1981 N. Broadway, Suite 320
Walnut Creek, California 94596
(925) 947-4347 (925) 947-6636 (fax) (e-mail)


LaPietra & Nerland, Walnut Creek, California

A business and real estate consulting and litigation practice.

I have experience negotiating and drafting a wide variety of contracts, including commercial leases, partnership agreements, real estate sales agreements, and software licensing and marketing agreements.

I have tried cases arising out of broker liability, engineering negligence, and land-use. I have litigated cases arising under the Lanham Act, the California Subdivision Map Act, and the Stark/Speier anti-referral statutes.

I am certified as a fee arbitrator by the State Bar of California and Contra Costa County.


University of California -- Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, California
Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 1989.
Order of the Coif; Thurston Society.
Dean's Discussion Group Leader -- Property.

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
Bachelor of Arts, Classics, June 1986.


Walnut Creek Library Foundation; Board of Directors 2015-present; President 2018-present

Center for the Education of the Infant Deaf, Berkeley, California
Board of Directors -- 1992-2000; President 1998-1999.


California State Bar, 1989.
United States District Court, Northern District, 1989.
United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit, 1989.
United States District Court, Eastern District, 1991.