Selna, Robert W.

Robert W. Selna
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
rselna@wendel.com

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law; J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Journalism

University of California, Berkeley; B.A., History

Admissions

State Bar of California

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Rob is an active member of the firm’s Land Use, Real Estate, and Cannabis practices, and represents clients in a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters. He chairs the firm’s Cannabis practice group and frequently writes and speaks on related legal issues.

Land Use and Real Estate

Rob represents a diverse group  of clients, including businesses and developers. He advises clients on everything from zoning and planning issues, to environmental and subdivision laws. His transactional work includes leases and purchase and sale agreements. He has extensive experience working with city and state regulatory agencies, boards, and commissions.

Cannabis

Rob advises cannabis clients on licensing, regulatory matters and legislation, contracts, real estate transactions, litigation, taxes, and other matters. He frequently publishes articles and speaks at national and international forums on cannabis issues. In addition, he serves on the Facilities Design Committee of the National Cannabis Industry Association and is a member of the California Cannabis Industry Association and International Cannabis Bar Association.

Broad Experience and Insight

Prior to practicing law, Rob enjoyed an extensive career as a newspaper reporter covering land use, real estate, and local government for publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle. He also served as the chief of staff to a San Francisco Supervisor, assisting in citywide legislation on a range of zoning and environmental issues. With longstanding Oakland roots, Rob is active in his community, serving on several boards and as the chair of a neighborhood non-profit organization.

National Cannabis Industry Association

  • Facilities Design Committee

California Cannabis Industry Association

Oakland Builders Alliance

  • Board Member

SPUR

San Francisco Housing Action Coalition

Alameda County Bar Association

City of Oakland Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission

  • Former Commissioner

Alameda County Bar Association

Publications

City of Oakland Releases Opportunity Zone Prospectus

City of Oakland Releases Opportunity Zone Prospectus

06/20/2019 | Client Update

On June 11, 2019, the City of Oakland released an Opportunity Zone prospectus. The 37-page document is intended to describe Oakland’s goals for the federal tax incentive program, highlight the…

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What Lies Ahead for Legal and Legislative Developments in 2019

What Lies Ahead for Legal and Legislative Developments in 2019

01/09/2019 | mg Magazine

On January 9, 2019, mg Magazine published an article co-written by Wendel Rosen attorneys Rob Selna and Mia Butera. Their article contemplates changes happening at the federal level, as well…

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Oakland’s New Medical Cannabis Regulations

Oakland’s New Medical Cannabis Regulations

05/19/2016 | Robert Selna

On May 17, 2016, the Oakland City Council approved new detailed regulations intended to mainstream medical cannabis retail and commercial operations and pave the way for the City to accept…

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Date Category Publication Title
04/20/2016 Publication Robert W. Selna Oakland City Council Approves Impact Fees
03/24/2016 Publication Robert Selna and Todd Williams Oakland Proposed Developer Fees Updated March 24, 2016
01/29/2016 Publication San Francisco Chronicle Ideas to turn abandoned Oakland properties into affordable homes
01/25/2016 Publication Robert Selna Oakland Proposed Developer Fees Summary

Events

The Latest on Oakland’s Development Impact Fees and the California Supreme Court’s Steps to Rein in CEQA

The Latest on Oakland’s Development Impact Fees and the California Supreme Court’s Steps to Rein in CEQA

04/12/2016 | Wendel Rosen Client Seminar

Wendel Rosen Land Use attorneys Todd Williams and Rob Selna will present "The Latest on Oakland's Development Impact Fees and the California Supreme Court's Steps to Rein in CEQA," on…

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Exploring Cannabis Industry Real Estate Impacts & Issues

Exploring Cannabis Industry Real Estate Impacts & Issues

04/11/2017 | Wendel Rosen Client Seminar

Wendel Rosen attorney Rob Selna will co-present "Exploring Cannabis Industry Real Estate Impacts & Issues" on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in the David I. Wendel Conference Center, 1111 Broadway, Oakland, California….

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CLTA’s 110th Annual Convention

CLTA’s 110th Annual Convention

05/21/2017 | California Land Title Association

Wendel Rosen is pleased to sponsor California Land Title Association's 110th Annual Convention on Sunday, May 21 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Join Wendel Rosen attorney Robert Selna, who will co-present…

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Date Category Host Title
09/27/2017 Seminar Wendel Rosen Client Seminar Countdown to California Cannabis Licensing
10/13/2017 Webinar Law Seminars International Cannabis as a Business in California
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11/17/2017 Seminar Contra Costa County Bar Association Developments in California Cannabis Law
01/17/2018 Seminar National Business Institute Recreational Marijuana Business Law in California
01/23/2018 Seminar National Business Institute Recreational Cannabis Business Law in California
01/26/2018 Seminar Commercial Brokers Association Cannabis Business
04/04/2018 Seminar Newmark Cornish & Carey Brokerage California Cannabis Impacts on Industrial Real Estate
04/20/2018 Seminar PGIM Real Estate California Cannabis and Real Estate Investments
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05/04/2018 Community Oakland Small Business Week Curious About Cannabis Business?
12/20/2018 Seminar Robert Selna Landlords & Cannabis Workshop – Leasing to a Cannabis Tenant
02/23/2019 Seminar American Planning Association California Chapter Northern 2019 Legal Updates; to Cannabis SB 35
04/25/2019 Event O'Cannabiz Conference & Expo Running a Successful Company From Seed-to-Sale: Challenges & Solutions for Effectively Operating a Vertically Integrated Cannabis Business
10/23/2019 Conference PanelSponsorship California Hemp Expo California Hemp Expo
10/24/2019 Conference PanelEvent SPUR How Oakland is Responding to Opportunity Zones
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News

Firm Welcomes Robert Selna to its Land Use and Real Estate Practice Groups

Firm Welcomes Robert Selna to its Land Use and Real Estate Practice Groups

08/07/2015

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 7, 2015 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, a highly-respected East Bay law firm representing businesses throughout the region, welcomes Robert Selna as an attorney in…

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Oakland Race and Equity Official Reviews Cannabis Industry

Oakland Race and Equity Official Reviews Cannabis Industry

01/29/2017 | San Francisco Chronicle

[This article was originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle on January 29, 2017.] San Francisco Chronicle published the article, "Oakland Race and Equity Official Reviews Cannabis Industry" in which attorney…

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Oakland’s Misguided Marijuana Rules

Oakland’s Misguided Marijuana Rules

03/14/2017 | San Francisco Chronicle

[This article was originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 14, 2017.] Click here to read the article, "Oakland's Misguided Marijuana Rules," in which Chair of the Cannabis…

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Oakland’s Cannabis Rules Go Up in Smoke

Oakland’s Cannabis Rules Go Up in Smoke

03/31/2017 | San Francisco Business Times

[This article was originally published in the San Francisco Business Times on March 31, 2017.] To read the full article, Oakland's Cannabis Rules Go Up in Smoke, in which Chair of…

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Oakland Begins Foray Into Equalizing Cannabis Industry

Oakland Begins Foray Into Equalizing Cannabis Industry

07/16/2017 | San Francisco Chronicle

Click here to read article "Oakland Begins Foray Into Equalizing Cannabis Industry," originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle on July 16, 2017 to find out what cannabis attorney Rob…

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Catch Up with Byzantine Cannabis Regulations

Catch Up with Byzantine Cannabis Regulations

08/02/2017 | Daily Journal

To read byline article, by attorney Robert Selna "Catch Up with Byzantine Cannabis Regulations,” which published in the Daily Journal on August 2, 2017, click the link to subscribe. 

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Bay Area Cannabis Businesses, Expecting a Boom, Struggle to Lease Retail Space

Bay Area Cannabis Businesses, Expecting a Boom, Struggle to Lease Retail Space

08/28/2017 | San Francisco Business Times

[This article was originally published in the San Francisco Business Times on August 28, 2017.] To read the full article, "Bay Area Cannabis Businesses, Expecting a Boom, Struggle to Lase…

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Cannabiz Hits New Roadblock

Cannabiz Hits New Roadblock

09/08/2017 | San Francisco Business Times

Click here to read article "Cannabiz Hits New Roadblock," originally published in the San Francisco Times on September 8, 2017 to find out what cannabis attorney Rob Selna has to say.   

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Building a Retail Store, Part Two

Building a Retail Store, Part Two

12/06/2017 | Marijuana Venture

[This article was originally published in Marijuana Venture on December 6, 2017.] Click here to read article "Building a Retail Store, Part Two," in which attorney Rob Selna discusses the…

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How Will the Federal Government Respond to Legal Retail Marijuana in California?

How Will the Federal Government Respond to Legal Retail Marijuana in California?

12/14/2017 | San Francisco Business Times

[This article was originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle on December 12, 2017.] Click here to read the article,“How Will the Federal Government Respond to Legal Retail Marijuana in…

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Date Category Publication Title
03/31/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Oakland’s Cannabis Rules Go Up in Smoke
07/16/2017 News San Francisco Chronicle  Oakland Begins Foray Into Equalizing Cannabis Industry
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08/02/2017 News Daily Journal  Catch Up with Byzantine Cannabis Regulations
08/28/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Bay Area Cannabis Businesses, Expecting a Boom, Struggle to Lease Retail Space
09/08/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Cannabiz Hits New Roadblock
12/06/2017 News Marijuana Venture  Building a Retail Store, Part Two
12/14/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  How Will the Federal Government Respond to Legal Retail Marijuana in California?
12/15/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  How Will the Feds Respond?
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08/09/2018 News San Francisco Chronicle  Cannabis Entrepreneur’s Green Business has Oakland Bureaucracy Blues
10/01/2018 News National Law Journal  Cannabis Trailblazers 2018
10/28/2018 News San Francisco Chronicle  Oakland’s pot equity program withering on the vine
05/21/2019 News CNBC  California Senate Passes Legislation to Create State-Chartered Cannabis Banks
07/10/2019 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Elevates Robert W. Selna to Partner, Continues to Activate Firmwide Growth
10/02/2019 In the News San Francisco Chronicle  Land Use Partner Robert Selna Comments on San Francisco Rezoning Settlement
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11/05/2019 In the News California Ag Today  Rob Selna Reviews Changes to California Hemp Industry

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law; J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Journalism

University of California, Berkeley; B.A., History

Admissions

State Bar of California

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