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Walter R. Turner

Phone: 510.834.6600
Fax: 510.808.4690
E-mail: WTurner@wendel.com v-card


Walt is a partner in the firm's taxation and business groups, where his practice focuses on corporate and business transactional matters, with a particular emphasis on federal income tax matters associated with a business transactional practice.  Walt’s practice also focuses heavily on sales and acquisitions, including mergers and other tax free reorganization transactions involving closely-held companies doing business in California and throughout the United States.  The “m & a transactions’ Walt handles are often the result of succession planning for family-owned businesses, which is another area of focus of his practice. 

In recent years, Walt has also devoted significant time to expert consultant and witness work in complex income tax and federal estate and gift tax cases.  A member of the firm since 1978, he is a former member of the Tax Law Advisory Commission of the California Board of Legal Specialization.  Walt has authored or co-authored numerous publications dealing with income tax matters, and he lectures frequently before trade and professional organizations.


  • New York University School of Law; LL.M., Taxation (1978)
  • Pepperdine University School of Law; J.D., cum laude (1977)
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; B.A., Political Science (1973)

Close Admissions

  • State Bar of California

Close Publications

  • Qualifying Asset Sales Must Close by the End of a Pre-2010 Fiscal Year,” co-author, Wendel Rosen Client Update, November 20, 2009
  • "Independent-Contractor Status in Employment Law, Part III: Federal Income Tax Consideration," California Business Law Practitioner, Fall 1989
  • "Commercial Real Property Lease Practice," contributor, Tax Chapters-Supplement, 1982 to 1992

Close Affiliations

  • California Board of Legal Specialization
    • Tax Law Advisory Commission; member
  • Laca Foundation
    • Director, 1991 to present
  • Alameda County Fee Arbitration Program
    • Participant, 1984 to present
  • East Bay Tax Club
    • Member
    • President, 1989 to 1990
  • Alameda County Bar Association
    • Member

Close Speaking & Teaching

  • “Advanced Issues in Foreclosure,” presenter, National Business Institute, July 14, 2011
  • “Family Business Succession Planning – Time Waits For No One,” panelist, October 10, 2010
  • "Tax-Free Exchanges," lecturer, National Conference of Real Estate Executives (now CoreNet)
  • "Income Tax Consequences of Real Property Transaction," lecturer, California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • "Advising and Organizing California Business," lecturer, California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • "Tax Aspects of Commercial Lease Transactions," lecturer, Continuing Legal Education International
  • "Tax Aspects of Safe Harbor Leasing," lecturer, National Staff Leasing Association

Close Awards & Recognition

  • 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.