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Miller Starr Regalia’s Wilson Wendt Named “Lawyer Of The Year” – Real Estate Law (Oakland) By Best Lawyers In America © Wendt And Nine Other MSR Attorneys Receive Best Lawyers Recognition

Related Attorneys: Lance Anderson, Arthur F. Coon, James “Jim” Frassetto, Karl Geier, Hans Lapping, Daniel Miller, Gary Rosenberg, Bryan W. Wenter, AICP
Related Practices: Construction Claims & Litigation, Land Use & CEQA, Real Estate Finance, Land Use - Litigation, Land Use - Entitlement, Land Use - Transactional, Commercial & Residential Development, Leasing

Miller Starr Regalia (MSR), a preeminent California real estate law firm for more than 50 years, is pleased to announce that Wilson Wendt, a land use shareholder, has been selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in Oakland Real Estate Law in The Best Lawyers in America 2022©.  In addition, Wendt and nine other MSR attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Six MSR attorneys have been recognized for at least 10 years.

The MSR attorneys receiving recognition are:

  • Lance Anderson, real estate law (recognized 2018-2022)
  • Arthur F. Coon, land use and zoning law (recognized 2012-2022)
  • James M. Frassetto, real estate law (recognized 2008-2022)
  • Karl E. Geier, banking and finance law (recognized 2009-2022)
  • Hans A. Lapping, real estate law (2021-2022)
  • Daniel R. Miller, construction law (recognized 2013-2022)
  • Eugene H. Miller, commercial litigation; real estate law (2007-2022)
  • Gary E. Rosenberg, real estate law (recognized 2007-2022)
  • Wilson F. Wendt, land use and zoning law; real estate law (recognized 2003-2022)
  • Bryan W. Wenter, land use and zoning law; real estate law (recognized 2020-2022)


“Wilson has been recognized by Best Lawyers for nearly two decades for his land use and real estate law practice, so his recognition this year as Lawyer of the Year is a tremendous honor and not surprising to his colleagues,” said Ella K, Gower, Miller Starr Regalia’s managing shareholder. "He and the other MSR attorneys recognized continued their excellent work throughout the pandemic and exemplify the dedication of our shareholders to provide the best in real property law.”

Wendt is a land use shareholder and is recognized for his expertise in the entitlement process. He has been called upon to consult and testify on land use issues. He provides representation in real estate law, land use, and entitlement processing, assists clients with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, defense and compliance opinions, due diligence, growth control measures, development conditions and exactions, redevelopment, zoning, rezoning and subdivisions, planning and general plans, Williamson Act contracts, variances, and annexations.

Nearly 114,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), with over 15 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 10.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 66,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”


Erika Freed
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Miller Starr Regalia

Miller Starr Regalia has had a well-established reputation as a leading real estate law firm for more than fifty years.  For nearly all that time, our firm has written Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 4th, a 12-volume treatise on California real estate law.  We call it “the Book.”  The Book is the most widely used and judicially recognized real estate treatise in California and is cited by practicing attorneys and courts throughout the state.  Our firm has experience in all real property matters, including full-service litigation and dispute resolution services, transactions, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, common interest development, construction, management, title insurance, environmental law, and land use. For more information, visit

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