Costell & Cornelius Law Corporation was originally formed by Jeffrey Lee Costell in January of 1993 and consists of a group of dedicated attorneys and professionals with only their client’s needs and goals in mind. Mr. Costell, the Chief Executive Officer of the Firm, after years of experience with a large national law firm, made the deliberate decision to maintain his practice in a boutique-firm environment, in order to most efficiently serve his clients. The Firm provides enhanced representation of clients by its relationship-oriented approach, characterized by a comprehensive view of the engagement and the client’s overall business goals and operations. This includes timely and ongoing communication with clients to fine tune the direction, goals and successful resolution of every legal matter.
The Firm is a business law boutique for its clients and a one-stop legal shop for everything involving the business of Los Angeles, the State of California and the nation. Even though the Firm is not a large, national law firm, Costell & Cornelius is a full-service business law firm providing quality services in a wide variety of litigation and business matters, vital to our community.
Our practice areas are:
- Business and Commercial Litigation:
Costell & Cornelius represents individuals, corporations, partnerships and other business entities, and has tried a wide range of cases involving breach of contract, partnership dissolution, licensing, corporate stock litigation, financial institutions, products liability, premises liability, and related business torts.
- Real Estate Litigation, Financing and Transactions:
Costell & Cornelius handles every aspect of real estate law, including: purchases, sales, financing, refinancing and leasing; Landlord-tenant disputes (including unlawful detainer, CAM charge allocations, environmental and other disputes); purchase and sale disputes (including specific performance, breach of contract, real estate fraud, misrepresentation and non-disclosure disputes); loan disputes and foreclosures; water and utility overcharge disputes; and condemnation defense.
- Construction and Development:
Costell & Cornelius has expertise in construction defect disputes; development entitlement, subdivision and approval condition disputes (including constitutional claims).
- Corporate Formations and Transactions:
Costell & Cornelius has a long history of advising and assisting all types of entities with business formation, structuring, transactions, mergers and acquisition and financing.
- Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor Rights:
Costell & Cornelius has significant expertise in bankruptcies, reorganizations, restructurings, workouts, assignments for the benefit of creditors and other insolvency and debtor/creditor proceedings involving a variety of real estate, manufacturing, entertainment, service and other businesses.
- Entertainment Transactions and Litigation:
Costell & Cornelius handles entertainment and media transactions and litigation, involving music, film, television, literary works and other print media, as well as the internet and other new media.
Costell & Cornelius is experienced in counseling both employees and employers with respect to the current state of employment law and minimizing the risks of employment litigation, but also fiercely prosecuting or defending employment cases in court when the need arises.