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

  • Profile
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  • INSIGHTS

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.

 

Oakland Builders Alliance

  • Board Member

SPUR

San Francisco Housing Action Coalition

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
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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
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News

Land Use Partner Robert Selna Comments on San Francisco Rezoning Settlement

Land Use Partner Robert Selna Comments on San Francisco Rezoning Settlement

10/02/2019 | San Francisco Chronicle

Partner Robert Selna spoke recently with the San Francisco Chronicle regarding a settlement between the City of San Francisco and four separate entities (a developer, condo owners and two neighborhood…

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Wendel Rosen Elevates Robert W. Selna to Partner, Continues to Activate Firmwide Growth

Wendel Rosen Elevates Robert W. Selna to Partner, Continues to Activate Firmwide Growth

07/10/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, announces that Robert W. Selna has been elevated to partner, effective July 1. “Rob…

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California Senate Passes Legislation to Create State-Chartered Cannabis Banks

California Senate Passes Legislation to Create State-Chartered Cannabis Banks

05/21/2019 | CNBC

Click here to read the article,“California Senate Passes Legislation to Create State-Chartered Cannabis Banks," in which Chair of the Cannabis Industry Practice Group attorney Robert Selna adds insight on latest…

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Date Category Publication Title
10/28/2018 News San Francisco Chronicle  Oakland’s pot equity program withering on the vine
10/01/2018 News National Law Journal  Cannabis Trailblazers 2018
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08/09/2018 News San Francisco Chronicle  Cannabis Entrepreneur’s Green Business has Oakland Bureaucracy Blues
12/15/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  How Will the Feds Respond?
12/14/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  How Will the Federal Government Respond to Legal Retail Marijuana in California?
12/06/2017 News Marijuana Venture  Building a Retail Store, Part Two
09/08/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Cannabiz Hits New Roadblock
08/28/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Bay Area Cannabis Businesses, Expecting a Boom, Struggle to Lease Retail Space
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08/02/2017 News Daily Journal  Catch Up with Byzantine Cannabis Regulations
07/16/2017 News San Francisco Chronicle  Oakland Begins Foray Into Equalizing Cannabis Industry
03/31/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Oakland’s Cannabis Rules Go Up in Smoke
03/14/2017 News San Francisco Chronicle  Oakland’s Misguided Marijuana Rules
01/29/2017 News San Francisco Chronicle  Oakland Race and Equity Official Reviews Cannabis Industry
08/07/2015 Press Release   Firm Welcomes Robert Selna to its Land Use and Real Estate Practice Groups
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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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