Pamela Schock Mintzer

Pamela counsels the firm’s public agency teams in their work on behalf of counties,
municipalities, transportation agencies, regulatory agencies, and other public entities.

As part of the firm’s public agency team, Pamela works with public agencies in matters
involving project planning, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and public agency law
and helps resolve legal issues related to funding, design, acquisition, and construction. She
assists agencies in overcoming the challenges inherent in public projects, working from early
stages, through trial and beyond, to help deliver public projects on time and on budget.


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


Experienced, forward-thinking advocates who go beyond the expected for clients in dispute prevention and resolution.

Fennemore’s seasoned eminent domain team provides advice and litigation support to both public entities and private land owners through all stages of project planning and acquisition.

Our regulatory attorneys have helped develop and define laws shaping our region for more than a century. We serve clients at all levels of state, county and municipal government as well as numerous federal agencies.

For More Than 137 Years – Helping Our Clients Realize Their Vision For Responsible Development In The American West


  • Public Agency
  • Transportation Agencies


  • 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