Daily Journal Highlights Wendel Rosen’s Community Outreach

May 13, 2022

Daily Journal published an article on April 29, 2022 highlighting community outreach through our Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (CSRR).

In this article, Gregg Ankenman, committee chair and Wendel Rosen partner, speaks to how the committee was formed and what projects are currently being worked on. This includes the partnership with Operation Dignity and the largest green roof project in Cupertino that is breaking ground in 2022.

To read the full article, visit Daily Journal.


Wendel Rosen Relocates Walnut Creek Office to Larger Centrally-Located Space

Apr 06, 2022

Wendel Rosen LLP, one of the largest and most widely-recognized law firms in the East Bay, is pleased to announce the firm has relocated its Walnut Creek Office to a Class A building that provides more space for growth – doubling the size of its previous Walnut Creek location – and boasts modern amenities to serve our firm’s Contra Costa County clients. The new office opened March 1, 2022.

“Preparing for growth in Walnut Creek during the height of the pandemic was a move others may have seen as risky, with many firms needing to scale back during a time of uncertainty,” said Wendel Rosen’s Managing Partner Dan Rapaport. “But the convenience to our Contra Costa clients was so appreciated that it justified a new facility with improved amenities.”

The strategic move comes less than two years after the firm formally established a Walnut Creek presence in October 2020, a choice that was well-received by clients and attorneys. The new office is conveniently situated on the third floor at 1850 Mt. Diablo Street, with easy street parking and walkability to the Walnut Creek BART station, making it highly accessible for clients wishing to meet with attorneys in-person. For those who would prefer virtual meetings, the modernized conference rooms in the new office offer built-in videoconferencing features.

“Both attorneys and staff are very excited about the new Walnut Creek office, so much so that those who have been working remotely during the pandemic are now requesting space in the new office,” said Ginger Wilson, the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. “We’ve decorated the space with the comforts of home: cushy chairs, pillows and interesting artwork, so the office feels warm and welcoming for our attorneys and clients wishing to meet in-person.” She added, “In this remote-working climate we all find ourselves in, it’s easier to entice people back to the office than to force it.”

The address of the new Walnut Creek office is 1850 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 340, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. For more information, including directions and information about public transit and parking, please visit the firm’s Contact page here.


Partner Robin Thornton Gives Insight About the Process of Eminent Domain

Mar 03, 2022

U.S. News and World Report published an article on February 24, 2022 regarding condemnation in the real estate arena.

In this article, Robin Thornton, who chairs the Eminent Domain Practice Group, explains the condemnation process, discussing what it is and who it affects. Robin and her industry peers discuss past condemnation cases and varying situations that can occur with owning a home or land.

To read the full article, visit US News and World Report.


Wendel Rosen Welcomes Attorney Heidi L. Imsand

Jan 28, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif., January 28, 2022 – Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay, representing businesses and individuals throughout the country, announced today that Heidi L. Imsand has joined the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice.

Imsand, certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the California State Bar, brings nearly a decade of legal experience as well as advanced training in taxation (candidate, LLM in Taxation, University of San Francisco).

“Heidi’s combination of trust and estate experience along with her insight to tax law and its implications is a genuine asset for clients,” said Wendel Rosen Managing Partner Daniel Rapaport. “She’s known for a dedication and diligence that has distinguished her throughout her career. We’re very excited to welcome her to Wendel Rosen.”

Imsand’s estate planning experience includes designing plans for high-net worth individuals, clients with business succession issues, and clients with unique family situations. Her extensive trust administration experience includes crafting asset allocations, ensuring tax and probate law compliance, and managing the often complex relationships between trustees and beneficiaries.


Donald Simon Speaks to Businesses Going Green on Sticky Lawyers Podcast

Jan 07, 2022

Donald Simon, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s Green Business Practice Group, is featured in an episode of Sticky Lawyers Podcast. As a leader in the green building industry, Donald shares his expertise on building environmentally conscious businesses and how to have a lighter touch on the land.

To listen to the full episode, visit Sticky Lawyers Podcast.


The Mercury News Highlights Wendel Rosen Volunteers at 30th Annual City of Oakland Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2021

At Wendel Rosen, there is a long history of supporting community causes. The firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, a small team of attorneys and staff who work together to coordinate firm sponsored activities, safely gathered to lend a helping hand in this year’s 30th Annual City of Oakland Thanksgiving event.

Wendel Rosen volunteers, along with others from the community, joined together to help package, load and distribute 3,500 Thanksgiving meals to seniors, low-income families and unhoused residents.

Learn more about this meaningful effort with photos featuring members of Team Wendel from The Mercury News.


Wendel Rosen Named to the 2022 Best Law Firms List by Best Lawyers

Nov 05, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 5, 2021 – Wendel Rosen announces today the firm has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the 2022 Best Law Firms. The firm received six “Metropolitan Tier 1” marks for a variety of practice areas including Construction Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law, and Trusts & Estates Law. The firm also received “Metropolitan Tier 2” rankings for Corporate Law, Litigation – Real Estate, and Litigation – Trusts & Estates. In addition, the firm held “Metropolitan Tier 3” Ranking for Litigation – Construction.

The Best Lawyers 2022 Best Law Firms list recognizes firms that exhibit professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Thousands of firms are reviewed each year, and those that receive a ranking are presented in three tiers. According to U.S. News, “Firms that received a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas.” To qualify for a ranking, firms must have at least one lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America. 

“The attorneys at our firm display an immense amount of commitment, character, and service to our clients,” states Daniel Rapaport, Managing Partner. “This listing honors their hard work and our collaboration and commitment to continued excellence as a firm.”

The “Best Law Firms” list has been a measure of excellence within the legal industry and beyond for more than a decade. The 2022 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

About “Best Law Firms”

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is a multimedia publisher of news, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars, Law and News and Opinion, www.usnews.com has earned a reputation as the leading provider of consumer advice and analysis that helps its readers make informed life decisions.


Wendel Rosen Welcomes Attorney David F. Monsour

Oct 11, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif., October 11, 2021 – Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses and individuals throughout the country, announced today that David F. Monsour will join the firm as their newest Trusts and Estates Attorney, effective October 11.

“David has a strong legal background with experience in trust and estates law,” said Wendel Rosen Managing Partner Daniel Rapaport. “His passion for helping people by giving them insight and advice to successfully guide them through difficult situations will be an asset to Wendel Rosen. We know our clients will benefit from his expertise.”

With his breadth of legal experience, Monsour will be working with the Trusts and Estates practice group. “Beyond Wendel Rosen’s stellar reputation in the legal community, I’m excited to be working closely with colleagues who are not only fantastic attorneys but are also good people, to support and further our clients’ successes,” says Monsour.

Prior to joining Wendel Rosen, Monsour was an associate attorney at Barr & Young where he litigated trust and estates matters. Monsour previously externed for The Honorable Edward J. Davila, of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and for the Ninth Circuit, Office of the Circuit Executive in San Francisco. He has been recognized over the past four years as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Monsour is a member of the California Bar Association and holds a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.



Real Estate Outlook – Robin Thornton Provides Industry Wisdom

Oct 05, 2021

The impact of COVID-19 in relation to the real estate industry has been an unforgettable part of history. In a recent Los Angeles Times virtual panel, Partner and Chair of the Eminent Domain Practice Group, Robin Thornton discusses the business of commercial real estate and the overall changes and trends for the future of real estate.

Click here to read these insights and more.


L.A. Times Names Partner Robin Thornton of Wendel Rosen a Legal Visionary

Sep 23, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif., September 22, 2021 – Wendel Rosen Partner, Robin Thornton, has been recognized as a Legal Visionary in the Business of Law: Trends, Updates, Visionaries & In-House Counsel Leadership Awards Magazine by the Los Angeles Times. The magazine recognizes and honors the top legal professionals in the region for their contributions and leadership within their organizations, the legal field, and the community at large.

On July 22, 2021, the winners and visionaries in several categories were announced at a live/virtual event. Thornton’s visionary attorney profile was included in the magazine’s August 29 publication.

“We congratulate Robin on this prestigious recognition as a Legal Visionary by the Los Angeles Times. Her exceptional legal experience, commitment and character make her a distinguished leader at both Wendel Rosen and in our community,” said Wendel Rosen Managing Partner Dan Rapaport.

Thornton is Chair of the Eminent Domain Practice Group at Wendel Rosen and has over 18 years of law firm experience, including 12 years of practicing eminent domain law. She has represented public and private entities and individuals in a variety of contexts, including appellate matters, trials, administrative hearings, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, highly-confidential negotiations, and in advisory capacities. In addition to condemnation law, Thornton also practices general civil litigation, property tax, real property, insurance coverage, and employment law.

Thornton is best known for her representation in the Richmond Refinery case, which was among the most complex assessment appeals matters in California’s history. Additionally, she has worked on mediations, arbitrations, court and jury trials in Alameda, Solano, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Orange Counties.

For more information about the 2021 Business of Law Magazine, visit Los Angeles Times.