Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Jeffrey S. Goodfried, Of Counsel

Jeffrey Goodfried has more than ten years’ experience in commercial litigation, focusing on cases involving breach of contract, real estate disputes, landlord/tenant law, and business torts, including fraud, unfair competition and interference with economic advantage.

Goodfried has briefed, argued and either won or defeated motions in a broad range of lawsuits, such as motions to dismiss, state court demurrers, motions for summary judgment in contract disputes, post-trial motions, appellate briefs, and a variety of motions on behalf of secured creditors in bankruptcy court.

He is admitted to practice in all the courts of California and practiced for more than ten years at a large national law firm with over 1,000 attorneys and 15 offices throughout the United States.  

Representative Clients and Matters

Breach of Contract, Creditor’s Rights

  • Obtained summary judgment in excess of a million dollars in favor of special servicer client against guarantor defendants.
  • Obtained summary judgment in excess of a million dollars in favor of holding company against guarantor defendant.
  • Recovered more than a million dollars for unsecured creditor after obtaining prejudgment writs of attachment against defendant.
  • Receivership cases, In a three year period, obtained throughout California and Nevada about twenty orders for the confirmation of the appointment of a receiver to manage secured real property.

Foreclosure Defense/Wrongful Foreclosures

  • Defeated a plaintiff’s motion for injunctive relief to enjoin non-judicial foreclosure of commercial property valued at $4.1 million. Eventually had case dismissed for plaintiff’s failure to plead sufficient facts to state a claim.
  • Expunged a lis pendens and settled case on favorable terms to lender.
  • Defeated complaint with prejudice after successfully demurring to wrongful foreclosure cause of action.

Judgment Enforcement

  • Recovered more than $600,000 for client after obtaining a writ of execution and levying on judgment debtor’s financial accounts.
  • Levied on the judgment debtor’s personal residence, and recovered the full judgment amount the day before the sheriff’s sale.
  • Obtained injunctive relief against default judgment debtor, forcing debtor to make payments equal to full amount of judgment.
  • Obtained bench warrant for debtor’s arrest, causing debtor to make payments under terms of a settlement plan.

Landlord/Tenant

  • Obtained judgment for possession of a multiplex movie theater at a major Southern California mall after a contentious trial.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining and preliminary injunction enjoining former tenant from removing from premises fixtures and equipment subject to landlord lien.

Creditor Side Bankruptcy

  • Represented first secured lender in chapter 11 confirmation battle.  First chair on evidentiary hearing re motion to dismiss.  Second chair during multiple-day trial.  Case settled during trial with a plan favorable to lender.
  • Represented first secured lender with a claim exceeding $26 million. Obtained relief from stay for creditor to pursue non-judicial foreclosure, while also defeating plan confirmation after lengthy trial.
  • Represented first secured lender with a claim exceeding $8.1 million. Successfully converted case from Chapter 11 reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation. Obtained relief from stay so client could pursue non-judicial foreclosure.
  • Represented first secured lender with a claim exceeding $7.5 million. Obtained relief from stay so client could pursue non-judicial foreclosure of commercial property.
  • Successfully obtained relief from stay for first position secured lender on grounds that the Debtor engaged in fraud and bad faith through multiple bankruptcy filings.