Solving complex problems for sophisticated clients over 45 years.

Who I am

Robert (Bob) Stein specializes in the areas of business organization, commercial transactions, real estate leasing and finance and loan workouts and related tax issues.

Bob has extensive experience in representing financial institutions, real estate developers, real estate investors, and office, shopping center, hotel and business park owners in major transactions; resolving troubled loans for both lenders and borrowers; and organizing, reorganizing, merging and dissolving business entities and resolving ownership disputes and issues of management succession in family businesses.

What I do

Real Estate

Bob has represented lenders, borrowers, land owners, lessors and lessees  in purchasing, selling, leasing, subdividing and developing commercial and residential property throughout California.


Bob has represented individuals and corporations in connnection with the formation, dissolution, purchase and sale of businesses in a wide variety of industries throughout the country.  He has represented major clients in the hospitality industry, in food services and in technology.  Bob has also represented international companies doing business in the United States and professional service providers, including physicians, attorneys and accountants.

Family Businesses

 Bob has counseled individuals in connection with succession issues in family-run businesses in a wide variety of industries, including real property development.

Notable Successes

Represented developer and manager of two downtown boutique hotels. Campton Place in San Francisco and Checkers in Los Angeles, and the developer of the Carneros Inn in Napa.  Served as local counsel for the sale of two major San Francisco hotels and represented major national hotel chains.

Represented Asian food product import and distribution company and its founder in their efforts to prepare the business for sale.  Negotiated and documented the sale to a public company for almost $100 million.

Represented the owner of Greenleaf Produce, the San Francisco Bay Area’s most successful distributor of premium and organic fruit, vegetable and gourmet products in the sale of the company to an investment group.  Negotiated continuing equity stake and management role for the owner after the sale.


BA, Political Science, magna cum laude
Yale University (1970)

JD, Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall)
University of California, Berkeley (1974)

Areas of Practice

Real Estate
Family Businesses
Non-Public Company Mergers and Acquisitions


Real Estate Investment
Real Estate Development
Financial Services
Food & Beverage

Contact Me

How can I help?

Phone: 415.806.5021

11 Eucalyptus Rd
Berkeley, CA 94705