Real Estate Attorney Sandra Brower has been on both sides of complex and often high profile cases at one time or another. “I’ve represented both property owners as well as condemning agencies in eminent domain cases, and because of this, I am able to anticipate the direction of a case and develop a winning strategy.” Though her primary expertise is in eminent domain, her practice includes all areas of real estate law, including land use and planning, environmental, contract disputes, broker liability, construction defects, homeowners associations, title and boundary disputes, and title insurance matters.
Ms. Brower’s reputation as a legal expert in the field of real estate litigation has been earned over a long career of winning cases. She is responsible for winning several landmark cases, which resulted in published appellate opinions. In 2010, San Diego Gas and Electric began acquiring land for the 117-mile Sunrise Powerlink Transmission project through Eastern San Diego County and Imperial County. Representing property owners along the line, she was able to obtain favorable settlements for the property owners being affected by the eminent domain proceedings. One client in particular was initially offered $2.1 million for their vacant land and through a last minute settlement Brower obtained $8.2 million for the same property.
In a landmark deal for Petco Park, she represented several property and business owners in the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego’s eminent domain actions to acquire land for San Diego’s premier ballpark, including the largest property owner in the stadium’s footprint. Once all of the acquisitions were made, Ms. Brower had obtained the highest price per square foot for that client. She has also successfully represented condemning agencies, including the San Diego Community College District in acquiring two blocks downtown for the expansion of its City College campus, and the San Diego Unified School District in over 100 eminent domain actions to acquire properties for over 20 new school sites.
Through an approach that employs both tenacity and cooperation, Ms. Brower has formed lasting relationships with her clients. “I pick and choose my cases so that I can fully dedicate myself to my clients’ cause. My clients know when they give me their business, everything will be taken care of.” She feels strongly that the success of a case is built on mutual trust and respect, as well as clear and constant communication. No matter the size and type of client, Ms. Brower feels the relationship is paramount. “I have represented every type of client at one time or another. There is no ideal client, only an ideal relationship.”
Ms. Brower has appeared before city and county administrative boards, tried lengthy and complex cases in both state and federal courts, and appeared before the California and United States Supreme Courts. She has tried several landmark cases involving environmental, land use and condemnation matters which resulted in published appellate opinions. Her client list is as varied as her legal experience, including public agencies, corporations, small businesses, developers, and individuals.
Ms. Brower was both a moderator and speaker for CEB’s Annual Review of Real Property Law Program between 2003 and 2017. She was one of several expert real property practitioners who discussed and summarized significant changes in the law, analyzed their impact on real property practice, and identified important trends. She also spoke at the San Diego County Law Library’s MCLE program 2013 Highlights in Real Estate Law, presenting a program on significant published real estate cases.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brower was a shareholder at Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, and a named partner at Wertz McDade Wallace Moot & Brower. She also served as an attorney for San Diego County, representing the County, special districts, and the Department of Planning and Land Use in litigation and real estate matters. In her free time, she enjoys body surfing, swimming, and hiking.
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Accolades & Honors
- San Diego Super Lawyers® in the field of real estate (2007-2017)
- Top Rated Lawyer for Real Estate, Eminent Domain, and Litigation by Martindale-Hubbell (2012-2019)
- San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Attorneys in Real Estate & Construction Litigation (2012 & 2015) and in Municipal/Government Law (2013)