyn Ford

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