110 Years of History

Early History

Wendel Rosen LLP traces its origins to December 1909. The firm was founded in Oakland by Louis Glickman, along with his two brothers, and retained the Glickman family name until 1946. At that time, J. Clayton Orr joined the firm, and the name changed to Glickman, Glickman & Orr. In 1948, Marion W. Heuring was admitted to the partnership and the firm became known as Glickman, Orr & Heuring.

The Wendel Legacy

When David I. Wendel became a partner in the firm in 1956, the name changed to Orr, Heuring & Wendel.

In 1970, Eugene Lawlor, a leading East Bay trial attorney, joined the partnership. At that time the firm became known as Orr, Wendel & Lawlor (affectionately, the wise OWL firm). In 1960, Donn Black, former mayor of Lafayette, joined what was to be known as Wendel, Lawlor, Rosen and Black.

Michael Dean joined the firm in 1967, was later added to the partnership and eventually the firm name. In 1988, the name changed once more to Wendel, Rosen, Black, Dean & Levitan (the longest of the name incarnations).  Mike served as the firm’s managing partner for many years through the 1990s and is largely credited with helping the firm evolve into the modern firm it is today.

From 1996 through 2019, the firm was named Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP.

The Firm Today

As of June 2019, the firm became known as Wendel Rosen LLP.

We’ve been through a few changes over the years. Each stage in our evolution helps us become stronger, more nimble and better prepared to help our clients achieve their goals.

Each step along the way, the firm has always held the same core values—a strong sense of community and personal client service. The team of attorneys and staff housed under Wendel Rosen’s roof today continue to demonstrate those values each and every day.