Settlement against Redevelopment Agency on behalf of our mechanic shop client

Experienced Eminent Domain Representation for California and Texas Clients

Settlement for our client in an eminent domain action versus the Unified School District

Settlement for loss of goodwill and relocation benefits for our "mercado" (small market) client

Settlement against the Redevelopment Agency on behalf of our mechanic shop client

Experienced Eminent Domain Representation for California and Texas Clients

Richard J. Bayless
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Mr. Bayless has almost 30 years' experience as a practicing attorney, primarily in civil litigation matters with an emphasis in the areas of commercial and contract disputes, real estate and eminent domain.

Mr. Bayless has represented governmental entities as well as private property owners in eminent domain matters, including:

  • Eminent domain cases for City of Indio, CA 2000-2005
  • March Joint Powers Authority federal military project regarding realignment of March Air Force Base to March Air Reserve Base, Riverside County, CA

Other representative examples of Mr. Bayless's history of work include:

  • Represented banks and financial institutions in judicial foreclosure actions in Oregon (2013-2016)
  • Represented plaintiff in oil and gas rights contract dispute in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (2020)
  • Arbitration defense judgment for California developer in action by homeowners group alleging non-disclosure of Mello-Roos special taxes
  • Arbitration judgment for California satellite TV company against Kentucky horse track regarding client's contractual right of first refusal to simulcast races nationwide
  • NASD National Adjudicatory Council proceeding - obtained reversal on appeal for individual licensee regarding alleged improper compensation, resulting in dismissal of all claims
  • Summary judgment for successor-in-interest auto auction company in title action, establishing no liability under corporate acquisition documents and successor liability law
  • Dismissal for Chicago lender based on contractual forum selection clause in agreement with California borrower designating Illinois as litigation forum. Successfully established forum selection clause also covered tort claims.
  • CEQA petition for writ of mandate on behalf of municipality challenging construction change order for residential development
  • Represented private golf club in arbitration with well water supplier regarding alleged under-measurement of water delivered
  • Defended guardian mother and beneficiary son in community property/constructive trust action regarding Totten Trust in San Diego bank involving cross-border issues
  • Represented municipality at mediation in construction defect/mechanics' lien case regarding public works contract for water tank
  • Defended manufacturer of aggregate machinery in action regarding sales commission and alleged defects in machine
  • Defended employer in jury trial regarding overtime, wrongful termination claims
  • Prosecuted action by developer against electrical contractor and commercial moving company regarding fire destruction of sales trailer
  • Defended Ohio motor coach interior manufacturer in California lemon law action. Represented plaintiffs in discovery in various other lemon law cases.
  • Represented personal representatives in Oregon probate court cases. Defended clients in California probate mediation regarding undue influence claim.
  • Defended mobile home park resident tenants in discovery depositions in failure-to-maintain actions against park owners

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon


  • Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon
    • J.D. - 1990
  • Dartmouth College
    • B.A. - 1984
    • Major: Economics

Although over 90% of our cases settle before a trial, we advise clients to take to trial those matters where only an unreasonable lowball offer has been made. Our willingness to take a case to trial creates leverage against the government; government agencies know we are not afraid to take cases to trial because we try cases on a regular basis.

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