Flavia Berys focuses her practice on business law and commercial real estate, including business formation, leasing, acquisition, disposition, and financing, environmental review and transactional due diligence. Her practice also includes experience with sustainable building and “green” leasing issues, and she is accredited as a LEED AP by the US Green Building Council.
Before establishing her own law firm, Flavia began her law career at DLA Piper LLP (US), a large global law firm where she was able to work on large-scale transactions for Fortune 500 companies and household brands. She stayed with DLA Piper for over eight years.
Flavia is currently an Adjunct Law Professor at California Western School of Law, teaching Legal Ethics. She will also be teaching several courses through the San Diego City College continuing education program.
Prior to her career as an attorney, Flavia worked in property management and in the residential mortgage lending industry, giving her a unique insight into landlord/tenant relationships. She is also a trained mediator, and can also help clients resolve legal disputes prior to trial using alternative dispute resolution.
She received her B.A. in English with a specialization in Business and Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her law degree (magna cum laude) from California Western School of Law, San Diego. During law school, she was on the editorial board for both the Law Review and International Law Journal, and was Editor-in-Chief for The Commentary, the law school newspaper.
- Title, survey, railway rights and closing work for the acquisition of an approximately 60-acre vacant datacenter development site in South Jordan, Utah (approximately $9.9 million transaction)
- Drafting of purchase and sale agreement and closing coordination for historical property in San Francisco, California (approximately $5 million transaction)
- Title, survey and closing work for the acquisition of a tennis stadium and tournament rights in Indian Wells, California (approximately $100 million transaction)
- Closing coordination for cross-border bankruptcy emergence matter for global client involving multiple law firms and jurisdictions (approximately $965 million transaction)
- Title, survey and closing work for the acquisition by REIT of R&D property portfolio in San Diego, California (approximately $67.4 million transaction)
- Diligence, entitlements review, title, survey and closing work for foreclosure proceeding by lender client of 200-plus acre redevelopment site in Sacramento, California (approximately $50 million transaction)
- Assist a family with the disposition of rural agricultural land and convert it into a commercial real estate portfolio with a nationwide presence in a series of 1031 tax deferred exchange transactions (approximately $40 million transaction)
LICENSES AND ACCREDITATION
- Member of the State Bar of California
- Licensed as a Real Estate Broker by the California Department of Real Estate
- Commissioned as a California Notary Public
- Accredited as a LEED AP (USGBC)
BOARDS & CHARITABLE WORK
Flavia has served on a number of boards, including a term on the Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce board and a 2.5 year term on the Board of Directors for the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto.
She also volunteers on a regular basis pro bono to assist low income clients. In 2009, she received DLA Piper’s Justice Seymour Simon Project Award for her pro bono work, and was honored again in 2012 with the DLA Piper National Pro Bono Award.
She currently volunteers for the San Diego Enforcers, a local non-profit football organization consisting of police, fire, and military players raising funds for United Cerebral Palsy, as the Executive Advisor for their entertainment program.
- “Commercial Property Licensing Laws,” Commercial Property Management of Southern California Magazine (May 2011)
- “Let the Sunshine In,” FORUM COLUMN, Daily Journal, co-authored with Karen ZoBell (February 27, 2009) (also published in the California Real Estate Journal (March 23, 2009))
- “Interpreting a Rent-a-Womb Contract: How California Courts Should Proceed When Gestational Surrogacy Arrangements Go Sour,” California Western Law Review, 42 CAL. W. L. REV. 321 (2006)
- Commercial Leasing for Business Owners, Anew America, San Jose, CA
- Presenter & Panelist, Green Leasing Issues, Santa Clara School of Law, Santa Clara, CA
- Adjunct Professor for the San Diego Community College’s community education program teaching landlording skills, corporate entity formation, and publishing
- California State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- San Diego County Bar Association (Real Property Law Section)
- US Green Building Council / LEED (San Diego Chapter)
- Lawyer’s Club
- Poway Polo Club (Member & Player)
- UCLA Alumni Association (Lifetime Member)
Separate from her legal practice, Flavia maintains a consulting business. She counsels and motivates entrepreneurs and employed professionals who want to merge their life passions with business.
Flavia is also the managing broker for a real estate brokerage in San Diego, specializing in new home purchases and property management services.
Prior to and during law school, Flavia worked as a marketing consultant, cheerleading and dance team director, notary public signing agent, event and wedding planner, and magazine editor. She is available as a motivational speaker and trainer on a variety of subject areas.
Her wide array of past professional experience enables her to serve her clients with a rare form of resourcefulness, empathy and creativity.
In her spare time, Flavia enjoys traveling, horse polo, rock climbing, yoga, aerial circus arts, riding motorcycles, reading, and dance.
“It’s been a great experience working with Flavia. In every stressful legal situation, Flavia’s direction has guided me in the most efficient way saving me of energy, money and time. Every time I think of Flavia I’m utterly grateful for her keen, tough and compassionate way of getting the job done without wasting any time.” – Grace S., Los Angeles, CA
“My tenant was late with the rent yet again and that’s when Flavia stepped in. We ended up filing an eviction lawsuit, which did the trick. The tenant paid up, we were able to dismiss the eviction, and now that tenant has not been late since. I don’t think he will ever be late again if he can help it, now that he knows there are consequences!! Thank you, Flavia, for all that you did to keep me calm and sane and for all your great advice!!” -S. Gonzalez, Imperial Beach CA
“There are not enough words to express how grateful I am for the help and guidance I received from Ms. Berys. She has a very kind, professional attitude, that is full of compassion and determination. I was going through a stressful legal situation and the assistance she gave me was exactly on point and precise. It felt good to be able to sleep at night! Thank you so much for your help Ms. Berys! You are an A+ in my book!” -Terri Y., Los Angeles, CA
“Flavia was a critical help in my purchase of a Piper SuperCub aircraft. She helped me negotiate all of the purchase documents with the seller, assisted with the FAA change of ownership paperwork, and then helped me successfully pursue a state tax exemption after the purchase. She saved me time, money, and stress, and I am so grateful to have had her help.” – J. Clay, San Diego, CA
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