Dean A. Messmer


Practice Emphasis

Business and real estate transactions; commercial contracts and leases; commercial litigation; condemnations (eminent domain)


  • Bachelor of Arts (History, with distinction), 1971, Stanford University
  • Juris Doctor (with distinction), 1974, Duke Law School


  • Defended guarantors before trial and appellate courts in landmark non-judicial deed of trust foreclosure act cases
  • Represented sellers in stock and asset business sales
  • Negotiated numerous leases on behalf of restaurant and other commercial tenants
  • Obtained $1,100,000 settlement in flood damage inverse condemnation lawsuit
  • Obtained $1,300,000 settlement for beneficiaries in trust/estate litigation
  • Won $1,125,000 arbitration award for sellers in sale of business dispute
  • Won $722,000 bankruptcy court judgment for debtor/borrower on wrongful foreclosure claim, affirmed on appeals to District Court and Ninth Circuit
  • Won $1,677,000 jury verdict for owner in real property condemnation action