Yalda Vahdani

Senior Counsel

Yalda Vahdani is a transactional attorney in Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek office.

Yalda Vahdani is a transactional attorney in Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek office.


Yalda Vahdani has significant experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial real estate agreements such as retail, office and industrial leases, subleases, ground leases, amendments, licenses, and purchase and sale agreements for the acquisition and disposition of real property. Yalda also represents residential developers and home builders of master planned communities with land development, entitlement, permitting, environmental concerns, and due diligence reviews. She advises franchisors, both established and startup, in developing franchising programs, assisting franchisees in negotiating franchise agreements, and ongoing legal compliance.

Following law school, Yalda practiced corporate and commercial law in Kuwait for the largest international law firm in the Middle East. There, she advised Fortune 100 companies and large international clients on corporate structuring, agencies, distributorships and franchising, and negotiated and drafted the relevant transaction documents.

After moving back to the Bay Area, Yalda switched her focus to real estate and worked as an associate at several real estate law firms before coming to Miller Starr Regalia, including Starr Finley LLP. She has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, and has assisted in updating the CEB publication on Office Leasing for the last several years.

Yalda enjoys spending her free time riding horses, visiting as many museums and galleries as possible, or playing with her Yorkie, Cal.


J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (2007)

B.A., University of California, Berkeley - Art History, Middle Eastern Studies (2003)


California Bar Association

CREW East Bay

International Council of Shopping Centers

Iranian American Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers®– Real Estate Law “Ones To Watch” (2022 - 2024)

Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star (2018 - 2022)

Bar Admissions


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August 18, 2022

MSR’s Hans Lapping Receives Two Best Lawyers in America© Designations, Named “Lawyer of the Year” – Real Estate Law (Oakland), Nine Other MSR Attorneys Receive Best Lawyers Recognition

Miller Starr Regalia (MSR), a preeminent California real estate law firm for more than 50 years, is pleased to announce that Hans A. Lapping, an AV-rated transactional shareholder, has received two designations in the Best Lawyers in America 2023© edition: he is included in the Real Estate Law list and was selected as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Oakland Real Estate Law. Additionally, nine other MSR attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© -- seven of which have been recognized for at least 10 years. Yalda Vahdani was named 2023 “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” in Real Estate Law in San Francisco.