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Michael A. Dean

Attorney
Phone: 510.834.6600
Fax: 510.808.4650
E-mail: MDean@wendel.com v-card

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Experience

Mike, who has been with the firm since 1967 and served as the firm's managing partner for most of the 1990s, maintains a busy real estate practice, emphasizing commercial development, leasing and financing matters.

Widely recognized for his expertise in real estate law, Mike co-authored the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) "classic" Commercial Real Property Lease Practice in 1976. Since that time, he has written numerous articles on real property issues for CEB, as well as several chapters in CEB's Office Leasing book and Retail Leasing book.

He is a frequent speaker before numerous organizations, including the CEB, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Retail Tenants Association and the State Bar of California. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (elected in 1988) and is active in many other real estate trade organizations. Mike has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America each year since 1986.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law; J.D. (1967)
  • San Jose State College; B.A. (1964)

Close Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • Federal District Court, Ninth Circuit

Close Publications

  • Recent Cases Involving the Enforceability of Purchase and Sale Agreements,” The Wendel Report: Real Estate and Environmental, Spring, 2009
  • "Negotiating Selected Ground Lease Provisions," The Wendel Report: Real Estate, Fall, 2008
  • "Financing Provisions In Commercial Ground Leases," The Wendel Report: Real Estate, Winter 2008
  • "Pros and Cons of Commercial Ground Leases," The Wendel Report: Real Estate, Spring 2007
  • Retail Leasing, contributing author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2007
  • Office Leasing, contributing author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1996
  • Commercial Real Property Lease Practice, co-author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1976; co-author, Annual Supplements, 1977 to 1997
  • "Selected Issues in Build-To-Suit Leases," co-author, ICSC Law Library Construction Issues (International Council of Shopping Centers, 1995)
  • Supplement to Ground Lease Practice, consulting author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987
  • "Ground Leasing as an Alternative to Sale," author, California Real Property Law Journal, State Bar Real Property Law Section, Volume 1, No. 5, Winter 1984
  • "Renovation and Expansion of Shopping Centers to Selected Legal Problems," author, California Real Property Law Journal, State Bar Real Property Law Section, Volume 1, No. 4, Fall 1983
  • California Real Property Sales Transactions, consulting author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1981
  • "Guidelines for Creating a Compensation System That Works," author, Law Governance Review, The Law Governance Institute, 1996

Close Affiliations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
    • Member, 1985 to present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
    • Member, 1976 to present
    • Northern California Program Committee; member, 1990 to 2002
    • Northern California State Government Relations Committee; member, 1998 to present; chair, 1998 to 2002
  • National Retail Tenants Association
    • Member, 1987 to present
  • California Business Properties Association
    • Member, 1987 to present
    • Board of Directors; member, 1996 to present
    • Legal Affairs Subcommittee; member, 1988 to present
  • State Bar of California
    • Member, 1967 to present
    • Real Property Law Section; member, 1981 to present
    • Real Property Law Section, Executive Committee; vice president 1981 to 1984
  • Alameda County Bar Association
    • Member, 1967 to present

Civic Activities

City of Oakland Downtown Revitalization Task Force

  • Member, 2001 to 2002

  Oakland Raiders Celebrity Golf Tournament

  • Organizing Committee; member, 1997 to 2002

 Oakland Advisors

  • Board of Directors; member 1996 to 2002

 Lakeview Club

  • Board of Directors; president, 1996 to 2000

 Oakland Convention and Visitors Authority

  •  Board of Directors; member, 1995 to 1996

 Oakland Convention Center Management Inc.

  • Board of Directors; member, 1989 to 1995
  • Vice president of finance, 1992 to 1995
  • Long Range Planning Committee; member, 1989 to 1995

 City of Oakland Community Development Advisory Commission

  • Member, 1980 to 1988
  • Chair, 1983 to 1984

 National Educational Film Festival

  • Board of Directors; member 1982 to 1990
  • President, 1985 to 1986

 Lincoln Child Center Foundation

  • Board of Directors; member, 1987 to 1990

 Oakland East Bay Symphony

  • Board of Directors; member, 1988 to 1991
  • President, 1990 to 1991

Oakland 100 Club

  • Member, 1990 to present
  • Board of Directors, 2007 to present
  • President, 2004

West Alameda Lagoon Association

  • Board of Directors, 2006 to 2011
  • President, 2008 to 2011

First Tee Oakland

  • Board of Directors, 2013

Close Speaking & Teaching

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

California Continuing Education of the Bar (moderator and panelist)

  • "Commercial Real Property Lease Practice," 1977, 1979, 1980, and 1981
  • "Purchase and Sale of Real Property: Selected Legal Problems," 1978
  • "Selected Legal Problems in Commercial Ground Lease Transactions," 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990
  • "Representing Tenants to Commercial Real Property Lease Transactions," 1983 and 1989
  • "Office Leasing," 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2006
  • "Drafting and Negotiating Retail Leases," 2008
  • Moderator and panelist for Annual Real Property Law Institutes in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992 and 1996

 International Council of Shopping Centers

  • Moderator and panelist on various real estate subjects at Idea Exchanges, Annual Law Conferences, and Retail Symposiums since 1980

National Retail Tenants Association

  • Moderator and panelist for numerous programs since 1997

State Bar of California

  • Moderator and panelist for several Real Property Law Section Retreats from 1984 through 2008

Georgetown University Law Center

  • "Commercial Lease Negotiations," speaker, 1996

Close Awards & Recognition

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Real Estate Law, 1986 to present
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004 to present
  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell*

*AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.