Insights
Firm News

Farella Braun + Martel Partner Richard Van Duzer Appointed To Hearthstone Board of Directors

April 19, 2006 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, April 19, 2006 – Farella Braun + Martel Partner Richard Van Duzer has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Hearthstone, the nation’s largest institutional investor in for-sale residential development.  Van Duzer's addition to Hearthstone's Board is part of an overall growth plan for the San Rafael, Calif.-based company.

Van Duzer, who joined Farella Braun + Martel in 1988, has a complex civil litigation practice, emphasizing the construction, real estate and wine industries.  He currently leads the firm’s litigation practice in its St. Helena office and is a member of its Advisory Board.  He is also a past member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  Van Duzer represents contractors, public and private owners, subcontractors, and design professionals in large construction claims and complex construction defects disputes.  He also counsels parties in a variety of real estate and land use matters, including commercial and residential sales disputes, partnership disagreements and dissolutions, partition actions, commercial landlord/tenant suits, easement and boundary claims, CC&R enforcement actions, and local land use entitlement and fee protests.  In addition, Van Duzer has represented numerous wineries, grape growers, nurseries and other wine industry businesses.

Van Duzer obtained his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School (1987) and a B.A., with honors, from College of Wooster (1984).  He was a law clerk for The Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Hearthstone is the largest institutional investor in residential development projects in the United States with more than $10 billion committed to the industry.  Founded in 1992, Hearthstone has financed more than 430 communities in 80 markets in 20 states representing nearly 75,000 homes and lots and 40 builders.  It manages a substantial source of investment capital from public and private pension plans, university endowments, Fortune 100 companies and large private trusts.

Since its founding in 1962, Farella Braun + Martel has achieved a national reputation for the acumen of its business practice, the high-profile cases of its complex commercial litigation practice and its prestigious client base. Based in San Francisco, the firm serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses. The firm also has an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry and related businesses.

Press Contacts:
Melinda Faith / Traci Stuart                                            Cheryl Loof
Allison Blattel Professional Services Group              Farella Braun + Martel
415.397.4811                                                                   415.954.4433
[email protected] / [email protected]        [email protected] 

Firm Highlights

Publication

Downtown Oakland Slated for Increased Development

The City of Oakland spent the last four years developing the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan to address growth and revitalization of the downtown area over the next 20 years and to ensure that development...

Read More
Publication

Newly Adopted California Housing Laws – Assembly Bill 1485 Streamlining the Permit Process for Housing Developments

On January 1, 2020, several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor take effect. We will explain the upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first update...

Read More
Publication

Upcoming Changes to California Housing Laws – AB 1482 Tenant Protection Act

The Governor recently signed into law several housing-related bills adopted during the 2019-2020 state legislative session. At the start of the session, approximately 200 housing-related bills were introduced, mostly from Bay Area legislators. Many of these...

Read More
Publication

Accessory Dwelling Units Authorized in New Construction

New legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on June 18 now authorizes the addition of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in new construction projects for single-family homes and multi-family buildings. The City...

Read More
News

Farella’s Don Sobelman Assists South Valley Islamic Center to Secure Cordoba Center Mosque and Cemetery Project Approval

Don Sobelman
Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2020 Partner Elevations

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, Calif., January 21, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of senior associates Evan Abrams, Lauren Galbraith, and Alex Reese to the partnership...

Read More
News

Farella Assists San Francisco Flower Mart With Development Project

Farella Braun + Martel represented the master tenant of the San Francisco Flower Mart in renegotiating its agreements with Kilroy Realty Corp., including a long-term master lease to permanently relocate the Flower Mart to...

Read More
Publication

New California Housing Laws: AB 68 Accessory Dwelling Units

On January 1, 2020, several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor take effect. We will explain the upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first update...

Read More
News

Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition

C.J. Higley was mentioned in the article, "Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition."  According to the article, the Transbay district Parcel F tower would include 165 condos, 189...

Read More
Publication

Newly Adopted California Housing Laws - Senate Bill 330 Housing Crisis Act

Ahead of the January 1, 2020 effective date for several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor, we will explain upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first...

Read More