Greetings from the ACBA Real Estate Section!

In addition to many attorneys from large firms who provide real estate specialty services, our 155 members include many solo and small firm practitioners of real estate law throughout Alameda County and adjoining jurisdictions. We strive to provide an ongoing forum for our members to network and become familiar with existing and new laws affecting both transactional and litigation related real estate matters. The Executive Committee spends a significant amount of time planning and arranging for monthly continuing education programs to be presented by knowledgeable people, at an affordable cost so our members can obtain timely, relevant real estate legal information, training and resources, regardless of firm size.

If you have time, please note that we have a standing invitation for any interested attorney to attend our Executive Committee meetings where lively discussions of current events frequently occur and gripes about the real estate practice are exchanged. All we ask is a bit of advance notice, so we can ensure that extra food will be available for you at our lunchtime meetings.

Those of us who have long been members of the real estate section of the ACBA can attest that by participation, we have developed both legal skills and personal relationships which have been a benefit to our legal practices.

To join the section, please contact our Membership Department at (510) 302-2200 or


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Upcoming Events

March 15, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Recent Developments in Real Estate Law
Join us for an expert analysis of recent top real estate case decisions from 2016. Professor Roger Bernhardt and Christine Tour-Sarkissian will offer their expert analysis of the impact these case decisions have on California law.

March 16, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Elder Mediation and Estate Planning: Dispute Resolution Before They Die
The parties to a post-death dispute often settle in mediation, right before trial. Should attorneys consider mediation before pleadings have been filed? Or even during the estate planning process? Join the ACBA Trusts & Estates, ADR, Business, and Real Estate Sections as we explore these questions and more. Engage in a dialogue between an optimist and a skeptic about the uses of facilitated conversations while estate planning clients are still alive.

March 22, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Navigating the Requirements for Analyzing Climate Change Impacts Under CEQA
Join the Environmental Law, Real Estate, and Barristers Sections for a panel discussion exploring various approaches for evaluating greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and climate adaptation in this rapidly evolving area of the law.

New events are added regularly. Visit the ACBA Calendar for more upcoming events.

The Executive Committee

Yvette M. Davis

Rankin, Sproat, Mires, Reynolds, Shuey & Mintz
1970 Broadway, Suite 1150
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 465-3922

Yvette Davis
Kevin R. Martin

Martin APC
1939 Harrison Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 457-0408

Kevin Martin
Clifford E. Fried

Fried & Williams, LLP
1901 Harrison Street, 14th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 625-0100

Clifford Fried
Matthew P. Quiring

Fried & Williams, LLP
1901 Harrison Street, 14th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 625-0100

Matthew Quiring
David M. Austin

2836 Bollinger Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 683-5100

David Austin
Jim W. Hildreth

Real Estate Mediation Services
79 N Washington Street
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 536-1103

Jim Hildreth
Hadassah Hayashi

Membership & Education Manager
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200

Hadassah Hayashi