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

Practice Areas

  • Business


  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
    J.D., Juris Doctor – 1990
    Law Journal: Major Tax Planning and Computer Law Journal, Editor and Board Member
  • Claremont McKenna College
    B.A. cum laude – 1986
    Major: Mathematics
    Major: Economics


  • State Bar of California, Member
  • State Bar of California, Business Law and Real Property Law Sections, Member
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Member




Paul Cliff is the chair of the Business & Corporate and Trusts & Estates Practice Groups and focuses his practice on real property and related business transactions. For decades, Mr. Cliff served as lead counsel for substantial commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition of vacant land, retail, office and industrial projects.  On a continuing basis, Mr. Cliff represents tenants which are franchisees of national companies in the negotiation of leases.  Mr. Cliff represents borrowers on secured credit facilities, including numerous recent transactions totaling the tens of millions of dollars per loan.

He also taught programs about forming business entities for purposes of real estate investment at local universities. Mr. Cliff graduated cum laude with a degree in mathematics and economics from Claremont McKenna College and earned his juris doctor from the University of Southern California Law Center, where he was editor and board member of the Major Tax Planning and Computer Law Journal.  Mr. Cliff is a member of the State Bar of California, and its Business Law and Real Property Law sections, and a member of the Riverside County Bar Association.


  • Catastrophe Planning for Real Estate Practitioners: Traps for the Unwary Contained in Risk of Loss and Premises Damage Provision in Real Property Purchase and Lease Documents, California Real Property Journal, Volume 25, No. 2, p. 23, 2007
  • Commercial Loan Workouts – A Practical Introduction, Riverside County Bar Journal, July-August, p.22, 2008
  • Damage, Destruction, Reconstruction, Insurance and Indemnity, Ground Lease Practice, Continuing Education of the Bar (co-author with Yvette Green). , Chapter 15, 2010


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