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Pamela Schock Mintzer

Pamela Schock Mintzer is our firm’s Director of Professional Development.  In her role, she works with firm associates to ensure they develop the skills and expertise necessary for their chosen practice areas – guiding them to future partnership roles. Engaging with firm leaders, including the firm’s C-Suite, mentors and practice group leaders, Pamela ensures that our associates gain practical experience, valuable feedback, and exciting opportunities.

After almost 30 years of practice in business litigation, Pamela pivoted to her current role in order to share her profound knowledge with the next generation of legal professionals. In her former role, Pamela worked with public agencies to overcome the challenges inherent in public projects, working from early stages, through trial and beyond, to help deliver major infrastructure projects on time and on budget. This experience serves Pamela well as she guides our attorneys to fulfilling life-long careers. She takes great pride in “teaching our young attorneys the things they aren’t taught in law school,” and seeing these individuals become remarkable advocates for the clients of our firm.

Pamela works out of our Oakland office and is an active supporter, volunteer, and appreciator of all things San Francisco Bay Area.


  • J.D., J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University
  • B.A., Mills College


  • Simultaneously led three separate project teams to obtain, in under six months, necessary
    property interests from over 75 parcels of land prior to state deadlines, which secured more
    than $225 million in funds for the projects
  • Trial counsel for the acquisition of land for a major highway project with a jury verdict
    below the agency’s final settlement offer
  • Represents large bay area city acquiring property interests in series of matters involving
    complex project and environmental challenges, nuanced valuation issues, and short
    funding deadlines
  • Counsels multinational corporations and landowners in successful negotiations with
    condemning agencies
  • Defeated within thirty days a lawsuit against the public agencies involved in a major public
    transportation project to the south bay, which sought to stop the project’s funding, saving
    the agencies considerable litigation costs and allowing the project to secure funding and
    begin construction.


  • Forever Influential Women in Business, San Francisco Business Times, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2016-2018, 2020
  • Northern California Super Lawyers®, 2015-2017
  • California’s Top 50 Development, Land Use and Municipal Infrastructure Lawyers, Daily
    Journal, August 2014
  • Included in the Law 360 “Female Powerbroker Series,” February 2014
  • Most Influential Women in Business, San Francisco Business Times, 2013


  • Member, Board of Trustees, East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo)
  • Chair, Planning Committee, East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo)
  • Member, Hastings Leadership Academy for Women
  • Member, WTS International
  • Member, Board of Directors, Neighborhood Law Corps Foundation
  • Member, International Right of Way Association, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
  • Member, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Leadership Oakland 2000, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, American Inns of Court
  • Chair, GenRep Board, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Event Chair and Member, Fall Fundraiser Committee, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association


  • California
  • All State and Federal Courts in the State of California