Eric T. Hartnett

Eric T. Hartnett

Sunnyvale, California
Eric Hartnett is a former partner at a preeminent real estate firm in Silicon Valley and has garnered a considerable wealth of experience by working his entire career at small and medium-sized firms.  He has represented a wide array of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and government entities to individuals and small businesses.  Eric’s skills and expertise have been recognized through his repeated receipt of Super Lawyers’s Northern California Rising Star award, a recognition that is reserved for the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.  This recognition is limited to no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California.

The primary focus of his practice is disputes concerning the duties of real estate fiduciaries, real estate purchase and sale transactions, mechanic's liens, construction defects, escrow matters, partition, fraud, slander of title, adverse possession claims, secured real property transactions, easements, partnership rights, appraisals, commercial leases, title insurance, breaches of contract, and homeowners associations. While representing clients in these areas and others, Eric always strives to efficiently achieve the best results for his clients and, in the process, continues to have numerous successes.

Eric’s experience includes handling matters through all stages of litigation (i.e. from initial client consultation through trial and judgment collection).  While the majority of his cases have been venued in the Bay Area (e.g. Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, San Francisco County,  etc.), he has represented clients in matters throughout California, including Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego. 

While Eric is primarily a litigator, he handles transactional work as well. 

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Foreclosure & Alternatives
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2013


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - 2004
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2013 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section, Member, 2010 - Present
  • San Mateo County Association of Realtors®, Affiliate Member, 2011 - Present
  • Silicon Valley Association of Realtors®, Affiliate Member, 2011 - 2013

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