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Wendel Rosen’s public agency practice members work with counties, municipalities, transportation agencies, regulatory agencies and various other public and quasi-public entities. Frequently serving as general or special counsel, the attorneys of this practice are experienced working with these types of clients, which often have unique needs based on their public accountability and procedural requirements.

With knowledge of public budget and funding issues, political sensitivities, and public reporting and recordkeeping procedures, the attorneys are able to navigate public projects through complex legal and bureaucratic processes.

Wendel Rosen represents several public entities in complex condemnation matters involving partial and full acquisitions for highway projects, redevelopment agencies, street widenings and other public projects.

Some specific areas undertaken by these attorneys include:

  • Redevelopment and real estate
  • Land use and development matters
  • CEQA and NEPA documentation and litigation
  • Eminent domain and condemnation
  • Taxation issues
  • General agency issues (Brown Act, FPPC, statutory authority)
  • Public works construction
  • Transportation funding and planning
  • Hazardous materials, compliance regulation and litigation
  • Employment law
  • Contracts, leases and licenses
  • Obtained significant settlement for governmental agency against manufacturer of defective roadway material.

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

  • 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.

  • Represented a Northern California county in numerous transactions disposing of surplus properties, including the sale of a 30-acre parcel to private developers for an auto mall, which included access easements and other documentation related to the sale.

  • Represented a California city in the subdivision of a city-owned garage and retail development in downtown. Following the subdivision, the city sold the retail portion of the development to a private party, while retaining the parking garage. Representation included advising the city of the subdivision process, overseeing the subdivision of the property and preparing covenants, conditions and restrictions for the property.

  • Instrumental in the approval of the exchange and sale of Port of Oakland public trust land to Oakland Harbor Partners, LLC. The $35 million development will support a mixed-use residential development of more than 3,000 units of market-rate and affordable rental and for-sale housing, 200,000 square feet of retail and commercial space and two new marinas. The transaction includes finding exchange parcels, conducting the necessary negotiations and the passage of precedent-setting legislation to facilitate the deal.

Events

2019 Legal Updates; to Cannabis SB 35

2019 Legal Updates; to Cannabis SB 35

02/23/2019 | American Planning Association California Chapter Northern

Join attorneys Robert Selna and Amara Morrison, on February 23, 2019 at the American Planning Association California Chapter Northern program “2019 Legal Updates; to Cannabis SB 35,” as they co-present…

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Annual Legal Update

Annual Legal Update

01/16/2019 | IRWA Bay Area Chapter 2

On January 16, 2019, Wendel Rosen attorneys Les Hausrath and Joshua Cohen will present at the IRWA (International Right of Way Association) Bay Area Chapter 2 event, which will be held…

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Focus on the Future

Focus on the Future

10/29/2017 | Self-Help Counties Coalition

Wendel Rosen is pleased to sponsor the 28th Annual Focus on the Future Conference hosted by the Self-Help Counties Coalition, which will be held on Sunday, October 29th – Tuesday,…

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Date Category Host Title
12/04/2016 Sponsorship Self-Help Counties Coalition Focus on the Future
07/28/2016 Webinar State Bar of California Smooth Sailing for Public Acquisitions in California: Navigating the Legal Process from Pre-Acquisition to Order for Possession
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11/17/2015 Seminar CLE-International Tell It To The Judge: Rules of Evidence For Appraisers and Right-of-Way Professionals in Eminent Domain Cases
10/22/2015 Seminar County Counsels Association of California Smooth Sailing for Public Acquisitions in California: Navigating the Legal Process from Resolution of Necessity to Order for Possession
05/14/2015 Sponsorship Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS) WTS 2015 Annual Scholarships and Awards Event
03/12/2015 Seminar Wendel Rosen Seminar 8 Billion – What Will It Do for Alameda County and the Region?
10/30/2014 Seminar Wendel Rosen Seminar The Next Decade of Transportation in the East Bay and Beyond
03/27/2014 Seminar League of California Cities Planning in an Adversarial Environment
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01/22/2014 Seminar League of California Cities Policy Role in Land Use Planning
02/15/2011 Seminar Client Seminar Eminent Domain: The Nuts & Bolts of Public Acquisitions

News

Wendel Rosen’s Amara Morrison Appointed to Bay Planning Coalition Board of Directors

Wendel Rosen’s Amara Morrison Appointed to Bay Planning Coalition Board of Directors

10/10/2019 | Wendel Rosen

Amara Morrison, a land use partner with Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and state, has been…

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Wendel Rosen’s Patricia Curtin and Amara Morrison Named Real Estate Forum “Women of Influence”

Wendel Rosen’s Patricia Curtin and Amara Morrison Named Real Estate Forum “Women of Influence”

07/09/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and state, congratulates Land Use Partners Patricia E. Curtin and Amara…

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