Who would come to our rescue when we needed someone to fight and "get" what we wanted out of the deal? Answer: Attorney. We needed an attorney to help us negotiate several issues. When a friend recommended Douglas Hutchinson, we arranged a face to face meeting at a café with an interpreter.
At our first meeting when we shared our concerns and questions, Doug responded at ease and seemed to be knowledgeable. We asked him about his background as we could not google him and wanted to know a bit more about the person before hiring him or her.
Doug grew up in Sedona, Arizona and after high school graduation, spent 3 years working in construction trades. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at Arizona State University. Then he moved to California to study law. He first practiced in Oakland, and then moved to San Francisco. He has 25 years of experience and specializes in business advising and business transactions. He has participated in many transactions involving purchase and sales of large and complicated real estate holdings - office buildings and shopping centers. In addition, he also helps with purchase and sale of businesses, primarily car dealerships and restaurants/bars.
We hired him immediately and were worried about issues that may arise while negotiating with the seller. We made our first offer on a restaurant space with Doug’s assistance. He made sure we were kept in the loop and also warned us to continue looking for other restaurant space in case the offer didn't work out. His reasoning was that he didn't want the other party to think we were desperate and that their space was the only one we wanted.
He was really smart because eventually the first offer didn't work out the way we wanted. Then we made an offer on another restaurant space. To make a long story short, we stumbled into unresolved issues with the seller/landlord. The seller/landlord suggested we meet with both attorneys present, which we did. We were in awe, and I am telling you... Doug did a brilliant job there. He led the meeting and made sure that both parties felt comfortable with terms. All of us ended up leaving the meeting feeling contended. It was a win-win situation for all of us.
You know the infamous lawyer talk, "Trust me. I'm the lawyer". You know what? We trusted him completely. If you ever need the attorney to handle a business transaction, HIRE DOUG!