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Fredrick A. Hagen — Partner

Areas of Practice

Fredrick Hagen joined Berding|Weil as an Associate in 2005. His practice focuses on business and commercial real estate litigation. His litigation experience includes all types of business and real estate disputes, including breach of contract and fraud, breach of lease and other commercial landlord-tenant issues, title insurance and other coverage issues, broker disputes, foreclosures, legal malpractice, employment litigation, and federal and state court appeals.

Professional History

Prior to joining Berding|Weil, Mr. Hagen represented commercial and individual clients in real estate, business, and coverage litigation matters, and was managing partner of the Law Offices of Fredrick A. Hagen, representing commercial and individual clients in business and real estate litigation.

Educational History

Mr. Hagen received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1997, where he served as Articles Editor for the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Journalism from the University of Oregon in 1992.

Representative Engagements


Successfully defended business owner against claims for breach of franchise agreement and fraud by obtaining pretrial dismissal through motion for summary judgment.

Successfully defended local business against claim for breach of telecommunications equipment finance lease by prosecuting cross-claim under federal-RICO statutes.

Obtained favorable settlement in multidistrict, international breach of contract dispute by prosecuting claims against U.S. manufacturer of components for nuclear power plant in Taiwan.

Real Estate:

Successfully defended contractor against negligence allegations in a subrogation action by obtaining pretrial dismissal through motion for summary judgment.

Successfully represented real estate broker in binding arbitration of title insurance coverage dispute.

Obtained favorable trial judgment in defense of adverse possession claim and successfully defended judgment, and prior summary adjudication of prescriptive easement and equitable estoppel claims, on appeal. (See Baumann v. Miles (Sept. 3, 2002) 2002 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8299.)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of California and its Real Property Law Section
  • United States District Court for Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States