Thiele Robin DunawayAttorney

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

As a member of Wendel, Rosen’s land use and litigation practice groups, Robin handles state and federal civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on matters that relate to land use, natural resources, climate change, business disputes, and appellate advocacy.   Robin has had extensive experience working on a broad range of issues, including disputes concerning land use permitting, public agency contracts, and the Brown Act “open meetings” law, as well as complex business matters involving real property, contracts, business tort claims and bankruptcy issues. 

Her land use litigation and compliance work has included cases  involving the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the Subdivision Map Act, Section 404 permitting under the Clean Water Act, the public trust doctrine, the Endangered Species Act (including Section 7 consultations), and the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). She also has significant experience litigating disputes involving commercial loan documents, deeds of trust, title to real property (including state claims to historic tidelands), various business contracts, as well as trust and probate instruments.  A particular focus of her practice is on appellate work in state and federal courts.


Representative Cases

  • Represented client in application for water quality certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

  • Represented client in working with Army Corps of Engineers to establish a wetlands mitigation bank, including preparing requisite agreements

  • Represented public and private sector clients regarding compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act open meeting law

  • Represented public agencies in defending claims subject to the Government Claims Act and prosecuting claims for breach of contract

  • Represented wholesaler in claim for breach of requirements contract, including the enforceability of a liquidated damages provision

  • Represented beneficiary with respect to trust claims, including issues of undue influence and applicability of a no-contest clause

  • Represented landowner in CEQA action challenging the county’s approval of Specific Plan amendments, the environmental impact report and development agreement for a large commercial and residential project on neighboring property

  • Represented real party in interest and worked with city to defend city’s reliance on CEQA exemptions in approving a mixed-use, transit oriented infill development project

  • Represented developer and worked with city in the preparation and approval of a joint EIS/EIR for a large residential and commercial development project on real property transferred pursuant to the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Act

  • Represented real property owners in secured transactions and foreclosure disputes

  • Represented client in dispute involving the State’s claim that real property was subject to the public trust


Representative Appellate Decisions

  • Sandy v. Superior Court (1988) 201 Cal.App.3d 1277, which concerned interpretation of a statute establishing a ten-year statute of limitations for latent construction defects.

  • State Water Resources Control Board v. Office of Administrative Law (1993)12 Cal.App.4th 697, which involved the issue of whether certain regulations had been adopted in compliance with California’s Administrative Procedures Act.

  • Greenwich S.F., LLC v. Wong (2010) 190 Cal.App.4th 739, which involved the issue of whether lost profits were properly awarded to the buyer after a seller breached a real property sales agreement.


Available Articles:


State Bar of California

Alameda County Bar Association

American Water Resources Association

  • Wendel Rosen's Environmental Practice Group selected as one of top three in the San Francisco Bay Area in The Recorder's "6th Annual 'The Best'" survey, 2012