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Anna Greenstin Kudla

Partner

E agkudla@wfbm.com
T (714) 634-2522
| F (714) 634-0686

Overview

Anna Greenstin Kudla has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Her practice consists of business and tort claims, in both state and federal court.

As lead trial counsel, Anna obtained a $27 million jury verdict after completing a long fraud and breach of contract trial in Ventura County. Thereafter, she recovered over $8 million in arbitration, plus attorney fees and costs, arising out of a breach of operating agreement claim.

Anna earned her mediation certification from Pepperdine School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Recognizing negotiation is an essential part of every conflict, she advises clients how to reach an effective result tailored to each individual case.

Anna is dedicated to representing business owners, real estate professionals, homeowners, landlords, lenders and borrowers, contractors, and insurers in all aspects of law. Anna’s arbitration and litigation practice includes fraud, misrepresentation, sham guarantees, negligence, failure to disclose, lender liability and defense, landlord/tenant grievances, commission disputes, breach of contract, boundary disagreements, personal injury, breach of fiduciary duties, complex multi-party and insurance based claims.

Representative Successes
  • Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation v. Museum of Global Antiquities – Represented plaintiffs in a case where the defendants induced them to loan $4.8 million, and to then invest an additional $2.225 million, in classic violins. At trial, we convinced the jury the investment scheme was a ruse and the main violin at issue never existed. The jury awarded our clients $27 million in damages against the defendants, the Museum of Global Antiquities and its president.
  • Obtained a binding arbitration award for a fuel efficient energy components manufacturing company for both general and punitive damages in an amount of no less than $8,075,000, plus over $250,000 in attorney fees and costs, arising from a complicated breach of contract and operating agreement claim.
  • Commercial property business owner in Santa Clara county was improperly served with a complaint. After waiting the requisite period of time, plaintiffs’ counsel noticed default and proceeded to take aggressive measures to foreclose to collect on an unreasonable default judgment of over $3 million. With the statutory period of time to set aside the default and quash foreclosure expiring, an obscure exclusion against default found in the Code of Civil Procedure was applied. An expedited and forceful motion to quash was used to save the client’s property, quash the default and negotiated a dismissal (without the client paying anything).
  • Represented a local Orange County real estate agent and broker who was sued for improper disclosures of home improvements. Insurance did not protect against meritless claims of fraud. Taking advantage of a poorly drafted pleading and applying the proper statutory authority for realtors disclosures, a prolonged and costly discovery period and trial was avoided. Through a demurrer along with a request for judicial notice, the broker and realtor was able to escape a meritless lawsuit filed by a homeowner with significant buyer’s remorse.
  • Assisted brokers in multiple California Bureau of Real Estate investigations.
  • Represented brokers and agents before Board of Association of Realtors Ethics Committee.
Industry Involvement

Professional Affiliations

  • Affiliate Member, Orange County Association of Realtors
  • National Hockey League Players Association – Certified Player Agent
  • California State Bar’s Real Property Law Section member

Speaking Engagements

  • “2018 Real Estate Updates and Legal Topics”
  • “Be Your Own Boss”
Beyond the Office

Anna was one of the first female members of the National Hockey League Players Association. She represents professional athletes in the National, Canadian and Western Hockey Leagues. At the 2010 NHL Draft Sports Career Conference she was an invited panel speaker hosted by Sports Management Worldwide. As one of only two known female sports agents, she assists players with any and all personal or legal issues and negotiations. Anna has engaged in arbitration, mediation, and deposition in Canada on behalf of hockey players and representatives affiliated with the National Hockey League Players Union.

Additionally, Anna is passionate and dedicated to education. She lectures to small business owners, especially real estate professionals, in all aspects of the law. She has spoken at “Be Your Own Boss” workshops and “Legal Issues for Start-ups” seminars for SCORE (Counselors to Small Businesses). She commits herself to speak at annual legal seminars to realtors/brokers addressing changes in the legislature and the impact it will have on their business and futures. She has spoken at dozens of brokerages to hundreds of real estate professionals about handling transactions and avoiding liability exposure.

 

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