R. Zachary WassermanAttorney

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP 1111 BroadwayOakland, CA 94607


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 region’s most intriguing projects, including: development of a mixed-use project in San Francisco’s Fillmore District featuring Yoshi’s 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 A’s in negotiations with the City of Oakland regarding a new ball park.   

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 chair 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.



Available Articles:

  • "Landowner, Developer Must Forge Partnership That is a Marriage," East Bay Business Times, June 13, 2008
  • "Clients Receive Top Honors," The Wendel Report, Fall 2006
  • Land Use Law Update Roundtable, participant, California Lawyer, July 2003


Bay Area Regional Collaborative
  • Chair, 2017 to present

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)
  • Chair, 2012 to present

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

East Bay Economic Development Alliance
  • General Counsel, Executive Committee, 1994 to present

Oakland Charter Review Committee
  • Chair, 2003

Bay Area Transportation Lawyers
  • Member, 1998 to present

Oakland Workforce Investment Board
  • Executive Committee, member, 2000 to 2007

Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence
  • General Counsel, 1995 to 2014
  • Chairman, 1995 to 1998

Port of Oakland
  • Board of Commissioners, 1987 to 1990

Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member

State Bar of California
  • California State Bar Real Property Journal, Managing Editor, 1995


  • "Bay Plan Amendment Addressing Climate Change and Rising Sea levels," workshop panel member, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, May 19, 2011


Featured Presentations:



  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell*
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2018
  • 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



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