Les A. HausrathAttorney

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

Les is quite simply one of the Bay Area’s go-to attorneys on eminent domain issues.  Cities, counties, special districts and other public entities, as well as private clients throughout the state, hire him to make sure their interests are actively and thoroughly represented in public acquisitions. He also represents clients in all manner of real estate and land use disputes. With all of this experience, it’s no wonder he’s called on to serve as a mediator and arbitrator in complex real property and public law disputes so frequently.

His practice takes him throughout California as he appears before zoning boards and public agencies on behalf of clients – both public and private, large and small.  He also advises on land use, zoning, boundary, easements, title matters, and Subdivision Map Act and CEQA issues for clients including restaurants, wineries, shopping centers, health clubs, large and small service and entertainment businesses, and individuals. Les also handles local sales and use tax disputes, conservation easements and historic preservation issues. He is also Chair of the firm’s Eminent Domain group.

Whether it’s handling a complex condemnation lawsuit, winning an approval of a new rollercoaster, or resolving a difficult easement or boundary issue, Les is the attorney of choice.


  • Obtained approval of new roller coaster for amusement park over significant neighbor opposition and following more than 20 public hearings

  • Resolved numerous eminent domain cases for a public entity on favorable terms involving complex acquisitions for grade separation projects affecting access, circulation and parking.

  • Received favorable court ruling in a case involving a city’s improper suspension of an issued building permit and enactment of an emergency ordinance to prevent construction of the client’s project

  • Negotiated acquisition of adjacent surplus land from neighboring public entity to allow clients to maintain and expand their yard and create buffer from incompatible uses

  • Obtained a $27 million verdict for a shopping center owner in an eminent domain case involving acquisition of a significant portion of the center’s parking for a transit station


Available Articles:

Other Articles:

  • "Boundary Easements and Neighboring Property Rights," California Easements and Boundaries: Law and Litigation, update co-author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2016
  • "Construction-Related Agreements," California Easements and Boundaries: Law and Litigation, update co-author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2016
  • "Utility Easements and Access Rights," California Easements and Boundaries: Law and Litigation, update author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2016
  • Condemnation Practice in California, contributing author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2016
  • "Timely Tips for Right of Way Professionals," co-author with Pamela Schock Mintzer, Bay Views, October 2014
  • "Top Ten Things Acquisition Professionals Should Know About CEQA," author, Bayviews, February 2005
  • "Valuation Issues in Acquiring Contaminated Property: What is the Impact of Remediation Costs?" author, Compensable Business Loss Review, Desmond, Marcello & Amster, Vol. 9, No. 1, May 1996
  • "Legal Update (Valuation Issues in Acquiring Contaminated Property)," author, Bayviews, August 1995
  • "In With a Roar, Out With a Meow: A Review of the Legislative and Other Developments in the California Environmental Quality Act in 1993," co-authored with Michael H. Zischke, California Real Property Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 1994
  • "Slip Sliding Away: An Analysis of Governmental Agency Liability in Landslide and Other Damage Actions Involving Natural Conditions of Public Land," author, California Real Property Journal, Vol. 10, No. 4, Summer 2, 1992
  • "Inverse Condemnation Claims Based on Failure to Stabilize Undeveloped Public Land," author, Public Law News, Winter 1991
  • "Liability on the Fault Line," author, The Recorder, December 1991



Regional Parks Foundation
  • Board of Directors, March 2016 to present

California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Member, Real Property Advisory Committee, 2016 to 2019

International Right-of-Way Association, SF Bay Area Chapter
  • Law & Ethics Committee, chair, 1998 - present
    • Board, Donna Dawkins Scholarship Fund, 2017- present

    Land Trust of Napa County
    • Projects Committee, member, 2010 - present
    • Protection Committee, member, 2012 - present, Chair, 2016 - present

    UC Berkeley Alumni Association
    • District Chair , The Leadership Award, TAAP and KASK Scholarship Program, 2018 to present

    West Oakland Commerce Association
    • Board of Directors, 2015 to present

    United States Tennis Association, Northern California Section
    • General Counsel, 2014 to present

    City of Oakland, Planning Commission
    • Member, 1996 - 2000
    • Chair, 1999 - 2000

    Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board
    • Member, 1991 - 1996
    • Chair, 1993 - 1996

    Oakland General Plan Congress
    • Member, 1993 - 1997, (appointed citizens’ committee to oversee revision of Oakland’s General Plan)

    Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
    • Planning and Construction Committee, member, 1994 - 2000
    • Land Use Committee (OLUC) member, 2013 - present; Co-chair, 2014 to present

    Rebuilding Together Oakland
    • Board Member, 2007 - 2013, 2014 to present
    • Chair, 2010 - 2012

    East Bay College Fund
    • Mentor for Oakland high school grads attending college, (UC Berkeley and Holy Names), 2017 to present

    State Bar of California
    • Real Property Law Section, Executive Committee, 1992 - 1996
    • Advisor, 1996 - 1998
    • Chair, 1995 - 1996
    • Vice chair, 1994 - 1995
    • Co-chair, Zoning and Land Use Subsection, 1990 - 1992

    Alameda County Bar Association
    • Member, 1973 - present

Featured Presentations:

  • “Smooth Sailing for Public Acquisitions in California: Navigating the Legal Process from Resolution of Necessity to Order for Possession,” Third Annual IRWA Spring Conference, April 23, 2015
  • “Annual Legal Update,” International Right of Way Association, Chapter 2, January 2005-2017
  • “Temporary Damages Caused By Takings,” CLE International 15th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, San Francisco, November 7, 2013
  • “CEQA Impacts On Development in Oakland,” Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Land Use Committee, panelist, February 2013
  • “Tell It To The Judge: Rules of Evidence for Right of Way Professionals and Appraisers,” Appraisal Institute and International Right of Way Association, October 2014
  • “Can I Really Say That? Rules of Evidence for Real Estate Appraisers,” Appraisal Institute, 2010 Annual Spring Litigation Conference
  • Kelo v. City of New London, Connecticut:  The End of the American Dream?” Real Estate Roundtable, December, 2005
  • “This Case Will Never Settle:  Strategies for Resolving Complex Public Acquisition Disputes Through Mediation,” International Right of Way Association, November 2005
  • CLE International, Eminent Domain Institute
    • “Highest and Best Use,” lecturer, December 2007
    • “Valuation for Future Use,” lecturer, December 2006
    • “Condemnation by Public Utilities and Telecommunications Providers,” lecturer, 2004
  • "Valuation Issues in Acquiring Contaminated Properties Through Condemnation," panelist, International Right of Way Association, Chapter 2, 1995
  • State Bar of California
    • Real Property Law Section education and annual meetings, lecturer and panel moderator on various topics, including impact fees, exactions, dedications, Subdivision Map Act, recent developments in land use, eminent domain, and telecommunications issues
  • County Counsels’ Association
    • “Public Regulation of the Development Process,” Land Use Study Section, panel moderator
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar
    • “Earth Movement and Flood Litigation,” lecturer and panel moderator
  • California League of Cities/Northern California County Counsels’ Group/Bay Area City Attorneys Association
    • “Earth Movement and Landslide Claims Against Public Entities,” lecturer, annual meeting and regional meetings



  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004, 2006, 2013- 2018
  • Sophie Yore Award, International Right of Way Association, Chapter 2, 2011 (awarded for significant continuing contribution to right-of-way profession)
  • 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.

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