Eric S. Hartman first began practicing as a Long Beach attorney in 1970, following graduation from law school at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) with a Juris Doctor degree. Mr. Hartman's undergraduate work was at Whittier College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in a group major of economics and business administration. Since 1980, Mr. Hartman's office has been located in the Market Place Office Park, conveniently located in East Long Beach, where he serves clients primarily located in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Mr. Hartman has received the highest possible rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating system, an AV rating based upon confidential peer reviews by other attorneys and the judiciary.
Mr. Hartman has taught business law as an adjunct professor at Cal State University, Long Beach, is a member of the Long Beach Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has chaired the Arbitration Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee, and the Legislative Committee of the Long Beach Bar Association, and has served on its Board of Governors. He has been a delegate to the State Bar's Conference of Delegates.
Starting as a general practitioner, Mr. Hartman's practice now emphasizes the following areas.
Business Transactional and Litigation Matters. Matters involving the formation, operation and purchase and sale of business entities, including selecting the proper form of business entity, as among sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company or corporation, drafting and review of business contracts of all types (such as employment contracts and independent contractor agreements, distribution agreements, etc.), corporate maintenance (including preparation of minutes of shareholder and director meetings, stock transfers, bylaw amendments, and amendments of articles of incorporation), preparation and amendment of employee policy manuals, strategic planning, and review and drafting of commercial leases, promissory notes and security agreements. Mr. Hartman also handles the dissolution of corporations and the dissolution and cancellation of limited liability companies.
Typical Businesses Represented: Equipment manufacturers and U.S. distributors of equipment and products, electronics manufacturers, medical, chiropractic and veterinary practices, graphics designers, optical laboratories, escrow companies, food product manufacturer, general and specialty contractors, oil service and engineering industry, manufacturers' representatives, transportation services, pharmacies, computer services, real estate brokers, auctioneers and investors, marine fuel docks and towing service, service and repair businesses; security equipment manufacturer, water treatment services, and non-profit mutual benefit and public benefit corporations.
Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. This area of practice includes personalized consultations with the client, answering all client questions regarding this complex area of law, drafting and preparation of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney for financial management and advance health care directives. He also reviews and amends trusts and wills drafted by others. This office is not a high volume "trust mill" and the attorney provides individual attention to each client, providing customized documents. As a result of the probate of many estates, Mr. Hartman has gained the necessary experience in this highly technical area, to deal with a wide variety of assets and unique situations.
Real Estate Law. This includes the preparation or review of real estate purchase contracts, review of escrow instructions, preparation of promissory notes and deeds of trust, as well as modifications of such notes, preparation and review of residential and commercial leases, options to purchase real estate, advice regarding condominium and other planned unit development issues, and real estate litigation. Mr. Hartman also handles commercial unlawful detainers, representing landlords and the formation of LLC's, corporations and partnerships to own real property.