C. Gregg AnkenmanAttorney

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP 1111 Broadway, 24th FloorOakland, CA 94607
Alter Ego

Real estate is in Gregg's DNA; he was raised by a real estate broker and investor and grew up watching property deals come together.  He earned his own real estate license at age 18.  Gregg brings real world expertise to the practice of law.

Gregg has extensive experience in real estate and business transactional work, including commercial real estate leases, sales, exchanges, and financing.  He has handled hundreds of commercial lease transactions for retail, office, industrial, agricultural, and telecommunications sites.  Gregg also advises developers, landlords and property owners with matters such as sales, acquisitions, development, property management, and financing.  He has counseled jewelry store chains, restaurants, fitness club operators and manufacturing companies in numerous real estate asset and business acquisitions.

Gregg also brings substantial management and leadership experience to his clients.  As general counsel of the National Retail Tenants Association and recipient of its Founders Service Award, he has a deep understanding of the issues facing the retail industry.

He has long been a prolific legal writer, authoring chapters on retail leasing, office leasing, real estate finance practices and real property sales transactions volumes for California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB).  He served as Chief Consultant on CEB's Retail Leasing: Drafting and Negotiating the Lease.

In his off hours, Gregg acts as a “roadie” for his musician son Dan and works with Baragwanath Blessings Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children around the world that was founded by his daughter Colette. Baragwanath Blessings Inc. supplies newborns in Africa, Latin America and Asia with baby hats and receiving blankets and operates vitamin/nutrition programs and medical clinics in Guatemala. 

  • Assist retailers in acquisitions of stores and chains from other retailers.

  • Developed and directed implementation of systems for efficiently handling a large portfolio of lease transactions for fast-growth retailers

  • Negotiate leases for high-end U.S. retail mail and street front locations for a large London, England-based apparel retailer.

  • Handle complex real estate acquisitions and lease transactions for regional industrial/office developer.

  • Represent regional banks in loan enforcement, foreclosures, workouts and disposition of REO


Available Articles:


National Retail Tenants Association
  • General Counsel, 1998 to present
  • Board of Governors, 2011 to present
  • Ethics Committee; chair, 2002 to 2007
  • Curriculum Committee, Annual Conference; member, 2005 to present

International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, 1995 to present

State Bar of California
  • Real Property Section; member, 1988 to present

Alameda County Bar Association
  • Real Property Section; member, 1988 to present; board of directors, 1995 to 2000
  • Legislation Committee and Delegation to California State Bar Conference of Delegates, 1988 to 1998; chair, 1992 to 1994

California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • CEB Real Property Advisory Committee, 2012—2015


Featured Presentations:

  • “Trends and Issues in Office Leasing” and “Site Plan Workshop – Site Selection and Development in Retail Leases,” presenter, National Retail Tenants Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida; September 22-25, 2013
  • “Developments in Real Estate Law,” presenter, National Retail Tenants Association In-House Counsel Forum, Oakland, California; November 16, 2011
  • “Green Lease Revolution Symposium,” panelist, Corporate Realty Design & Management Institute , Sunnyvale, California; May 11, 2011
  • “Ever Greener:  Sustainability Regulations, Trends and Issues,” panelist, International Council of Shopping Centers,  U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Hollywood, Florida; November 5, 2010
  • “Issues in Lease Acquisitions” and “Green Construction and Operations,” panelist, National Retail Tenants Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, California; September 26-29, 2010
  • “Green Leasing” and “Negotiating Key Retail Lease Issues,” panelist, National Retail Tenants Association Annual Conference, Palm Desert, California; September 13-16, 2009
  • “Issues in Lease Acquisition” and “Green Leases,” panelist, National Retail Tenants Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida; September 14-17, 2008
  • “Legal Ethics,” “Catastrophic Events” and “Issues in Lease Acquisitions,” presenter, National Retail Tenants Association Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona; September 16-19, 2007



  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Humanitarian Service Award 2014
  • National Retail Tenants Association, Founder's Service Award 2005

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