Sidney A. Israels

Sid has extensive experience in real estate, business and regulatory matters. He represents a broad spectrum of clients, including title insurers and agents, healthcare providers, transportation logistics, food processors, lenders, agribusinesses, real estate investors and venture capital providers.

Not only working with startups, Sid works with well-established entities in negotiating and closing complex business deals involving mergers, acquisitions, sales, share and asset purchases, shareholder separations, joint ventures, and private placements.

He represents prospective business purchasers, and he has developed special skills in working with business founders, their families, and personal professional advisors. Sid’s involvement is usually characterized by team participation, excellent communication between participants resulting in expeditious and efficient documentation, often avoiding costly future misunderstandings.

Sid has been instrumental in developing a strong team at Fennemore Wendel to effectively represent title insurers and underwritten title insurance companies in regulatory matters before the California Department of Insurance. These matters include audit compliance and the obtaining of organizational permits and approvals for sales, mergers and acquisitions of underwritten title companies.

In addition, he has a particular passion for transportation issues, bringing experience and familiarity with matters involving logistics and infrastructure financing affecting shippers, retailers, rail carriers and land development projects.

A native of Modesto, California, Sid provides first-hand knowledge of the Great Central Valley’s changing demographics and connectivity to Fennemore Wendel’s clients and their expanding needs. Sid helped originate and maintains strong connections with Fennemore Wendel’s Modesto office. With considerable experience and knowledge of the Great Central Valley’s resources, challenges and opportunities, Sid has been involved in several projects, including agriculture research, food safety, farm equipment manufacturing, and public and private development partnerships.


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles – School of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley


Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

Our experienced agricultural attorneys provide a broad range of assistance to clients, both domestically and internationally, in many areas of agribusiness and agricultural law.

Our business attorneys recognize and appreciate the value of entrepreneurship and innovation, and are committed to providing efficient, straightforward and business-oriented solutions that facilitate success and avoid pitfalls while recognizing early capital is precious and expensive.

Serving ultra-high net worth individuals, families, and their business concerns.

The trusted partner for legal and regulatory counsel in the food & beverage industry.

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

Fennemore boasts a large and sophisticated client-focused Mergers and Acquisitions practice.


  • Regulatory Matters involving Title Insurers and Underwritten Title Companies



  • Board Member, Board of Trustees, UC Merced Foundation
  • Former Vice Chair, Real Property Section, The State Bar of California


  • California
  • U.S. District Court