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Robin L. Thornton

Robin L. Thornton
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
d: 510.622.7674
f: 510.834.1928
rthornton@wendel.com

Education

Golden Gate University, School of Law; J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; B.A.

Extern with federal Judge Ware of the Northern District of California, 2004, 2006

Admissions

State Bar of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

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Robin has over 18 years’ law firm experience, including twelve years practicing in eminent domain and pubic agency law.  She has represented public and private entities and individuals in a variety of contexts, including appellate matters, trials, administrative hearings, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, private negotiations, and in advisory capacities. In addition to condemnation law, Robin also practices general civil litigation, property tax, real property, insurance coverage, and employment law.

She is best known for her representation in the Richmond Refinery case, the second longest assessment appeal in California. Additionally, she has worked on mediations, arbitrations, court and jury trials in Alameda, Solano, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Orange Counties.

Notable public projects include the Interstate 80 / Interstate 680 / State Route 12 Interchange and the North Connector in Solano County, Caltrans Truck Scale project in Cordelia, and the State Route 4 Bypass in Brentwood and Oakley.

Appellate Decisions

  • Navigators Specialty Ins. Co. v. Moorefield Construction, Inc.
    (2016) 6 Cal. App. 5th 1258 (insurance)
  • Western States Petroleum Association, v. Board of Equalization
    (2013) 57 Cal. 4th 401 (property tax)
  • Mann v. Said
    (2019) 2019 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6641 [Unpublished] (contract dispute)
  • Solano Transportation Authority v. Scherner
    (2020) First Appellate District Case No. A159764 [Petition for Writ Summarily Denied after Preliminary Opposition Filing] (Eminent domain)

Contra Costa County Bar Association

International Right of Way Association (IRWA)

  • Treasurer, 2020

Inns of Court

  • Member, 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Star in the Practice Area of Eminent Domain, 2013-2020
  • San Francisco Magazine – Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2013-2020

 

News

Award-Winning Eminent Domain Attorney Joins Wendel Rosen

Award-Winning Eminent Domain Attorney Joins Wendel Rosen

11/11/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the country, announced that Robin Thornton joined the firm as Partner on November 9. “Robin is…

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Education

Golden Gate University, School of Law; J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; B.A.

Extern with federal Judge Ware of the Northern District of California, 2004, 2006

Admissions

State Bar of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

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