R. Zachary Wasserman

Jul 29, 2019

Zack works with private businesses and public agencies to negotiate and draft complex real estate and financial structures. Working frequently with state and local regulatory and permitting agencies, he represents clients before a variety of administrative bodies to enable clients to complete some of the regions most intriguing projects, including: development of a mixed-use project in San Franciscos Fillmore District featuring Yoshis Jazz Club and Restaurant and 80 condominiums; entitling a 14-story, 220-unit residential building in Jack London Square; and the creative vertical subdivision of the Oakland YWCA, rescuing the Y from bankruptcy and saving a Julia Morgan building. He is currently representing the Oakland As in negotiations with the City of Oakland and County of Alameda acquisition of the Coliseum for a large mixed use development. 

Zack has served as lead general counsel for the Alameda County Transportation Commission and its predecessors for over 30 years, assisting it with a wide variety of matters including funding, legislation, compliance with public laws, environmental and personnel issues, and reauthorizaation. 

In 2012, Zack was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). As General Counsel to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Zack played an integral role negotiating with BCDC on the Bay Plan Amendment to address rising sea levels. In addition, Zack serves as a member of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative, which coordinates regional policies of MTC, ABAG, BAAQMD and BCDC. 

He serves as the current Chair of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. For many years he has served as general counsel to the Chamber, as well as to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance and to several non-profit corporations and foundations engaged in technology transfer and scientific development. 

An active member of the East Bay community, Zack has donated hundreds of hours of his time to committees and programs designed to enhance the economic development of Oakland and surrounding communities. 

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Todd A. Williams

Jul 29, 2019

Todd, chair of the firm’s Land Use and Environmental Practice Group, represents clients in the broad spectrum of land use, real estate and environmental issues in both litigation and administrative proceedings.

He works with private clients and public entities, including landowners and developers of residential, infill, commercial and industrial property, as well as local agencies, providing property entitlement processing and local government land use approvals; CEQA compliance and litigation; planning and zoning law advice; and real property litigation. He also has experience with infill project streamlining, density bonus and housing laws, affordable housing and historic preservation regulations, as well as advising clients on public-private partnerships, the Subdivision Map Act, the Williamson Act, and cannabis land use regulations, along with easement and boundary dispute matters.

A contributing editor on the 2010 – 2011 edition of State and Local Government Land Use Liability, and a reviewer of the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Municipal Law Handbook, Todd also has spoken throughout the state on land use law, with particular emphasis on CEQA.

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Eugene M. Pak

Jul 29, 2019

An experienced counselor and litigator, Eugene provides strategic advice to his clients in both transactional and litigation matters. He acts as outside general counsel to many of his clients, and specialized intellectual property and litigation counsel to others. Eugene is a trusted advisor and vigorous advocate for his clients, helping them build and protect their businesses and brands, and to structure favorable deals and agreements.

Eugene’s clients include apparel companies, craft breweries, computer gaming companies, food and beverage companies, technology companies, and many others. He brings a diverse background to his work, having worked at large and small firms, as in-house counsel at a technology company, and at a nonprofit public interest firm.

Intellectual Property Development, Protection and Litigation

For more than fifteen years, Eugene has advised companies in the selection, registration and maintenance of their trademarks and copyrights both domestically and abroad. He has filed or managed thousands of trademark and copyright applications and registrations worldwide. He advises companies with large, well-established international trademark portfolios, as well as newer companies that are just developing their brands.

Eugene also represents clients in related areas such as advertising and marketing issues, social media issues, software licensing, website terms of use, privacy policies, DMCA policies and compliance, and trademark licenses and co-existence agreements. Eugene is also an experienced IP litigator, having litigated numerous IP cases and disputes in federal and state courts. His experience includes disputes involving trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, domain names, anti-counterfeiting, patent, trade secrets, and false advertising issues.

Craft Beer Law and Alcohol Beverage Law

Eugene leads the Craft Breweries & Brew Pubs practice at Wendel Rosen, advising craft breweries and others in the alcohol beverage industry. He serves as outside general counsel to many of his clients, advising them on a wide range of issues from entity formation, trademarks and copyrights, distribution and other contracts, employment issues, alcohol beverage (ABC) and labeling regulations, as well as marketing and advertising issues.

Eugene frequently speaks at beer conferences and has been quoted in Brewbound, All About Beer, The Daily Journal, and other media outlets. He ‘tweets’ on legal and business issues facing craft breweries as @beerattorney.

Business and Employment Advice and Litigation

Eugene is also an experienced business and employment law attorney. He has represented companies in a wide range of business and commercial matters, including antitrust issues, broker-dealer disputes, class action cases, investment fraud, bid disputes, real estate disputes, unfair competition matters, California Business & Professions Code §17200 claims, and Commerce Clause issues involving state and federal beverage laws and regulations. In the employment law field, he has advised and represented clients in matters involving non-compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, employment discrimination, independent contractor versus employee status, and wage and hour laws. In addition to representing clients in court, he has represented clients in employment disputes before administrative agencies such as the California Labor Commissioner and New York Stock Exchange (arbitration).

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Steven M. Morger

Jul 29, 2019

Steve, an experienced business litigator, represents clients involved in real estate and complex business disputes. He has particular expertise in the areas of mortgages, deeds of trust, foreclosure and antideficiency issues, as well as guarantees and U.C.C. personal property-secured transactions. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and has provided expert testimony involving real estate secured transactions and guarantees as well as title insurance, escrow and related disputes. He works with all aspects of civil litigation and discovery through trial and appeal.

Mr. Morger has counseled cannabis industry clients on lease and financing transactions and defended property owners in claims brought by federally-chartered banks based on medical dispensary uses.

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Tracy Green

Jul 29, 2019

A partner and chair of the firm’s insolvency practice, Tracy represents clients in all aspects of their dealings with financially troubled companies. She is known for guiding clients through complex problems and trying circumstances to find practical and efficient solutions. She has written and presented extensively on insolvency and bankruptcy issues, is an active leader in professional associations, and is regularly recognized for exceptional performance by peers and legal publications.

Insolvency and Restructuring

Tracy represents debtors, creditors’ committees, creditors, and trustees in connection with Chapter 11 reorganizations and liquidations, out-of-court workouts, buying and selling assets, assignments for the benefit of creditors, avoidance actions (fraudulent conveyances, preferences, and equitable subordination) and Chapter 7 liquidations.

Diverse Industry Experience

In addition to traditional industries ranging from manufacturing to professional services, Tracy is experienced representing distressed companies in or associated with emerging markets, including the cannabis industry and green business, assisting with workouts and bankruptcy alternatives.

Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Tracy represents parties in commercial disputes and secured transactions. She also serves as a mediator and has successfully mediated many disputes involving intellectual property, real estate, estate distributions, partnership dissolutions, and commercial disputes.

Tracy served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Stanley Mosk, of the California Supreme Court.

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Wendy L. Manley

Jul 29, 2019

As an attorney with degrees in biology and marine biology, Wendy brings unique insight to her environmental law practice. She guides public and private clients in a range of complex permitting, compliance, and enforcement issues, with the benefit of a deep understanding of the interface between science and policy. Wendy frequently speaks on environmental law, water regulations, and related matters.

Her clients include manufacturers, retailers, property owners, title companies, developers, private individuals, and public entities. She is experienced with state and federal agencies, including the State Water Resources Control Board, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, California Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Insurance, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. EPA, National Marine Fisheries Service, and various local entities.

Water and Stormwater Issues

Wendy provides legal guidance to industrial, municipal, and construction clients on compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and state and federal stormwater requirements. She assists with resolution of citizen and agency enforcement actions and counsels clients whose activities require or have violated permits authorizing activities in wetlands, or otherwise involve discharges to Waters of the United States (WOTUS) or Waters of the State (WOTS).

Threatened and Endangered Species

Applying her science background and knowledge of public policy and law, Wendy assists clients whose property or projects could impact endangered species. She advises on matters affecting their property and activities and represents clients through the administrative process of listing threatened and endangered species.

Proposition 65

Wendy provides compliance counseling, claim defense and litigation representation on Proposition 65 matters for clients in the wide range of manufacturing, food and beverage, industrial, and retail businesses. She provides guidance on risk assessments, warning requirements and statutory exemptions. She also counsels clients on their defenses and best strategies through litigation or a negotiated settlement when Prop 65 claims are filed.

Title Industry Regulatory Matters

Wendy orchestrates the application process for regulatory approvals for underwritten title companies (UTCs) seeking to form, license, or expand their business.

 

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William C. Acevedo

Jul 29, 2019

Bill has spent two decades building a unique practice devoted to serving the needs of businesses, large and small, in a variety of industries. Bill’s particular blend of transactional, regulatory, litigation and green business experience makes him an invaluable adviser to his clients. Corporate clients look to him as their outside general counsel, seeking advice on both business and legal matters critical to their success.

General Corporate

Bill chairs the firm’s Business practice group. He regularly provides small to middle market companies with outside general counsel services.  He counsels his clients on entity formation, business and legal advice on proposed business transactions, general contract negotiation and drafting, brand and licensing protection, corporate governance, capital raises, and other general business matters.

Food and Beverage

Bill co-chairs the firm’s Food and Beverage practice group. He helps companies navigate regulatory, transactional and litigation matters in the food, beverage, dietary supplement and cosmetic industries. Bill assists his clients with:

  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Product label, labeling, advertising, and marketing material review
  • Capital raises through convertible debt and private placement offerings
  • Corporate governance
  • Responding to governmental/regulatory actions
  • Product recalls
  • Resolving business disputes and/or threatened class action matters
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Green Business

Bill also leads the firm’s Green Business practice group — an experienced group of attorneys advising and supporting companies that value health, the environment, and a sustainable economy. His green business clients include 1% for the Planet, B Corp members, public benefit corporations, and other companies that focus on sustainability issues.

Litigation

Bill has more than two decades of experience litigating matters in state and federal court. Since joining the firm’s litigation group in 2002, he has represented local and regional clients on matters including contractual disputes, unfair business practice claims, false/misleading labeling and advertising, shareholder and/or partnership disputes, environmental contamination claims, product liability, toxic tort, and eminent domain disputes. Drawing upon his experience, Bill regularly counsels clients on risk analysis, litigation strategy, dispute avoidance measures, and pre-trial dispute resolution. If informal resolution cannot be achieved, Bill advances his clients’ interest through trial.

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Karen J. Balderama

Jul 29, 2019

Karen represents corporate and individual clients in complex corporate transactions, as well as general business and securities matters. Her practice involves mergers and acquisitions, representing both buyers and sellers, and venture capital transactions, representing both investors and portfolio companies. Karen’s practice also involves private equity investments, private placements, and corporate restructurings.

Karen regularly advises clients on issues involving entity selection and formation, corporate structuring, corporate governance, shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, employment and non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, intellectual property, and business contracts. She works with clients ranging from family-owned businesses and professional offices to start-up and other small or mid-sized privately held companies in a wide variety of industries, including food and beverage, cannabis, manufacturing, technology, real estate, construction, and professional services.

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Joshua D. Cohen

Jul 29, 2019

Josh, who chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, brings together his years of experience in a wide variety of subject matter disputes to effectively resolve clients’ problems. Having counseled and advocated for clients in many types of commercial disputes, ranging from real estate to technology, he is adept at addressing clients’ sophisticated litigation needs.  He represents clients in litigation prevention, mediation, arbitration and trial in state and federal courts. He has a proven track record of success in high-stakes trials, arbitrations, and appeals.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Josh has litigated disputes regarding-trade secret misappropriation, high-tech product defects, indemnification and warranty, trademark and copyright infringement, licensing, cannabis related IP issues, and employment matters regarding non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements.

Business Litigation

Josh has litigated all types of breach of contract disputes, including distribution agreements, purchase and sale agreements, loan agreements, ownership disputes including dissolution actions, employment agreements and has litigated actions regarding unfair competition/business practices, fraud, franchise disputes, as well as cases involving breach of warranty and breach of fiduciary duty.

Real Estate/Land Use Litigation

Josh has represented major residential and commercial developers, as well as contractors and individuals, in disputes regarding purchase and sale, brokers’ commissions, contractor licensing, non-disclosure/fraud/concealment actions and land use issues.

Cannabis

Josh has defended cannabis businesses against unfair competition lawsuits and counseled cannabis businesses regarding ways to minimize their exposure to government and private liabilities.

Eminent Domain

Bringing his years of litigation experience to bear, he supports the firm’s Eminent Domain practice, which helps cities, counties, special districts and other public entities, as well as private clients throughout the state, ensure their interests are actively and thoroughly represented in public acquisitions.

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