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Basil "Bill" Shiber

Shareholder, Walnut Creek
Tel: 925.935.9400

Basil "Bill" Shiber

Shareholder, Walnut Creek

Tel: 925.935.9400


Basil "Bill" Shiber is a trial attorney in the firm’s Walnut Creek office.  He represents clients in disputes and negotiation involving land entitlement and use, secured transactions, commercial leasing, environmental claims including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), renewable energy projects, commercial leasing, community redevelopment, eminent domain/inverse condemnation, title insurance and related areas.

Bill’s clients include property owners, tenants, developers, retailers, financial institutions, title insurers, academic institutions, retailers, utilities, and public agencies.  Bill’s practice has given him many opportunities to lecture, contribute to scholarly publications and take leadership roles in professional organizations. He has a Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV, the highest possible.

Bill is Chair of the firm’s Eminent Domain Practice Group. 


J.D., Santa Clara University (1989)

B.A., cum laude, University of Colorado (1986)


  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Northern California Chapter
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • State Bar of California, Executive Committee of the Real Estate Section - Former Co-Chair/Advisor
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) 
  • Pro-bono counsel - Alameda Development Corporation and Habitat for Humanity


  • Bill speaks regularly on subjects relating to land use, leasing, redevelopment and other real property issues, and has published numerous articles in his areas of practice.  He is also co-author of the "Community Redevelopment", “Eminent Domain”, and "Inverse Condemnation" chapters of the authoritative Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d.


  • “Don’t Miss This Deadline To File A Regulatory Takings Claim,” Miller Starr Regalia’s The Title & Escrow File blog, July 28, 2015.
  • “Five Real Estate Cases to Watch in 2015”, The Registry, January 30, 2015.
  • “Digging in over SF housing ordinance”, Daily Journal, October 31, 2014.
  • “California's Precondemnation Law May Need Correction”, Law360, May 22, 2014.
  • “Government Precondemnation Entry and Inspection – A Review of Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court (2014)”, Miller Starr Regalia Legal Update, May 14, 2014.
  • The Top Ten Real Estate Cases of 2013, California Real Property Journal, Volume 32, No. 1, Spring 2013.
  • The Top Ten Real Estate Cases of 2012, California Real Property Journal, Volume 31, No. 11, 2013.
  • Miller & Starr, Cal. Real Estate (3d. ed.) Chapter 30A, “Eminent Domain” [co-author].
  • Miller & Starr, Cal. Real Estate (3d. ed.) Chapter 30B, “Community Redevelopment” [co-author].
  • Miller & Starr, Cal. Real Estate (3d. ed.) Chapter 30, “Inverse Condemnation” [Author].
  • A Practical Guide to Securing Surface Rights for Solar Energy Projects (Summer 2012), California Real Property Journal, Vol. 30, No. 2.
  • California Mortgage & Deed of Trust Practice Guide (Cont. Ed. Bar 1997), Chapter 9, “Lien Protections”  [Author].
  • California Mechanic’s Liens and Related Construction Remedies (Cont. Ed. Bar 3d ed.), “Representing Owner” [Consultant].
  • California Supreme Court Confirms that Legislature Can Wind Up Redevelopment Agencies, Miller & Starr, Real Estate Newsalert (Thompson Reuters) Vol. 30, No. 1, 2012.
  • Purchase Money Priorities (Summer 2012) CEA News, Vol. 44, No. 3.
  • The Top Ten Real Property Cases of 2011 (Spring 2012) California Real Property Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1.
  • Legal Update: California Supreme Court Ruling Winds Up Redevelopment Agencies: Legislative Reform May be Next (December 2011).
  • Legal Update: California Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Redevelopment Challenge: Stays Portions of New Legislation (October 2011).
  • Legal Update: Redevelopment Agencies Face Elimination (July 2011).
  • Crumbling Edifice: California Redevelopment Agencies Face Uncertain Future, The Registry, September 2011.
  • Dual Representation and Due Process:  Maintaining the Line Between Advocate and Advisor in Land Use Proceedings (February 2010) California Land Use Law & Policy, Vol. 19, No. 5 [consultant].
  • Courts Conflict on Requiring Public Use to Support Taking, San Francisco Daily Journal (September 1, 2004).
  • Take This!  A Road Map Through a Regulatory Takings Claim (Fall 2003) Cal. Real Property Journal, Volume 21, No. 4.
  • Priority Matters, Los Angeles Lawyer (March 1998), Volume 21, No. 1.
  • Competing for Control, Urban Land (October 2003).
  • SLAPP Happy:  An Analysis of California’s Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) Statute, Miller & Starr, Real Estate Newsalert (West Thompson, November 2004).
  • A Takings Trifecta:  The Supreme Court’s Lingle, San Remo and Kelo Decisions, Miller & Starr, Real Estate Newsalert (West Thompson, September 2005).
  • The Government Is Always Right:  The Supreme Court Tackles Takings (Spring 2006), Vol. 24, No. 1.
  • Grafton Partners:  Juries Make A Comeback (January 2006) CEB Real Property Law Reporter, Vol. 29, No. 1.
  • Continuous Operation Covenants in California (Winter 2008) California Real Property Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 [Consultant].
  • Illusory Interest - No Recovery in Condemnation for the Taking of a Pipe Dream, San Francisco Daily Journal, January 6, 1999.


  • Northern California Super Lawyer – Real Estate (2012 - 2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rating