Gordon + Holmes recently represented a San Diego business owner in a dispute over the alleged breach of a commercial lease for a property where the business operated.

Both parties testified regarding whether or not the lease had ever actually been signed. Our client maintained that he had purchased the business from the previous owner, and had never executed a lease, but paid rent with the assumption that he was under a month to month tenancy. The landlord produced a lease purportedly signed by our client and testified that he had witnessed the signing of the document.

Gordon + Holmes worked with a handwriting expert to determine who was telling the truth. This was the deciding factor in the case. The court’s statement of decision read:

“The evidence the court found most compelling in determining whether or not [our client] signed the lease was the testimony of [our client’s] handwriting expert. . . he was exceptionally well-qualified and was particularly persuasive. . . His ultimate opinion was that he was ‘reasonably certain’ that the signature on the lease was not made by [our client].”

The court found in favor of our client and judgment was entered against the landlord.