Retz & Aldover Specialists

Ernesto F. Aldover


Ernesto F. Aldover founded The Law Office of Ernesto F. Aldover in 2002. Thirteen years later, he’s still providing quality legal representation for financial institutions, developers, large and small business entities, etc. in both litigation and real estate/business transactions. A University of California at Berkeley Economics undergraduate (1988), Mr. Aldover then attended Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, where he served on the school’s Law Review and participated in the school’s comparative real property law program (attending Oxford University) highlighting the differences between English and American real property law. In his two decades of work as a Southern California Real Estate and Business Law Attorney, Mr. Aldover has concluded more than $100,000,000 in HUD 223f loan transactions, represented both lending institutions and borrowers in loan transactions, and represented parties in contract negotiations and business purchases. He has also represented individuals and entities state and federal court actions and binding arbitrations business disputes, real estate and probate litigation.

Mr. Aldover has also enjoyed serving on the board of the Pilipino-American Bar Association and being an active member of the Real Estate and International Law sub-sections of both the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He looks forward to offering excellent Real Estate and Business legal services to the residents and business owners throughout the greater LA area for decades to come.

I strive to achieve the best results for my clients.

Kirk J. Retz


Kirk J. Retz is a founding partner in Retz & Aldover, LLP and practices in the area of construction law, real estate and business law handling both transactional and litigation matters. He advises clients on an array of issues in the construction industry including land acquisition, contract creation and negotiation, the permit process, liens, governmental work and energy generating projects. His clients range from Fortune 500–sized companies to small contractors and owners.

Mr. Retz has published articles such as “Integrated Project Delivery, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” in the Real Property Section of the California State Bar Journal; "Construction Basics" presented at the West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar and Continuing Education of the Bar; “A Game Plan for Surviving Construction Defect Litigation” in Utility Contractor Magazine; “The SB800 Quagmire” in ECA Magazine; and “When a Developer Becomes a Contractor in the Eyes of the Law” in ENR Magazine. He also authored “Contractual Considerations and Issues Related to Integrated Project Delivery”, a chapter in the “Inside the Minds” book published by Aspatore Books, a Thompson Reuters business. A frequent speaker on construction and mold issues, Mr. Retz has spoken at the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference, the RE/MAX International Summer Conference for Brokers/Owners & Managers and the Indoor Air Quality Association. Mr. Retz has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer.

His understanding of construction comes not only from his legal training but also from his ten years experience in the construction industry. He supervised and managed construction crews, negotiated contracts and was responsible for the coordination, scheduling and completion of construction projects. He oversaw core and shell and tenant improvement construction for numerous buildings throughout Southern California. Mr. Retz also holds certificates as a Building Systems Technician and Building Systems Administrator. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Retz volunteers his time with the community. He is on the Board of Managers for the Torrance-South Bay YMCA, the Gift Planning Council for Loyola Marymount, is the Chair of the Bond Oversite Committee for El Camino Community College and is on the Parks and Activities Commission for the City of Rolling Hills Estates. Mr. Retz graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D. 1993) and California State University, Northridge (B.A. 1989).

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