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Les A. Hausrath

Les A. Hausrath
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
lhausrath@wendel.com

Education

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law; J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; B.A., History, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

State Bar of California

  • Profile
  • PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS
  • AFFILIATIONS
  • Recognition
  • INSIGHTS

Les is quite simply one of the go-to attorneys on eminent domain, land use and real estate issues in California.

Eminent Domain

Cities, counties, special districts and other public entities, as well as private clients throughout the state, seek him out to represent their interests in public acquisitions. From initial advice well before litigation is filed through trial and appeal, he has extensive experience in condemnation matters and is chair of the firm’s eminent domain group.

Land Use and Property Matters

Les’s practice also takes him throughout California as he appears before zoning boards and public agencies on behalf of clients, both public and private, large and small. He advises on and litigates land use, zoning, boundary disputes, easements, title matters, and Subdivision Map Act and CEQA issues for clients including restaurants, wineries, shopping centers, health clubs, large and small service and entertainment businesses, and individuals. He also handles local sales and use tax disputes, conservation easements, and historic preservation issues.

Real Estate Resolution and Mediation

Les is regularly retained to serve as a mediator and arbitrator in eminent domain and complex real property and public law disputes. With extensive experience representing both public agencies and private property owners, he is well particularly well equipped to help resolve difficult condemnation matters.

Influence and Experience

Les has written and spoken extensively on eminent domain issues, and is a leader in over a dozen community, professional, and land use organizations. He is consistently recognized by clients, colleagues, and publications for excellence. From handling a complex condemnation lawsuit, to winning an approval of a new roller coaster, or resolving a difficult easement or boundary issue, Les is distinguished in the field.

 

  • Obtained approval of new roller coaster for amusement park over significant neighbor opposition and following more than 20 public hearings
  • Resolved numerous eminent domain cases for a public entity on favorable terms involving complex acquisitions for grade separation projects affecting access, circulation and parking.
  • Received favorable court ruling in a case involving a city’s improper suspension of an issued building permit and enactment of an emergency ordinance to prevent construction of the client’s project
  • Negotiated acquisition of adjacent surplus land from neighboring public entity to allow clients to maintain and expand their yard and create buffer from incompatible uses
  • Obtained a $27 million verdict for a shopping center owner in an eminent domain case involving acquisition of a significant portion of the center’s parking for a transit station

Regional Parks Foundation

  • Board of Directors, 2016 to present

California Continuing Education of the Bar

  • Member, Real Property Advisory Committee, 2016 to 2019

International Right-of-Way Association, SF Bay Area Chapter

  • Law & Ethics Committee, chair, 1998 – present
  • Board, Donna Dawkins Scholarship Fund, 2017- present

Land Trust of Napa County

  • Board Member, 2020 – present
  • Projects Committee, member, 2010 – present
  • Protection Committee, member, 2012 – present; Chair, 2016 – present

UC Berkeley Alumni Association

  • District Chair, The Leadership Award, TAAP and KASK Scholarship Program, 2018 – present

West Oakland Commerce Association

  • Board Member, 2015 – 2019

United States Tennis Association, Northern California Section

  • General Counsel, 2014 – present

City of Oakland, Planning Commission

  • Member, 1996 – 2000
  • Chair, 1999 – 2000

Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board

  • Member, 1991 – 1996
  • Chair, 1993 – 1996
  • Member, 1993 – 1997, (appointed citizens’ committee to oversee revision of Oakland’s General Plan)

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

  • Planning and Construction Committee, member, 1994 – 2000
  • Land Use Committee (OLUC) member, 2013 – present; Co-chair, 2014 – present

Rebuilding Together Oakland

  • Board Member, 2007 – 2013, 2014 – present
  • Chair, 2010 – 2012

East Bay College Fund

  • Mentor for Oakland high school grads attending college, (San Francisco State and Holy Names), 2017 – present

State Bar of California

  • Real Property Law Section, Executive Committee, 1992 – 1996
  • Advisor, 1996 – 1998
  • Chair, 1995 – 1996
  • Vice chair, 1994 – 1995
  • Co-chair, Zoning and Land Use Subsection, 1990 – 1992

Alameda County Bar Association

  • Member, 1973 – present
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004, 2006, 2013- present
  • Sophie Yore Award, International Right of Way Association, Chapter 2, 2011 (awarded for significant continuing contribution to right-of-way profession)
  • 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.

Events

21st Annual Eminent Domain Conference

21st Annual Eminent Domain Conference

10/17/2019 | Bar Association of San Francisco

Wendel Rosen attorneys Joshua Cohen and Les Hausrath, along with Norm Hulberg from Valbridge Property Advisors, will co-present the 21st Annual Eminent Domain conference. Everyone from the experienced and nuanced…

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The Top Ten Things I Wish My Client’s Attorney Told Me Before Testifying

The Top Ten Things I Wish My Client’s Attorney Told Me Before Testifying

05/17/2018 | Appraisal Institute _ Northern California Chapter

On Thursday, May 17, 2018 attorneys Les Hausrath will co-present "Top Ten Things I Wish My Client's Attorney Told Me Before Testifying" in Woodland, CA.  Gain an appraisal & legal perspective…

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Smooth Sailing for Public Acquisitions in California: Navigating the Legal Process from Pre-Acquisition to Order for Possession

Smooth Sailing for Public Acquisitions in California: Navigating the Legal Process from Pre-Acquisition to Order for Possession

07/28/2016 | State Bar of California

Wendel Rosen eminent domain attorney Les Hausrath will be speaking at the webinar “Smooth Sailing for Public Acquisitions in California: Navigating the Legal Process from Pre-Acquisition to Order for Possession”…

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Date Category Host Title
11/17/2015 Seminar CLE-International Tell It To The Judge: Rules of Evidence For Appraisers and Right-of-Way Professionals in Eminent Domain Cases
11/10/2015 Seminar Wendel Rosen Client Seminar Easy In, Not Always So Easy Out
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10/22/2015 Seminar County Counsels Association of California Smooth Sailing for Public Acquisitions in California: Navigating the Legal Process from Resolution of Necessity to Order for Possession
04/14/2015 Seminar Wendel Rosen Client Seminar This Land is … Whose Land?
02/15/2011 Seminar Client Seminar Eminent Domain: The Nuts & Bolts of Public Acquisitions

News

Les Hausrath Appointed to Land Trust of Napa County Board of Trustees

Les Hausrath Appointed to Land Trust of Napa County Board of Trustees

05/14/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

Wendel Rosen partner Les Hausrath has been appointed to the Land Trust of Napa County Board of Trustees. Established in 1976, the Land Trust of Napa County is a community-based…

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Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

08/19/2019 | Wendel Rosen

Partner Michael Dean Named “Best Lawyer” for 37th Consecutive Year Wendel Rosen LLP Partners Michael D. Cooper, Patricia E. Curtin, Michael A. Dean, Monica Dell’Osso, Matthew F. Graham, Tracy Green,…

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Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07/08/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, announces that 22 attorneys have been named to the 2019 edition of Northern California…

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Date Category Publication Title
08/15/2018 Press Release   Eleven Wendel Rosen Attorneys Named to 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America
07/10/2018 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
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08/15/2017 Press Release   Firm Lands 10 Attorneys in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
04/22/2016 Press Release   Firm Land Use Attorney Les Hausrath Elected to Regional Parks Foundation Board of Directors

Education

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law; J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; B.A., History, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

State Bar of California