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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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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Amara L. Morrison

Jul 29, 2019

Amara understands municipal law, land use, and real estate from just about every angle. With more than 25 years of experience as an assistant city attorney, she’s worked closely with public officials and agencies, businesses and developers, and individuals and community groups on everything from approvals to zoning. Valued by clients for her responsive, determined, pragmatic style, she was named “Woman of Influence” by Globe Street Real Estate in 2019.

Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Law

Amara has obtained land use entitlements for mixed use, residential, commercial, industrial and hotel development projects. She has extensive experience in all aspects of land use law, including compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Permit Streamlining Act, planning and zoning law, the Subdivision Map Act and affordable housing laws, including density bonus and SB 35. Her work involves negotiation with state and federal agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Delta Protection Commission.

Public Agencies

Amara assists Contra Costa County and Alameda County public sector clients, including special districts, with land use, zoning, development and redevelopment, environmental law, and resource protection and conservation, transportation, and aviation expertise. She is general counsel to various transportation agencies and various Geologic Hazard Abatement Districts (GHADs). She has been lead counsel on the development, implementation, and defense of general plans, specific plans, and neighborhood plans and related development project approvals.

Municipal Experience

Prior to private practice, Morrison served as assistant city attorney for Livermore and Walnut Creek, where she advised officials and staff on matters including the California Public Records Act, the Ralph M. Brown Act, public finance and contracts, solid waste, risk management and conflicts of interest, First Amendment, and redevelopment. She drafted the state’s first comprehensive no-smoking ordinance, which banned smoking in the workplace (including bars and restaurants), cigarette vending machines, and smoking in multi-family housing units, an action followed by jurisdictions around the country.

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Daniel B. Myers

Jul 29, 2019

Dan leads Wendel Rosen’s real estate practice group and is also a partner in the firm’s land use group. He provides strategic counsel to clients on real estate transactions and guidance on optimizing real estate holdings.  He also assists clients with land use approvals and permitting matters. A skilled negotiator and dealmaker, he regularly writes and speaks on real estate topics. His clients include developers, commercial landlords and tenants, retail and service companies, governmental entities, small businesses, and individuals. Dan also advises clients on advertising and promotional matters.

Real Estate

With more than 20 years of experience, Dan represents real estate clients in all aspects of real property transactions. He negotiates and prepares transactional documents, including purchase and sale agreements, leases, and financing documents, assists clients in negotiating and resolving disputes, and counsels clients on land use and due diligence issues. He has experience representing clients on green leases and drafting green lease provisions. Dan also advises clients on the most effective strategies for disposal of surplus real property.

Land Use

Experienced in diverse areas of land use law, Dan works with clients to obtain land use approvals and conducts due diligence reviews for real estate and corporate transactions. He has represented clients before federal, state, and local agencies in land use, wetlands, air, water and hazardous waste/substances permitting matters.

Advertising, Sweepstakes and Promotions

Dan counsels companies regarding advertising and promotional matters, including in the fitness, food, entertainment, and retail industries. He reviews online, social media, electronic, print, radio, and television advertisements and promotions and contests/sweepstakes materials and advises on compliance with state and federal advertising, pricing, disclosure and substantiation laws and regulations.

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Neal A. Parish

Jul 29, 2019

Neal is a partner and part of the firm’s Real Estate, Land Use, and Public Agency practices. With a professional background in planning and economics, including masters degrees in city planning and transportation engineering, he offers private and public agency and private clients a unique mix of real estate and land use knowledge, experience and insight. He counsels on a range of matters including real estate transactions and agreements, easements and title issues, land use permitting, public projects and service contracts, and serving as public agency general counsel.

Real Estate and Land Use

For private industry and individual clients, Neal negotiates, drafts and analyzes agreements in for real estate transactions, including leases, purchase and sale contracts, easements and related agreements, and subdivision documents including CC&Rs. He also assists clients with land use and related permitting issues, including CEQA, zoning, and other regulatory matters.

Public Agency

Skilled in matters of public agency law and experienced in city planning and transportation issues, Neal guides public agency clients on matters related to construction, design and other professional service contracts and procurement. He also advises clients regarding the implications of, and potential revisions to, new and pending legislation. Neal also serves as general counsel to public agencies, advising on a broad range of issues.

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Pamela Schock Mintzer

Jul 29, 2019

Pamela is Of Counsel at Wendel Rosen. She counsels the firm’s public agency teams in their work on behalf of counties, municipalities, transportation agencies, regulatory agencies, and other public entities.

As part of the firm’s public agency team, Pamela works with public agencies in matters involving project planning, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and public agency law and helps resolve legal issues related to funding, design, acquisition, and construction. She assists agencies in overcoming the challenges inherent in public projects, working from early stages, through trial and beyond, to help deliver public projects on time and on budget.

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Allan C. Moore

Jul 29, 2019

Allan focuses on land use, real estate and environmental law, advising clients on large and small residential, commercial and industrial development projects. Allan has worked and appeared in almost all Bay Area counties and numerous local cities, securing approvals for complex projects from county boards and city councils. Allan has served as lead counsel on projects including: (i) large residential development projects; (ii) commercial and mixed-use projects; and (iii) significant industrial projects. Throughout his career, Allan has successfully obtained general plan amendments, rezonings, subdivisions, environmental review, and all related permits on hundreds of projects. He has worked closely with Bay Area counties/cities with regard to environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Williamson Act, and related federal, state and local laws.

Allan previously served as in-house counsel for Chevron, negotiating and obtaining land and development permits and leases for complex oil and gas operations throughout the western states, offshore California, and Alaska.

Allan’s clients include large industrial clients, landowners, developers of commercial, industrial, residential and open space properties, public agencies, and cities. He has extensive experience in working with community groups and local citizens while processing and gaining approvals for major projects.

For approximately 12 years, Allan was a member (and past chair) of the City of Walnut Creek Planning Commission. As a Planning Commissioner, he made decisions and recommendations regarding complex developments, subdivisions, and land use permits, guiding the City through complex changes in its general plan, specific plans, and zoning ordinances. Allan now has over 30 years of experience in the Bay Area, representing clients on matters ranging from large, complex developments, to critical permits and zoning matters for local business owners.

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Patricia E. Curtin

Jul 29, 2019

Patricia has more than three decades of legal experience in local government and land use law. Recognized for her thoughtful, incisive approach, she advises public and private sector clients on planning and zoning laws, guides land use applications, and obtains project approvals, including environmental and regulatory permits. Patricia has presented and written extensively on land use topics, including co-authoring State and Local Government Land Use Liability (Thomson Reuters).

Land Use

Patricia advises clients on all aspects of land use law, including the application of affordable housing and density bonus laws, as well as SB 35, which allows ministerial approvals of qualifying affordable housing projects. She has extensive experience in processing entitlements for complex master planned and mixed-use projects throughout the state and in obtaining land use entitlements for projects to support the disabled and handicapped.

Public and Private Sector

A wide range of clients seek Patricia’s representation for her experience, deep insight, and compassionate demeanor. She has worked with landowners and developers of commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural property (including growers, wineries, and related businesses), shopping center owners, hotel and resort owners, educational institutions, public agencies, and hospitals and medical facilities. She also serves as special land use counsel to several cities, counties and special districts.

Geological Hazard Abatement Districts

Patricia serves as legal counsel to Geologic Hazard Abatement Districts (GHADs). She counsels GHADs and similar entities on related issues, and represents property owners, cities, and counties in forming GHADs. As secretary on the board for the non-profit California Association of GHADs, she works to improve the effectiveness of GHADs at preventing, mitigating, and controlling geological hazards. Patricia has written several articles and papers related to GHAD formation and implementation.

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Thiele Robin Dunaway

Jul 29, 2019

A member of Wendel Rosen’s litigation and land use practice groups, Robin handles a range of state and federal civil litigation matters, including matters related to business disputes, land use, natural resources, climate change, and appellate advocacy. Pragmatic, diligent, and tenacious, Robin provides trusted counsel to clients, is skilled at investigation and assessment, and is highly experienced at achieving successful outcomes.

Litigation

With a focus on appellate work in state and federal courts, Robin is experienced litigating a broad range of issues, including complex business matters involving real property, contracts, business tort claims, and bankruptcy issues.

She has significant experience litigating disputes involving commercial loan documents, deeds of trust, title to real property, various business contracts, as well as trust and probate instruments. She has also handled matters related to public agency contracts and the Brown Act “open meetings” law.

Land Use Compliance and Litigation

Robin is experienced in disputes concerning land use permitting. Her land use litigation and compliance work includes cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Subdivision Map Act, Section 404 permitting under the Clean Water Act, the public trust doctrine, the Endangered Species Act (including Section 7 consultations), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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