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J.D. University of California, Davis, 1979
Editor-in-Chief, U.C. Davis Law Review

A.B. University of California, Berkeley, 1976

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Claims Court


State Bar of California, Business Law and Real Property Law Sections

State Bar of California, Real Estate Law Consulting Group, 1996-2006

Sacramento County Bar Association, Real Property Law Section

Association of Commercial Real Estate

Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyers, 2013, 2014

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2014

Best Lawyers in America©, 2012 - 2015, Real Estate Law

Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" 2015, Real Estate Law | Sacramento

Best of the Bar 2014 Sacramento Business Journal

Michael A. Kvarme

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Managing Shareholder
T: 916.558.6081
F: 916.446.1611
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Guiding innocent passengers down some of the world’s most thrilling whitewater seems like an improbable training ground for a lawyer. For Mike Kvarme, it encapsulated many of the skill sets required of an attorney.

“Navigating a treacherous stretch of river requires analysis of the obstacles and risk, proper planning and examining contingencies, and ultimately impeccable execution,” Mike notes. The same skills required in the more sedate and intellectually demanding practice of law.

Mike concentrates on a transactionally based real estate, finance and business planning practice. His clients range from publicly traded companies to closely held businesses and individuals. Mike’s skill and success have been confirmed by clients and peers in recognitions as one of the Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyers in 2013 (Real Estate and Business Counseling), Best Lawyer (Real Estate) and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer (Land Use and Zoning). He has been chosen frequently to write and lecture for the California Continuing Education of the Bar and other organizations.

Mike has been privileged to work on a number of significant projects in his career: lead counsel for the redevelopment of McClellan Air Force Base into one of the most successful military base conversions in the country.

  • Billions of dollars in financing projects for lenders and borrowers.
  • Development of Esquire Plaza, Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Rotunda Building (Sacramento), Residence Inn and Condominiums (Sacramento), CalSTRS office building and more.
  • Master planned developments, planned unit developments, mixed use projects and residential communities.