We Know Oakland


We know Oakland.

Since 1909, the attorneys of Wendel Rosen have been helping the developers, property owners, designers, architects and investors who have shaped our community. From major infrastructure projects, such as freeways and port facilities, to infill residential and mixed-use projects, we've been there. Our seasoned land use, real estate, environmental and construction attorneys are well-positioned to put your project on the right track from the start. We know the players, the process and the paths that lead to results. 


Creative solutions are our strength. 

Some projects are more straightforward than others. We've helped developers identify and create special financing arrangements that solve unique project obstacles. We've negotiated deal structures that satisfy public, community and private stakeholder concerns. We've handled complicated financing, acquisition and leasing matters throughout the city. We've even crafted legislation to facilitate the creation of projects. Because we handle transactional, administrative and litigation matters, we can offer strategies to help streamline project planning and speed completion. When a project encounters legal challenges, our attorneys can lead you through the negotiation, mediation, trial or appeal process with a clear roadmap to achieving your goals. At the core, we think practical advice is as important as legal acumen.


More than the obvious.

Sure, we have experienced land use and real estate lawyers. We also have a full supporting cast of attorneys and staff from related practices who can offer assistance to projects with special needs. For example, many Oakland properties sit on former industrial land that requires special remediation before it can be converted for new uses. Our business attorneys help form the legal entities that investors use to manage project risk and exposure, from simple partnerships to LLC's and complex multi-party joint ventures. Our environmental attorneys regularly advise clients on important due diligence related to the purchase or transfer of property, as well as the legal and regulatory issues associated with property cleanup. Our insolvency, restructuring and bankruptcy attorneys offer guidance for troubled projects, as well as to creditors and acquirers of properties in financial distress. Our trust and estates attorneys can provide advice in succession planning and asset strategy. And with our deep experience in public agency work, including special districts such as Geologic Hazards Abatement Districts (GHAD's), we've got an unique perspective on solutions to public and regulatory challenges. Clients appreciate the efficiencies offered by a team of experienced attorneys working collaboratively under one roof. 

When you need experienced legal counsel, explore what Wendel Rosen can do for you.