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.

Connected Experience

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.

Custom Solutions

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.

Representative Services

  • 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
  • Subdivisions
  • 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.

publications

What Are Landlords Thinking?

What Are Landlords Thinking?

07/18/2019 | National Retail Tenants Association

[This article was originally published in the National Retail Tenants Association publication “Tenants In-Common” in July 2019.] Ever wonder just what landlords are thinking? I know I have. Probably most…

More
The New California Department of Insurance Expedited Title Company Application Process: Fact or Fiction?

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…

More
Filling the Holes in a “Swiss Cheese Parcel” Correcting Flawed Metes & Bounds Descriptions

Filling the Holes in a “Swiss Cheese Parcel” Correcting Flawed Metes & Bounds Descriptions

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…

More
Date Category Publication Title
10/02/2017 Publication Western Real Estate Business The Swiss Cheese Property Conundrum: Correcting CA’s Flawed Metes and Bounds Description
07/29/2017 Publication Real Estate Litigation Practice When the Same Lender Has Both a Senior and Junior Deed of Trust_.
Load More
01/02/2017 Publication The Registry The Industry Speaks
12/22/2016 Publication Wendel Rosen Oakland Structures 2016 Survey Results
09/30/2016 Publication David Goldman California Imposes New Disabled Access Obligations on Commercial Property Owners
10/30/2015 Publication Mark S. Bostick How to Avoid Needlessly Exposing a Client’s Assets to Creditors in an Estate Plan or Trust
10/15/2015 Publication Oakland Business Review Hot Tips for a Tenant to Green its Space
06/29/2015 Publication Neal Parish and Todd Williams Inclusionary Housing Stays
Load More
08/13/2014 Publication San Francisco Daily Journal The Changes Ahead for Commercial Real Estate
04/01/2014 Publication Western Real Estate Business The Changing Face of Real Estate Law in the 21st Century
03/13/2014 Publication Globest.com Uninsured Risk or Conventional Wisdom

Events

CRE Legal Update

CRE Legal Update

09/10/2019 | CCIM Institute - Northern California

Join Wendel Rosen real estate attorneys Al Flor, Jr. and Daniel Myers who will present “CRE Legal Update,” on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. The presenters will discuss the emerging issues…

More
Demystifying the Home Buying Process for First Time Buyers

Demystifying the Home Buying Process for First Time Buyers

08/07/2019 | Wendel Rosen Client Seminar

Wendel Rosen’s Trusts and Estates attorney Jodi Phillips along with the East Bay Advisory Panel will present “Demystifying  the Home Buying Process for First Time Buyers,” on Wednesday, August 7,…

More
Date Category Host Title

News

Land Use Partner Robert Selna Comments on San Francisco Rezoning Settlement

Land Use Partner Robert Selna Comments on San Francisco Rezoning Settlement

10/02/2019 | San Francisco Chronicle

Partner Robert Selna spoke recently with the San Francisco Chronicle regarding a settlement between the City of San Francisco and four separate entities (a developer, condo owners and two neighborhood…

More
Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

08/19/2019 | Wendel Rosen

Partner Michael Dean Named “Best Lawyer” for 37th Consecutive Year Wendel Rosen LLP Partners Michael D. Cooper, Patricia E. Curtin, Michael A. Dean, Monica Dell’Osso, Matthew F. Graham, Tracy Green,…

More
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…

More
Date Category Publication Title
12/06/2017 News Marijuana Venture  Building a Retail Store, Part Two
11/20/2017 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Receives Five “Tier 1” on Best Lawyers 2018 Best Law Firms List
Load More
08/28/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Bay Area Cannabis Businesses, Expecting a Boom, Struggle to Lease Retail Space
08/15/2017 Press Release   Firm Lands 10 Attorneys in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
11/02/2016 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Scores Top Tier “Best Law Firms” Rankings Once Again
05/04/2016 Press Release   Firm Adds Three Attorneys and Broadens East Bay Land Use and Real Estate Footprint
11/11/2015 Press Release   Firm Named to Sixth Annual “Best Law Firms” List
10/29/2015 Press Release San Francisco Business Times  Patricia Curtin Honored as a Northern California Real Estate Woman of Influence
Load More
08/07/2015 Press Release   Firm Welcomes Robert Selna to its Land Use and Real Estate Practice Groups
07/01/2015 News   Gregg Ankenman in WREB and Shopping Center Business