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Carl D. Ciochon

Attorney
Phone: 510.834.6600
Fax: 510.808.4647
E-mail: CCiochon@wendel.com v-card

Practice Areas

Experience

Carl Ciochon is a partner in Wendel Rosen’s litigation department and co‑chair of the firm’s real estate litigation group.  Carl has a diverse background as a trial lawyer, with a particular focus on real estate matters and representations involving investment funds.  As a real estate litigator, he regularly represents retail tenants, brokerage firms, developers, homebuilders, property managers, and purchasers and sellers of real property.  Carl also has substantial experience in matters involving investment funds. He previously served as General Counsel to a $5 billion SEC Registered Investment Adviser and has represented fund managers and investors in all manner of proceedings, including litigation relating to fund investments, management, and performance.  In recent years, Carl’s notable representations have included the following:

  • Obtained dismissal of federal RICO class action alleging that residential property manager improperly withheld tenant security deposits.  Subsequently settled related state court class action entirely through insurer contributions.
  • Tried to successful conclusion homebuilder’s claims against neighboring gun club for trespass and nuisance, obtaining $2.3 million judgment and permanent injunctive relief.  Successfully defended judgment on appeal.
  • Obtained dismissal of extended family members’ claim to $60 million plus share of proceeds from sale of family business.
  • Won summary adjudication that hard-money lender’s loan to elderly widow violated California’s Anti-Predatory Lending Law.  
  • Obtained dismissal of suit against national fitness center alleging breach of purported contract to operate spa on fitness center premises.
  • Procured emergency injunctive relief preventing state agency from improperly revoking client’s approval to operate EMT training programs.

Carl serves on the Executive Committee of the Alameda County Bar Association’s Trial Practice Section. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. Richard M. Bilby, United States District Judge, District of Arizona. Carl is a competitive distance runner and is currently working on a streak of five consecutive Boston Marathons.

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of Law; J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif (1992)
  • UCLA; B.A., History; cum laude (1988)

Close Admissions

  • All California State Courts
  • United States District Court, Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Close Publications

Close Affiliations

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Trial Practice Section
    • Member, Executive Committee
  • City Car Share
    • Member, Board of Directors

Close Speaking & Teaching

  • “Disclosure and Brokerage Issues in Commercial Real Estate Transactions,” Wendel Rosen Speaker Series, April 8, 2014
  • “Guarantor Liability," live teleconference seminar, National Business Institute, June 5, 2014.
  • “Disclosure and Brokerage Issues in Commercial Real Estate  Transactions,” Wendel Rosen Speaker Series,  April 8, 2014

Close Awards & Recognition

  • "Keta Taylor Colby Award," San Francisco Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, 1996