Pamela Schock MintzerAttorney

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

Pamela Schock Mintzer is Of Counsel at Wendel Rosen. She helps public agencies deliver projects that benefit their communities.  She works tirelessly on behalf of her clients to overcome the countless challenges inherent in any public project, and assists property owners, communities, and projects to resolve the issues that occur at the intersections between funding, design, acquisition, and construction. 

She is general counsel to a number of local transportation agencies and joint powers authorities and represents public agencies in matters involving project planning, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and public agency law. She has extensive experience in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels.  Her efforts, from a project’s early stages through trial and beyond, allow public agencies to deliver public projects on time and on budget.


  • Simultaneously led three separate project teams to obtain, in under six months, necessary property interests from over 75 parcels of land prior to state deadlines, which secured more than $225 million in funds for the projects

  • Trial counsel for the acquisition of land for a major highway project with a jury verdict below the agency's final settlement offer

  • Represents large bay area city acquiring property interests in series of matters involving complex project and environmental challenges, nuanced valuation issues, and short funding deadlines

  • Counsels multinational corporations and landowners in successful negotiations with condemning agencies

  • Defeated within thirty days a lawsuit against the public agencies involved in a major public transportation project to the south bay, which sought to stop the project’s funding, saving the agencies considerable litigation costs and allowing the project to secure funding and begin construction.


Available Articles:

  • "Say it Ain't So, Joe: California Law Requires Its Sports Heroes' Signatures to be Authentic," Mealey's Litigation Report for Intellectual Property, Vol. 5, Issue 21, August 4, 1997; Beverly Hills Bar Association Journal, Vol. 32, No.1, Summer/Fall, 1997; Southern California Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, June 1998
  • "Restate Craft," San Francisco Daily Journal, Vol. 104, No. 44, March 6, 1998; Los Angeles Daily Journal,Vol. 111, No 44, March 6, 1998.



East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo)
  • Board of Trustees, September 2013 to present
  • Chair, Planning Committee, January 2015 to present

Hastings Leadership Academy for Women
  • Member, 2012 to present

WTS International
  • Member, 2009 to present

Neighborhood Law Corps Foundation
  • Board of Directors, 2003 to 2007

International Right of Way Association, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
  • Member, 2002 to present

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, 1999 to present
  • Leadership Oakland 2000, Member

American Inns of Court
  • Member, 1992 to present

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • GenRep Board 2000 to 2002; chair, 2000 to 2001
  • Fall Fundraiser Committee; member, 1998; event chair, 1999

American Bar Association
  • Member, 1994 to present

State Bar of California
  • Member, 1994 to present

Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member, 1994 to 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, 2008 - 2016
  • "Arbitration and Disclosure," The Appraisal Institute Spring Conference, May 2012
  • "Damages from Loss of Commercial Parking," Appraisal Institute Litigation Conference, May 2008
  • "Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation And Community Redevelopment In California," Lorman Education Services, February 2006
  • "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
  • "Drafting Condemnation Clauses in Leases," Panda Restaurant Group, July 2005
  • "Recent Developments in Eminent Domain Valuation Law," Appraisal Institute of America, June 2003
  • "Legal Issues in Condemnation Appraisal Practice," Appraisal Institute of America, June 2002
  • Legal Writing, Golden Gate University School of Law, adjunct professor, 1999 - 2000
  • Legal Writing & Contracts, teaching assistant, J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University


  • "Forever Influential Women in Business," San Francisco Business Times, 2016
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2016-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-2017
  • California's "Top 50 Development, Land Use and Municipal Infrastructure Lawyers," Daily Journal, August 2014
  • Included in the Law 360 "Female Powerbroker Series," February 2014
  • "Most Influential Women in Business," San Francisco Business Times, 2013