Wendel Rosen Attorney Marc Brainich Promoted to Partner

Dec 15, 2020

Wendel Rosen LLP, an award-winning law firm in the East Bay, announced that Marc Brainich has been elevated to partner, effective January 1, 2021.

“Joining the firm in 2019, Marc has quickly shown his commitment to provide clients exceptional work. He is a talented, savvy attorney with a track record of success,” said Managing Partner Daniel Rapaport.

Brainich is part of the litigation practice group, representing clients in liability and real estate litigation matters. He, and the Wendel team, serve as general liability counsel to The Regents of the University of California.

He has more than 20 years of experience offering first-class, day-to-day representation to clients in a variety of industry segments, including a period of time serving in the Marin County District Attorney’s office.

Additionally, Brainich volunteers at a mock trial program at a high school in San Francisco and remains committed to serving and mentoring the next generation of attorneys.

He is a member of the California Bar Association and Bar Association of San Francisco, and is licensed through the State Bar of California. Brainich holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law.


Partner William Acevedo Elected as U.S. Vice-President of the Legal Netlink Alliance

Dec 15, 2020

William Acevedo, a partner in Wendel Rosen’s Business Practice Group, has been elected to serve as the United States Vice-President of the Legal Netlink Alliance (LNA) beginning in January 2021.  Following a three-year term, Bill will elevate to the position of U.S. President of LNA.

LNA is a global alliance of carefully selected, midsized, general practice, independent law firms. The network’s membership consists of approximately 1,700 attorneys from 100 firms located throughout the United States and internationally.

“We are incredibly proud of Bill and his commitment to serving as part of LNA’s leadership team, and that his legal peers have elevated him to the position of Vice President.  It is quite an honor for Bill, personally, as well as for the firm,” said Daniel Rapaport, Managing Partner of Wendel Rosen LLP. “Our clients repeatedly turn to us to provide full-service solutions for their legal needs, and our membership in LNA allows us to extend our reach throughout the world. We are pleased to offer the exceptional service to our California clients’ needs through our LNA partners, whether they need representation in Atlanta, London or Tokyo.  Joining LNA was one of the best decisions that we have made, not only for our clients, but also our firm.”


Wendel Rosen Welcomes Attorney Francesca Kuhner Boyd

Dec 01, 2020

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the country, announced that Francesca K. Boyd has joined the firm as a Partner effective December 1.

“Francesca’s diverse experience in real estate, tax and business serve to complement her expertise in trust and probate administration,” said Managing Partner Daniel Rapaport. “Her unique skill set will be an asset to Wendel, and we are looking forward to her contributions.”

Daughter of esteemed San Francisco Bay Area attorney David Kuhner, Boyd has a legacy of legal service in the region. In addition to serving as Senior Project Manager in the family-owned real estate development business, she has also held positions as partner at Botto Law Group LLP and as an associate at Arthur Andersen LLP.

Boyd will join the Tax and Trusts and Estates practice groups, representing clients in all areas of estate planning, estate administrative law, land development, wealth management and wealth transfer planning. In her role at Wendel, she will continue to provide legal services on business succession, charitable transfer and tax compliance.

She is a member of the California Bar Association and California Lawyer’s Association Trust and Estates section. Boyd holds a B.A. in political science from the University of St. Thomas and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Award-Winning Eminent Domain Attorney Joins Wendel Rosen

Nov 11, 2020

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the country, announced that Robin Thornton joined the firm as Partner on November 9.

“Robin is one of the leading eminent domain and public agency attorneys in the region,” said Wendel Rosen’s Managing Partner, Daniel Rapaport. “She is highly respected and joins the firm with a vast portfolio of experience in condemnation.”

Thornton has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for seven consecutive years. She is best known for her representation in the Richmond Refinery case, the second longest assessment appeal in California. Additionally, she has worked on mediations, arbitrations, court and jury trials in Solano and Contra Costa Counties. Notable public projects include the North Connector in Solano County, Caltrans Truck Scale project in Cordelia and the State Route 4 Bypass in Brentwood and Oakley.

“I enjoy eminent domain law because it is tangible and you can see the effects everywhere, from roadways built to projects preserved,” Thornton said. “Most public projects are affected by eminent domain and the desire to acquire property for public use. My ultimate goal is to see that the process is fair — that the property owner is justly compensated and that the entity isn’t paying more than a just price for the land.”

In the time of COVID-19, Thornton anticipates a shift in projects. “During a period of recession, there is usually a focus on infrastructure improvement and putting people to work,” Thornton said. “However, those projects may look different now. People are working from home, and there has been an exodus to the suburbs. We may see an increased need for utility development to bring high-speed internet to residential areas or roadway improvement projects in outlying cities. Additionally, we’re monitoring the effects of the pandemic on market value calculations.”

Thornton will join Wendel Rosen’s Eminent Domain practice group, working alongside influential attorneys in Land Use, Public Agency, Litigation and Transportation Agencies. The team will continue work in San Francisco, East Bay and Silicon Valley, including regions that feed into San Jose.

Wendel Rosen’s seasoned Eminent Domain practice group has litigated numerous complex condemnation actions on behalf of both public and private entities and private landowners. Firm attorneys have tried cases involving commercial and residential property, regional shopping centers, agricultural land and underground pipelines.

The team has represented a large Bay Area city acquiring property interests in a series of matters involving complex project and environmental challenges, nuanced valuation issues and short funding deadlines. We have counseled multinational corporations and landowners in successful negotiations with condemning agencies, worked to secure 75 parcels of land for a project on a six-month timeline, and defeated a lawsuit to stop funding for a major public transportation project in the South Bay.

We believe in a proactive approach, counseling clients prior to litigation about relocation and notice issues, adequacy of appraisals, prelitigation access, sufficiency of project-related environmental review and similar issues. Wendel attorneys work extensively with right-of-way professionals, appraisers and other experts to ensure the best outcome for all parties involved.

“It’s all about balance,” Thornton said. “The ability to take private property is a huge power. However, it is the reason we are able to operate as a modern society with a network of roads and public facilities.”


Wendel Rosen Scores Six “Tier 1” Rankings on Best Law Firms List

Nov 05, 2020

Wendel Rosen LLP, one of the largest and most widely-recognized law firms in the East Bay, has been named to the 2021 Best Law Firms list published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

Construction; Eminent Domain and Condemnation; Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Real Estate; and Trusts & Estates law practices earned Tier 1 rankings. The firm also received a “Metropolitan Tier 2” ranking for its work in Corporate Law; Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Trusts & Estates. Additionally, they received a “Metropolitan Tier 3” ranking for Litigation – Construction.

“It’s an honor to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Ginger Wilson, COO of Wendel Rosen LLP. “The firm continues to deliver excellent client results, which is a direct reflection of our attorneys’ hard work, dedication and insight.”

Firms included in the 2021 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

To be eligible for the award, at least one lawyer must be recognized in Best Lawyers in America for the same year. This year, the firm had 13 attorneys named to the peer-selected award.

For more information on the award, please visit www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com.


Wendel Rosen Opens Office in Contra Costa County

Oct 05, 2020

Wendel Rosen LLP, one of the largest and most widely-recognized law firms in the East Bay, announces the opening of its new office in Contra Costa County. The location will further leverage the firm’s Oakland-based law practice by providing a space to serve Walnut Creek and the Tri-Valley area.

“Wendel Rosen has a rich history in Contra Costa County,” said Wendel’s Managing Partner Dan Rapaport. “Opening a physical office in Walnut Creek is a continuation of the growth that we have been seeing in this region for some time, and it’s a reflection of our commitment to strengthen our business and community relationships on the east side of the tunnel.”

Rapaport added that Wendel Rosen sees the economic downturn and uncertainty during COVID-19 as an important time to invest in the future, which the firm is able to do because of its stable client base and deep bench strength of attorneys.

During its 110-year history, Wendel Rosen has been a staple in Contra Costa County. A number of Wendel attorneys live in the area and have held influential roles, such as serving as members of the Walnut Creek Planning Commission, City Attorney for Walnut Creek and numerous other civic, public service and nonprofit positions.

Wendel Rosen’s numerous clients and key projects in the Tri-Valley and Walnut Creek include the Bishop Ranch project in San Ramon, 1940 North Main, a mixed-use development near the Walnut Creek Bart Station, and a logistics center in Oakley.

Ginger Wilson, COO at Wendel Rosen, resides in Walnut Creek and said she’s excited to help Wendel expand its footprint in this fast-growing region. “Although we anticipate some degree of virtual client meetings and working remotely to continue after the pandemic, we believe it’s important to be accessible to our clients however they wish to connect — and opening our new Walnut Creek office helps accomplish this, especially for our Contra Costa County and Tri-Valley client base.”

The Walnut Creek office, located at 1280 Civic Drive, Suite 210, is the third location of Wendel Rosen, with the firm’s headquarters in Oakland accompanied by an office in Modesto. The law firm serves clients throughout the state, nation and internationally.


Seasoned Trial Attorney Richard Sipos Joins Wendel Rosen LLP

Oct 01, 2020

Today, Richard Sipos, Esq. joins Wendel Rosen LLP as a partner, serving in the Litigation Practice Group.

Sipos brings 34 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional real estate and business with a practice focusing on leasing, sales, disability access and hazardous materials contamination. Sipos has successfully tried jury and bench construction cases involving hotels, schools and prisons, as well as business cases including legal malpractice, securities fraud and partnership disputes.

“Richard is a very accomplished trial attorney with a remarkable record of winning every bench and jury trial he ever handled,” said Wendel’s Managing Partner Dan Rapaport. “He has long-standing relationships with attorneys here at Wendel Rosen, and it is a privilege to have him as a partner.”

Additionally, Sipos served 20+ years as a director and chairman of the board for an industrial developer and short-line railroad. He now serves on the board of a breakthrough medical therapeutics organization. Sipos is a member of the Ninth Circuit and various U.S. District Courts, as well as the State Bar of California and Contra Costa County Bar Association. He has been named in the Super Lawyers list every year since 2011 and holds numerous designations and honors.

Sipos received his BA from UCLA in 1983, his JD from Santa Clara University in 1986 and completed advanced studies in Comparative Law at Magdalen College in Oxford.


Wendel Rosen Attorneys Recognized as The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

Aug 25, 2020

Wendel Rosen LLP is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the printed edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2021. Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review through evaluation and review surveys. The prestigious award recognizes top legal talent nationwide across all practice areas.

The attorneys recognized as The Best Lawyers in America represent a variety of practice areas including land use zoning law, real estate law, trusts and estates litigation, construction law, bankruptcy, real estate litigation, eminent domain and condemnation law and corporate law. Partner, Michael A. Dean, is included for the 38th consecutive year, having appeared on the list annually since the first edition in 1983.

The Best Lawyer in America honorees are:

  • Patricia E. Curtin (2007) – Land Use Zoning Law
  • Michael A. Dean (1983) – Real Estate Law
  • Monica Dell’Osso (2006) – Litigation – Trusts and Estates / Trusts and Estates
  • Matthew F. Graham (2016) – Construction Law/ Litigation – Construction
  • Tracy Green (2018) – Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Charles A. Hansen (2011)– Litigation – Real Estate
  • Les A. Hausrath (2018) – Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Howard W. Lind (2016)– Real Estate Law
  • Virgina Palmer (2020) – Trusts and Estates
  • Richard P. Waxman (2016) – Corporate Law
  • Todd A. Williams (2018) – Land Use and Zoning Law

Additionally, Howard W. Lind and Virginia Palmer were both recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2021 Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Oakland. This recognition is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region.

For more information about the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, visit www.bestlawyers.com or see this press release.


Wendel Rosen Attorney Katherine Kao Promoted to Partner

Jul 15, 2020

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the county, announced that Katherine Kao has been elevated to partner.

“Katherine’s dedication, hard work and professional growth made this well-deserved promotion an easy decision,” said Managing Partner Daniel Rapaport. “She is a tremendous asset to the firm, and our clients are lucky to have her working on their matters.”

Kao is part of the litigation and real estate litigation practice groups, representing individual and business clients in a wide range of civil litigation matters, including trade secret misappropriation, First Amendment issues, employment disputes and probate matters.

She is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association and licensed through the State Bar of California. Kao holds a BA in political science and rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley and a JD from University of California, Hastings College of Law.

As an industry thought leader, Kao speaks and teaches at leadership and client events. In 2019, she was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers’ Rising Star List.


Wendel Rosen Attorneys Selected to 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

Jul 13, 2020

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the county, announced that 19 attorneys have been named to the 2020 edition of the Northern California Super Lawyers, including one attorney to the Northern California Rising Stars list.

Northern California Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service and publication, selects outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas through a rigorous, multifaceted nomination process that comprises a statewide survey of lawyers, detailed peer review and extensive research of each candidate. Approximately 5% of the Northern California Bar receives the distinction.

Approximately 29% of the firm’s attorneys were named Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. Practice areas include bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights, bankruptcy: business, construction litigation, environmental, estate planning & probate, land use/zoning and real estate.

The following are Wendel Rosen’s 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers:

  • Elizabeth Berke-Dreyfuss* – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Mark S. Bostick* – Bankruptcy: Business
  • Carl D. Ciochon* – Real Estate
  • Patricia E. Curtin* – Land Use/Zoning
  • Michael A. Dean** – Real Estate
  • Monica Dell’Osso** – Estate Planning & Probate
  • Tracy Green* – Bankruptcy: Business
  • Charles A. Hansen** – Real Estate
  • Les A. Hausrath* – Real Estate
  • Jeffery B. Levi* – Estate Planning & Probate
  • Steven M. Morger* – Real Estate
  • Christine K. Noma* – Environmental
  • Virginia Palmer** – Estate Planning & Probate
  • Jonathan W. Redding* – Environmental
  • Judith Y. Tang* – Estate Planning & Probate
  • Quinlan S. Tom – Construction Litigation
  • R. Zachary Wasserman* – Land Use/Zoning
  • Todd A. Williams* – Land Use/Zoning

*Indicates a Super Lawyer honored for five or more years.
**Indicates a Super Lawyer honored every year since the inaugural list in 2004.

Bart Flood, Estate Planning & Probate attorney, was named 2020 Rising Star. The list recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 or fewer years. Fewer than 2% of the Northern California Bar receive this distinction.

The team at Wendel Rosen congratulates all 19 attorneys selected to this prestigious recognition.