The Wendel Rosen real estate practice covers real estate matters from every angle, for corporate, public entity, business and individual clients. Our comprehensive view of the industry provides unique insight for landlords and tenants, retailers, developers and lenders, contractors and architects, brokers and owners.
We have significant experience in all aspects of real estate transactions and litigation, and frequently speak, write and teach on the latest developments. Our cross-disciplinary practice provides a wealth of legal acumen for a broad range of property types and issues. Wendel clients benefit from our network of contacts throughout the industry.
With Wendel Rosen, you get a custom-fit combination of attorneys, experience and resources to meet your needs. Working with our other practices, such as business, land use, construction, bankruptcy, trusts and estates and environmental groups, we design tailored responses to the most complex real estate matters.
- Leasing (commercial, office, industrial and retail)
- Ground leases
- Acquisitions and sales
- Financing and deal structuring
- Security instruments
- Escrow & title matters
- Boundary and easement matters
- Brokerage agreements
- Land use, permitting & entitlements
- Rezoning & reuse
- Litigation & disputes
- Covenants, conditions & restrictions (CC&Rs)
- Homeowners association matters
- Disabled Access Counseling
- Eminent domain
- Insurance coverage
Assist retailers in acquisitions of stores and chains from other retailers.
Developed and directed implementation of systems for efficiently handling a large portfolio of lease transactions for fast-growth retailers
Negotiate leases for high-end U.S. retail mail and street front locations for a large London, England-based apparel retailer.
Handle complex real estate acquisitions and lease transactions for regional industrial/office developer.
Represent regional banks in loan enforcement, foreclosures, workouts and disposition of REO
Engaged as an expert consultant and witness in a case involving a multi-million dollar transaction challenged by the IRS as a “bogus optional basis tax shelter in which the partnership had allegedly used an Internal Revenue Code Section 754 election to inappropriately increase the basis of its property”. The case was resolved in the client’s favor.
Represented developer in negotiating complex construction, loan, intercreditor and lease agreements for acquisition, financing, construction and leasing of the $72 million mixed-use center, which included a jazz museum, condominiums, restaurants and parking.
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.
For national home improvement chain, represented client on leases for new locations and assisted the company in renegotiating leases during bankruptcy proceedings.
Represented national food manufacturing company in office and industrial lease transactions across the country, as well as in the sale of industrial, warehouse and manufacturing facilities. Some purchasers continue to use facilities for existing uses while others redeveloped the properties for residential, commercial/retail and industrial projects.
Represented a wide spectrum of retailers in leasing transactions in shopping centers, power centers, strip malls and stand-alone locations in California.
Represented world’s largest privately owned health and fitness center chain in lease transactions throughout California.
Represented regional hardware and garden company in leases for new locations and assisted the company in renegotiating leases during bankruptcy proceedings.
Represented national pet food and food manufacturing company in office and industrial lease transactions across the country. Also represented company in the sale of industrial, warehouse and manufacturing facilities – some purchasers continued to use facilities for existing uses while others redeveloped the properties for residential, commercial/retail and industrial projects.
Represented regional water company in evaluation, entitlement/disposition strategy and negotiation for sale of surplus properties throughout the Bay Area, including the sale of surplus properties in Pleasanton for over $100 million and surplus properties in South San Francisco for over $21 million.
Represented developer in negotiating complex construction, loan, intercreditor and lease agreements for acquisition, financing, construction and leasing of the $72 million mixed-use Fillmore Heritage Center (Center included jazz museum, condominiums, restaurants and parking).
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.
Represented craft brewer in negotiating lease for 90,000 square foot building containing a brewery, restaurant and offices.
The New California Department of Insurance Expedited Title Company Application Process: Fact or Fiction?
04/17/2018 | Client Update
Obtaining a California underwritten title company license is generally a lengthy process. Once the application is filed with the California Department of Insurance (CDI), it can take a minimum of…Full Article
03/07/2018 | California Land Title Association Claims Awareness Committee
[Originally published in the March, 2018 issue of California Land Title Association's Claims Awareness Committee.] Most real estate parcels in California’s urban areas were carved out of large tracts of what…Full Article
12/09/2019 | Oakland / Berkeley Association of Realtors
Join attorney Mark Epstein who will present, “Recovering Possession of Abandoned Leased Premises,” on December 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM. Topics Include: Terminating a tenant’s right of possession of the…Full Article
04/01/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP
Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, congratulates Land Use and Real Estate Partner R. Zachary Wasserman for his selection to…Full Article
02/20/2020 | NBC Bay Area
Wendel attorney Zack Wasserman offers expert analysis in an NBC Bay Area piece on the threat that rising sea level poses to neighborhoods and major construction projects in the Bay…Full Article
01/03/2020 | The Registry
In his byline article for The Registry, Partner Steve Morger discusses the recent California Supreme Court decision in Black Sky Capital LLC v. Cobb, which upended decades of lending practices…Full Article