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Contact Information
San Bernardino Office
550 E. Hospitality Lane, Suite 300
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Tel: (909) 890-4499
Fax: (909) 890-9877

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate


  • J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, 1982
  • B.S., Business/Finance, University of Southern California, 1979, cum laude


  • California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1983





Ernest Riffenburgh is a shareholder with extensive experience in the purchase, sale, leasing, and subdivision of commercial, industrial, and mining real estate, as well as the resolution of title issues, including mapping, easements, licenses, and property rights derived from government agencies.  Mr. Riffenburgh is often called upon to analyze and resolve title issues on behalf of national retail, railroad, commercial, industrial, and mining development clients. His in-depth knowledge and experience inspire his approach to complex title issues and lead to innovative solutions not otherwise easily found.  

Mr. Riffenburgh provides expert general counsel to businesses involved in complex transactions. His ability to address multiple complex issues in real estate transactions and development makes him a sought-after advisor to businesses such as recreational and resort developments, mining developments. 

Mr. Riffenburgh brings the same drive to his community efforts that is apparent in his practice.  During his chairmanship of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the highly successful Southern California Aviation Summit was established to bring recognition to the Ontario Airport as a national transportation hub. It drew attendees from throughout the western United States, including representatives from the airline industry, major metropolitan cities and agencies, as well as many well-known private enterprises.  Established during Mr. Riffenburgh’s chairmanship was the Government Affairs Council, advocating to government entities on behalf of the business community.  He is also an active member of the Desert Valleys Builders Association serving the Coachella and Imperial Valleys.


  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Desert Valleys Builders Association
  • S. Green Building Council, Inland Empire Chapter, 2009 – 2013, including Board of Directors, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011; Pacific Regional Council Co-Liaison, Spring 2011; Coachella Valley Branch Liaison, Fall 2010
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce, 1998 – 2008, including Board of Directors, Immediate Past-Chair, 2007 – 2008; Board of Directors, Chairman, 2006 – 2007; Board of Directors, Chair-Elect, 2005 – 2006; Vice Chair, Business Division, 2004 – 2005; Board of Directors, 2001 – 2008; Chair, Business Retention & Development Committee, 1999 – 2004
  • Rotary Club of San Bernardino Crossroads, 1986 – 2000, including President, 1992 – 1993; Fundraising Chair, 1993 – 1994; Board of Directors, 1989 – 1997
  • San Bernardino Executives Association, 1996 – 1997, Board of Directors
  • Project Home Run, 1992 – 1995, Board of Directors
  • Senior Citizens Foundation of San Bernardino, 1991 – 1994, Board of Directors
  • Moscow Conference on Law and Bilateral Economic Cooperation, 1990, Delegate
  • USC Legion Lex Inn of Court, 1985 – 1991; Executive Committee, 1988 – 1991


  • Selected for inclusion on Best Lawyers in the Inland Empire list, Inland Empire Magazine, 2008-2015
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

Representative Matters

  • Local real estate general counsel to international convenience store retail chain.
  • Negotiate and document dozens of mining property acquisitions, sales, leases, and rights-of-way for major mineral development companies.
  • Title analysis and counsel regarding two major private mining/industrial railroad lines.
    • Lead team of attorneys and paralegals in extensive County, State and Federal records analysis.
    • Identify and resolve title and permit issues with private parties and local, State, and Federal agencies.
  • Title analysis and counsel regarding fee lands and patented and unpatented mining claims for major mineral development companies.
    • Lead team of attorneys and paralegals in extensive County, State, and Federal records analysis.
    • Identify and resolve title and permit issues with private parties and local, State, and Federal agencies.
  • Negotiate and document multiple Class A office building acquisitions and leases for major Southern California medical practice.
  • Negotiate and document parcel, easement, and well site acquisitions for major Southern California skiing/recreational facility.
  • General counsel to Southern California mutual water company for over 25 years.


San Bernardino, CA
550 E. Hospitality Lane
Suite 300
San Bernardino, CA 92408

T 909-890-4499
F 909-890-9877

San Diego, CA
401 West A Street
Suite 925
San Diego, CA 92101

T 619-794-0050
F 619-615-2180