Craig D. Hardwick is a shareholder of AlvaradoSmith and Chairman of the Firm’s Real Estate and Land Use Transactions Department. Born in 1959, he graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1981 with a B.A. in Economics. He received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of Southern California, where he served on the editorial boards of that school’s Computer Law Journal and Major Tax Planning publications.
Craig specializes in all aspects of transactional real estate law, with an emphasis on real estate acquisition, construction, leasing and financing. In addition, he has extensive experience in the areas of corporate, partnership and general transactional matters, as well as zoning and other use restrictions and the procurement of real estate development entitlements. He has represented real property developers, institutional lenders, government entities, and commercial landlords and tenants. His practice includes negotiating and preparing agreements for, and advising clients with respect to: real property purchase agreements; office, retail, industrial and other commercial leases; loan agreements and loan modification agreements; development agreements, vesting tentative maps, subdivision maps, lot line adjustments, development permits, and other land use matters; construction contracts; formation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies; real property management agreements; stock purchase agreements; and asset purchase agreements.
Craig has handled such diverse transactions as the purchase and sale of office buildings, industrial parks, warehouses, factories, oil refineries, gas stations, hotels, radio stations, and high school campuses; the preparation of private placement offerings for the financing of a marina, restaurants and residential communities; and the coordination of leasing activities for regional malls, fast-food companies and major public utilities. He has also successfully represented real property owners in county Assessment Appeals Board hearings, has advised clients as to the preparation of Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Environmental Assessments (EAs) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and as to public notices and hearings in connection with EIRs and EAs, and has presented seminars to clients and industry groups on various aspects of real property law.
Prior to joining AlvaradoSmith Craig was with the law firms of Wyman, Bautzer, Kuchel & Silbert in Newport Beach, Katten, Muchin, Zavis & Weitzman in Irvine, and Richman, Lawrence, Mann, Greene, Chizever, Friedman & Phillips in Beverly Hills. He is a member of the Orange County Business Council, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and the Real Estate Sections of the California and Orange County Bar Associations.