AREAS OF PRACTICE
Ms. Gruen specializes in real estate litigation for commercial clients, home builders and business clients in the areas of leasing disputes, contracts, real estate, construction and insurance-related matters.
Ms. Gruen received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1987.
She has more than 30 years of litigation experience and expertise in day-to-day risk management, commercial disputes, unlawful detainer work, large-scale construction defect claims, contractual issues, subcontractor liability, loss recovery, warranty related matters and all forms of dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, civil trial act work, Calderon Act and SB 800 proceedings.
MEMBERSHIPS / PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Ms. Gruen has served as is currently an Adjunct Professor at Hastings College of the Law teaching Settlement and Negotiation. Ms. Gruen has been recognized by her peers as a California Super Lawyer for the last 15 years and most recently received recognition once again as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Northern California. She was recognized as a “2008 Woman of Distinction” by the East Bay Business Times and received the 2007 and 2009 Chairman’s Award for her dedication and service to the Homebuilder’s Association of Northern California. Ms. Gruen served as 2011 president of the California Building Industry Association’s Professional Women In Building Council and has been a member of CBIA’s Risk Management Legal Action and Member Services subcommittees. At the local level Ms. Gruen has served on the Building Industry Association Bay Area, Regional Board, the Professional Women In Building local board and Homeaid, a non-profit dedicated to providing dignified housing to homeless women, men and children in transition. Finally, Ms. Gruen has performed with and been president and a member of the board of the Peter Pan Foundation, a non-profit, dedicated to encouraging children of all ages to realize their full potential through musical theater while teaching the import of giving back to those less fortunate.