Keith Solar represents both public and private clients primarily in connection with water rights and water-related issues, matters involving the United States tuna industry, real estate matters and commercial law issues.
With respect to water rights and water-related issues, Keith has extensive experience negotiating and documenting the purchase, sale or lease of adjudicated groundwater rights, groundwater, privately owned water systems, shares in mutual water companies, and public/private partnerships for municipal water systems. He also handles agreements for the manufacture and sale of membranes and spiral-wound elements for use in desalination facilities, and agreements regarding desalination facilities, including without-limitation agreements regarding the purchase of desalinated seawater, water transfer agreements, and agreements for the treatment of contaminated groundwater.
On behalf of private water clients, Keith has particular experience, among other things, in analyzing the nature and priority of riparian, overlying, appropriative or prescriptive water rights that such clients are applying or attempting to apply to reasonable and beneficial use.
With respect to water or water-related issues, Keith has represented the City of Carlsbad, the City of Indio, the County of San Diego, the Indio Water Authority, the San Diego County Water Authority, Basin Water, Inc., James C. Roberts, Inc., Kaiser Ventures, Inc., Psomas Engineering, Pulte Homes, Inc./Del Webb, Rancon Real Estate, Sepro and Western Water Company.
In addition to water law, Keith has almost 25 years of experience in legal representation of companies and individuals engaged in the United States tuna industry, including the negotiation and documentation of: agreements for the purchase and sale of tuna purse seine vessels; bareboat charter agreements; vessel management agreements; joint venture agreements; and tuna fishing agreements between sellers of tuna and buyers engaged in the business of purchasing, processing and selling tuna. His experience extends to negotiations with representatives of foreign governments and/or financial institutions, such as those located in the Marshall Islands and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, in tuna-related matters.
Keith also has particular experience securing financing for companies and individuals who own tuna purse seine vessels. This experience includes negotiation and documentation of loans authorized under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 and obtained through the United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service.
With respect to the tuna industry, Keith has represented: A&M Ventures, Inc., Andrea C. Fishing Corporation, David G. Burney, Chicken of the Sea International, Castagnola Fleet Management, Evelyn Da Rosa, Inc., FCF Fishery Company, Ltd., M&F Fishing, Inc., M/V Sea Quest, Inc., South Pacific Tuna Corporation and Tradition Mariner, Inc. Keith Solar represents both public and private clients primarily in connection with real estate matters and commercial law issues.
Keith has almost 25 years of experience in corporation and business formation planning, financing and credit transactions, joint ventures, partnerships, contracts, purchase and sale agreements, syndication, and private placements of securities. He also has almost 25 years experience in real estate purchases and sales, development, land use, mortgage financing and credit transactions.
On behalf of his clients, Keith has:
- Represented the administrative agent for a group of lenders in the sale out of receivership of approximately 60 acres commonly known as The Campus at Playa Vista, a retail/commercial project located in Los Angeles, CA, on historic property formerly owned by billionaire industrialist Howard Hughes, Jr., who operated his aviation and aerospace research and development facilities at that location.
- Represented the purchaser of 1,377,000 acres of largely undeveloped land located in a checkerboard pattern on either side of Interstate 80 in the State of Nevada.
- Represented real estate developers seeking to acquire and develop a mixed-use, green project occupying four city blocks in the City of National City, California.
- Represented buyers and sellers of raw, unentitled property.
- Represented landlords and tenants in the negotiation of office, industrial and commercial leases, including the House of Blues lease in San Diego, California.
- Represented landlord and tenants in disputes over defaulted leases, including advice in connection with unlawful detainer proceedings.
- Represented buyers and sellers of commercial real estate properties, including hotels, shopping centers, office buildings and properties designated on the registers of state and federal historic places.
- Represented real estate developers and owners with respect to mortgage finance transactions, including representation of borrowers who obtained approximately $100MM in loans from Ta Chong Bank Co., Ltd., a Taiwanese lender.
During the last two economic downturns in the 1990s and the early 2000s, Keith represented both debtors and creditors in collection actions, workouts and forbearance agreements. The representations involved real and personal property collateral.
Most notably, Keith handled all workout and nonjudicial foreclosure matters in California for Central Life Assurance Company and Amerus Life Insurance Company, Iowa lenders that had extensive loan portfolios in California. On workout-related matters, Keith also has represented Bedford Real Estate Investment Trust, First Security Bank of Utah, Kemper Real Estate Management Company, KeyBank, and other insurance companies and real estate investment trusts.
Keith has defended and prosecuted motions in bankruptcy courts for “free and clear” asset sales. These included, but were not limited to, a motion for sale “free and clear” of a several-hundred acre, entitled, mixed use real estate project located in Carlsbad, California, overlooking Batiquitos Lagoon. He also has defended and prosecuted California mechanics liens cases.
Keith was a co-founder of Alhadeff & Solar, LLP, a San Diego and Inland Empire-based commercial law firm that combined with Buchanan in June of 2007. In 2008, Keith was selected as a San Diego County Top Attorney 2008 and was featured in a special edition of The Daily Transcript, titled "Top Attorneys 2008." Also in 2008, Keith was nominated as a "Top Influential" by readers of San Diego's The Daily Transcript.