OAKLAND, Calif., May 2, 2017 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP continues its 13-year partnership with Rebuilding Together Oakland/East Bay (RTO). The firm’s attorneys and staff participated in a two-weekend improvement project on the Oakland home of a disabled elderly widow. In addition to these direct efforts, Partners Les Hausrath and Matt Graham currently serve on the RTO Board of Directors.

For more than 20 years, RTO has brought volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of the growing population of low-income homeowners in need, as well as community facilities in Oakland and the East Bay. Every April, RTO leads the Oakland/East Bay effort for National Rebuilding Day. This year, RTO will see more than 2,000 volunteers complete more than 40 critical home repair and community improvement projects in the local community.

Wendel Rosen’s 2017 project brings together a full complement of attorneys, staff and firm clients for two consecutive Saturdays of improvement-focused labor on the home of an 85-year old disabled widow, who has lived in and raised her family in the house since 1968. The Wendel Rosen team is working together with Bell Investment Advisors to make significant and necessary improvements to the house, including cleaning and painting the entire exterior, rebuilding and painting the garage, and building a handicap access ramp and patio area to allow the homeowner to enjoy her backyard again after several years of inaccessibility.

“All of us at Wendel Rosen thoroughly enjoy participating in Rebuilding Together Oakland year after year. We place a strong emphasis on community service at the firm, and we have a rich history of engaging in similar projects in the surrounding community,” said Graham, a Construction Practice partner and team leader of the RTO building project. “We value weekends like these, as they are deeply and directly gratifying for us, and they bring a different perspective to our legal work, client partnerships and employee teambuilding.”

About Wendel Rosen

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP serves a diverse clientele of business, public and individual clients located throughout California and the United States. With offices in Oakland and Modesto, California, the 108-year-old firm advises clients on transactional and civil litigation matters in several related fields of law, including business/corporate; construction; eminent domain; employment; environmental; estate planning, trusts and probate; green business; insolvency, restructuring and creditor rights; insurance; intellectual property; land use; real estate; taxation; and technology. In 2003, the firm became the first law firm in the country to gain third-party certification as a green business and has won numerous recognitions for its leadership in the green economy. The firm was recognized by The National Law Journal on its “Midsize Hot List” in 2009 and 2014. Additional information about the firm and its attorneys may be found at www.wendel.com.

About Rebuilding Together Oakland

Rebuilding Together Oakland/East Bay is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. The organization’s focus is to provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. RTO’s impact has been felt in Oakland and now the greater East Bay area for more than 20 years, and its corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizen-volunteers have repaired more than 1,100 homes and 115 community facilities and spaces. Visit: www.RTOakland.org.

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