Bryan Wenter at Miller Starr Regalia Named “Lawyer of the Year” – Land Use and Zoning Law (Oakland) by Best Lawyers in America


August 20, 2020 (Walnut Creek, CA) – Miller Starr Regalia (MSR), a preeminent California real estate law firm for more than 50 years, is pleased to announce that Bryan W. Wenter, a land use shareholder and principal author of the Land Use Developments blog, has been selected as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Oakland Land Use and Zoning Law in The Best Lawyers in America 2021©. In addition, Wenter and nine other MSR attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

The MSR attorneys receiving recognition are:

  • Lance Anderson, real estate law (recognized 2018-2021)
  • Arthur F. Coon, land use and zoning law (recognized 2012-2021)
  • James M. Frassetto, real estate law (recognized 2008-2021)
  • Karl E. Geier, banking and finance law (recognized 2009-2021)
  • Hans A. Lapping, real estate law (first year of recognition)
  • Daniel R. Miller, construction law (recognized 2013-2021)
  • Eugene H. Miller, commercial litigation; real estate law (2007-2021)
  • Gary E. Rosenberg, real estate law (recognized 2007-2021)
  • Wilson F. Wendt, land use and zoning law; real estate law (recognized 2001-2021)
  • Bryan W. Wenter, land use and zoning law (recognized 2020-2021)

Wilson Wendt has been recognized for 20 years, Eugene Miller and Gary Rosenberg for 15 years and Arthur Coon, James Frassetto and Karl Geier for 10 years. 

“It is great to see Bryan’s ability to navigate California’s very challenging and complex planning and development process being recognized by his peers,” said Ella K. Gower, Miller Starr Regalia’s managing shareholder. “It is also gratifying to see attorneys from a range of practice areas, including real estate, land use and zoning, banking and finance and construction law represented on the Best Lawyers list, confirming the scope of MSR’s talent in real property law.” 

Wenter focuses his practice on land use, environmental compliance, and local government law, including obtaining and defending land use entitlements throughout California for a wide range of complex development projects including, infill, mixed-use, master-planned and custom residential communities, hotels, retail/commercial, sports and entertainment, industrial, and educational.

Nearly 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), with over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 9.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 67,000 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.”

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 encyclopedia 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 redevelopment and land use.

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