Greg Pyke is a partner in the Firm’s corporate and securities and real estate practice groups. Mr. Pyke is highly experienced in the structuring and operations of businesses and companies in a variety of industries and sectors. Many of his clients are manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, retail and service businesses, real estate developers and owners, and commercial borrowers and lenders. He is very familiar with high-tech and bio-tech startups, including venture capital issues. He often advises on entity formation, business and real estate matters, and large commercial transactions, including financing. He also has extensive experience representing nonprofit organizations, assisting them in formation, obtaining tax-exempt status, and ongoing management and operations issues.
Mr. Pyke has considerable experience as an expert witness providing testimony on business, real estate, and legal ethics issues.
Mr. Pyke is a popular speaker on subjects of interest to the real estate, securities, and business sectors. For seven years he chaired the annual California Continuing Education of the Bar program entitled “Recent Developments in Business Practice.” Mr. Pyke has been recognized by various organizations and rating agencies who rate lawyers as an outstanding attorney since 1995; most recently, in March, 2018, he was again named a top lawyer by San Diego Magazine in the areas of Corporate and Real Estate Transactional Law.
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Pyke has devoted time to various charitable organizations. He has also provided significant pro bono legal services to charitable organizations, most recently Ronald McDonald House Charities in connection with the development and construction of a new house on the campus of Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
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Personal Liability under a Guarantee
Clients are often mistaken regarding personal liability under a guarantee following a non-foreclosure sale, believing that California´s anti-deficiency laws protect them. This is generally not the case. A guarantor should not assume that they are protected from personal liability under California´s anti-deficiency laws. Rather, they should consult with competent counsel prior to signing a guarantee.