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Kenneth S. August, Founder & President

Emailkaugust@augustlawgroup.com

Mr. August began his legal career with the firm of Lane & Edson, P.C., where he participated in the representation of former U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon’s investment banking firm, WESRAY Corporation, in a variety of public and private financial transactions, management buy-outs and related corporate activities.  Mr. August has also worked with the firm Dow, Lohnes & Albertson (where he represented a number of telecommunications companies, investment banking firms and commercial banks in a variety of corporate, commercial and financial transactions), and Graham & James (specializing in mergers & acquisitions, securities and joint venture transactions for the firm’s primarily international clientele).  He left large law firm practice at the end of 1992 to focus on the representation of entrepreneurial emerging and mid-sized corporate clients.

During his career, Mr. August has participated as legal counsel in transactions having an aggregate value of more than $2.5 Billion dollars. He has served as an Adjunct Professor both at Whittier Law School, teaching in the area of corporations and securities law, and for the University of California at Irvine Graduate School of Management on general legal issues impacting business professionals.  He has lectured extensively in the areas of international business and financial transactional law, including for the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County in 2006, and was a contributing author on international mergers and acquisitions in the book The Art of M&A, published by Dow Jones-Irwin in 1987.  Mr. August was a Founding Member of the College of Fellows of the Centre for International Legal Studies, headquartered in Kitzbühl, Austria, and has served as a Director for the Singapore American Business Association (Southern California), the International Foundation for the Advancement and Support of Technology, as a Director and Past President of the Orange County International Business and Protocol Foundation, and as Chairman of the California International Business Advisory Board, Rancho Santiago Community College District. He has lectured extensively at home and abroad in the area of international business transactions, including for the United States Department of Commerce, the University of Southern California, the American Electronics Association, Zhongshan (Sun-Yat Sen University) in Guangzhou, China, and the non-profit California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC).  He is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.

 

ChrisJainChristopher Jain, Senior Securities Associate

Emailcjain@augustlawgroup.com

Mr. Jain has over 12 years of experience in handling sophisticated business and financial transactions, with a sub-specialty in real estate transactions.  A graduate of UC Berkley and the UCLA Law School, Mr. Jain’s expertise spans the gamut of transactional law, including public and private securities placements, SEC public company reporting and Mergers & Acquisitions.  He has a sub-specialty in transactions involving real estate, including land purchase and sale transactions, leasing, real estate finance and the creation and maintenance of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).  Prior to joining August Law Group, P.C., Mr. Jain worked as an associate attorney at several Southern California-based law firms, including Horwitz& Beam, Oswald & Yap and with the San Diego office of the prestigious Brobeck, Phleger& Harrison LLP.  Mr. Jain’s legal accomplishments include serving as the Editor and Co-Founder of the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (UCLA); contributor to the Pacific Basin Law Journal (UCLA), and winner of the American Jurisprudence Award for Property.

 

Benjamin K. Griffin, Of Counsel

Emailbgriffin@augustlawgroup.com

Mr. Griffin has been practicing law in California since 2005 and is currently Of Counsel with August Law Group, P.C. He previously was a Partner at Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe, APC. Mr. Griffin has represented lenders, real estate brokers, title, and escrow companies, and has successfully tried bench and jury trials, in business and real estate matters, and acts as general counsel for several regional companies. He has appeared on behalf of clients in multiple arbitrations, ethics hearings and before the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) and the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).  He is also admitted in the District of Columbia and the State of Washington.

Mr. Griffin graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, where he served for two years on the Honor Board. He previously was a District Intern (47th Congressional District) for (now former) Rep. Chris Cox. Mr. Griffin is a graduate of The Citadel, located in Charleston, SC, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with honors.

Real Estate Litigation

Real Estate Brokers

Real Estate Financing and Trust Deed Litigation

Title Insurance Defense

Escrow Litigation

Professional Liability Defense

Business and Civil Litigation

Breach of Contract and Business Disputes

Corporate Litigation, including Alter-Ego Disputes

Judgment Enforcement and Creditor Rights

Agent, Broker, and Independent Contractor Disputes

Corporate General Counsel

Incorporation/Annual Meetings

CA Department of Business Oversight Escrow Approvals

California Court Appellate Decisions

Grissom v. Dealer Servs. Corp., No. G049331, 2014 WL 2212605, at *1 (Cal. Ct. App. May 29, 2014), as modified on denial of reh’g (June 30, 2014), review denied (Aug. 20, 2014)

Lepe v. F.M. Tarbell Co., No. E059779, 2016 WL 56434, at *1 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 5, 2016), review denied (Mar. 23, 2016).

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, California Escrow Association 2013 Annual Convention.

Speaker, Long Beach Escrow Association, 2014-2016.

Speaker, 2016 Real Estate Legal Panel, Tri-Counties Association of Realtors®

Speaker & Presenter, The Final TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule: Clarifying Confusions.  The Knowledge Group (2016).

Professional Qualifications and Associations

State of California Escrow Law Advisory Committee (2017 to Present)

State Bar of California Special Master (2010 to Present)

California Licensed Real Estate Broker (#01996888) (2016 to Present )

Member, California Land Title Association (2016 to Present)