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R. Zachary Wasserman

R. Zachary Wasserman
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
zwasserman@wendel.com

Education

Stanford University School of Law; J.D.

University of California, Santa Cruz; B.A. in Politics, with honors

Admissions

State Bar of California

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Zack works with private businesses and public agencies to negotiate and draft complex real estate and financial structures. Working frequently with state and local regulatory and permitting agencies, he represents clients before a variety of administrative bodies to enable clients to complete some of the regions most intriguing projects, including: development of a mixed-use project in San Franciscos Fillmore District featuring Yoshis Jazz Club and Restaurant and 80 condominiums; entitling a 14-story, 220-unit residential building in Jack London Square; and the creative vertical subdivision of the Oakland YWCA, rescuing the Y from bankruptcy and saving a Julia Morgan building. He is currently representing the Oakland As in negotiations with the City of Oakland and County of Alameda acquisition of the Coliseum for a large mixed use development. 

Zack has served as lead general counsel for the Alameda County Transportation Commission and its predecessors for over 30 years, assisting it with a wide variety of matters including funding, legislation, compliance with public laws, environmental and personnel issues, and reauthorizaation. 

In 2012, Zack was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). As General Counsel to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Zack played an integral role negotiating with BCDC on the Bay Plan Amendment to address rising sea levels. In addition, Zack serves as a member of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative, which coordinates regional policies of MTC, ABAG, BAAQMD and BCDC. 

He serves as the current Chair of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. For many years he has served as general counsel to the Chamber, as well as to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance and to several non-profit corporations and foundations engaged in technology transfer and scientific development. 

An active member of the East Bay community, Zack has donated hundreds of hours of his time to committees and programs designed to enhance the economic development of Oakland and surrounding communities. 

Bay Area Regional Collaborative

  • Chair, 2017 – present

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

  • Chair, 2012 – present

Oakland Chamber of Commerce

  • Board of Directors, chair, 2018 – present
  • General Counsel, 2003 – 2018
  • Board of Directors, 1994 – 2001
  • Leadership Oakland, chair, 1998 – present

East Bay Economic Development Alliance

  • General Counsel, Executive Committee, 1994 – present

Oakland Charter Review Committee

  • Chair, 2003

Bay Area Transportation Lawyers

  • Member, 1998 – present

Oakland Workforce Investment Board

  • Executive Committee, member, 2000 – 2007

Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence

  • General Counsel, 1995 – 2014
  • Chairman, 1995 – 1998

Port of Oakland

  • Board of Commissioners, 1987 – 1990

Alameda County Bar Association

State Bar of California

  • California State Bar Real Property Journal, Managing Editor, 1995
  • 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.
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2019
  • Oakland Jobs and Housing Coalition Legacy Award, 2019 
  • Frank C. Boerger Award, Bay Planning Coalition (BPC), May 16, 2014
  • Inaugural recipient of the “East Bay Vision Award,” East Bay Economic Development Alliance, January 2003
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Oakland Chamber of Commerce, 1998

Publications

Due Process Issues Related to Remote Public Hearings

Due Process Issues Related to Remote Public Hearings

05/01/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

On March 16, 2020, the Bay Area issued shelter-in-place (SIP) orders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, with the entire state of California quickly following suit on March…

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New Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Orders Permit All Construction to Resume

New Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Orders Permit All Construction to Resume

04/29/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

On April 29, 2020, seven Bay Area public health officers began to issue substantially-similar updated Shelter-in-Place orders (“April 29 SIP Orders”) which become effective at 11:59 p.m. on May 3,…

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Alameda County Health Officer Rebukes Oakland Over Interpretation of Alameda County’s Shelter-in-Place Order Regarding Residential

Alameda County Health Officer Rebukes Oakland Over Interpretation of Alameda County’s Shelter-in-Place Order Regarding Residential

04/15/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

On April 7, the City of Oakland Planning and Building Department released findings and determinations implementing the construction-related section 13(f)(v) of the County of Alameda’s March 31 shelter-in-place order No….

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04/09/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP Oakland’s Updated Rules for Construction During Alameda County’s Shelter in Place

Events

Jobs & Housing Coalition 2019 Legacy Event

Jobs & Housing Coalition 2019 Legacy Event

09/19/2019 | Jobs & Housing Coalition

Wendel Rosen is proud to sponsor the Jobs & Housing Coalition’s 2019 Legacy Event. The Legacy Event is Oakland’s biggest salute to trailblazing business and civic leaders. In 2019, the…

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25th Annual Decisionmakers Conference – The Maritime Bay: Its Economic Importance to the Northern California Economy

25th Annual Decisionmakers Conference – The Maritime Bay: Its Economic Importance to the Northern California Economy

04/26/2012 | Bay Planning Coalition

Wendel Rosen is a contributing sponsor of the 25th Annual Bay Planning Coalition’s Decisionmakers Conference, “The Maritime Bay: Its Economic Importance to the Northern California Economy,” to be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm, at Scott’s Seafood…

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News

Zack Wasserman Discusses the New Study Released on Sea-Level Rise in the Bay Area

Zack Wasserman Discusses the New Study Released on Sea-Level Rise in the Bay Area

04/03/2020 | San Francisco Chronicle

Wendel Rosen attorney R. Zachary Wasserman, who also chairs the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), speaks out on the newly released study on sea-level rise in the…

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Zack Wasserman Named “Real Estate Law Trailblazer”  by The National Law Journal

Zack Wasserman Named “Real Estate Law Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal

04/01/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, congratulates Land Use and Real Estate Partner R. Zachary Wasserman for his selection to…

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Zack Wasserman Discusses Impacts of Sea Level Rise

Zack Wasserman Discusses Impacts of Sea Level Rise

02/20/2020 | NBC Bay Area

Wendel attorney Zack Wasserman offers expert analysis in an NBC Bay Area piece on the threat that rising sea level poses to neighborhoods and major construction projects in the Bay…

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Date Category Publication Title
12/03/2019 In the News San Francisco Business Times  Zack Wasserman Comments on Oakland A’s Stadium Development
10/02/2019 Press Release Wendel Rosen  Wendel Rosen’s Zack Wasserman Honored with Jobs and Housing Coalition 2019 Legacy Event Award
More Articles
07/08/2019 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
06/01/2019 News Nob Hill Gazette  On the Waterfront
07/10/2018 Press Release Wendel Rosen LLP  Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
06/28/2018 Press Release   Wendel Rosen’s Zachary Wasserman Named Chair of Oakland Chamber of Commerce
03/10/2017 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Partner R. Zachary Wasserman Elected Chair of Bay Area Regional Collaborative

Education

Stanford University School of Law; J.D.

University of California, Santa Cruz; B.A. in Politics, with honors

Admissions

State Bar of California