Eric T. Hartnett

Eric T. Hartnett

San Jose, California

Eric Hartnett is a civil litigator with an emphasis on real estate and lending law. The primary focus of his practice is disputes concerning the duties of real estate fiduciaries, real estate purchase and sale transactions, mechanic's liens, escrow matters, partition, fraud, slander of title, adverse possession claims, secured real property transactions, easements, partnership rights, appraisals, commercial leases, title insurance, breaches of contract, and homeowners associations. While representing clients in these areas and others, Eric always strives to efficiently achieve the best results for his clients and, in the process, continues to have numerous successes.

While Eric is primarily a litigator, he handles transactional work as well.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Foreclosure & Alternatives
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2013


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - 2004
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 2000

Published Works

  • New House – New Headaches, Dirt Law Blog, February 1, 2007
  • Personal Loans – Can You Collect?, Dirt Law Blog, November 1, 2006
  • Gold or Snowball? The Effect of an "As-Is" Clause on Real Property Purchase Agreements in California,, August 8, 2011

Representative Clients

  • Construction Professionals
  • Real Estate Professionals (Brokers, Salespersons, Appraisers)
  • Loan Servicers
  • Real Estate Investors
  • Homeowners


  • Short Sales-What Buyers and Sellers Must Know, SAMCAR, 2011 - 2013
  • The Reality of Buyers Potentially Suing Appraisers, SAMCAR, 2011
  • Realtors® Behaving Badly – Actions that Make Your Defense Counsel Cringe, SILVAR and SAMCAR, 2011
  • Escrow Problems? Stumbling Blocks to Closing the Deal , SAMCAR, 2011
  • Trouble with Tenants? A Seller's and Listing Agent's Rights to Show a Property, SAMCAR, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section, Member, 2010 - Present
  • San Mateo County Association of Realtors®, Affiliate Member, 2011 - Present
  • Silicone Valley Association of Realtors®, Affiliate Member, 2011 - 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto-Predatory Lending Clinic, 2010 - 2011
  • Board Member, California Alumni Club for the Peninsula, 2010 - Present