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Daniel Rottinghaus is a litigation partner and represents commercial and residential real estate clients in construction defect and complex litigation. A representative list of commercial clients includes The Irvine Company and Irvine Apartment Communities, Intuit, Olen Residential Realty Properties, ProLogis, John Hancock Corporate Realty, Friedkin Realty Group, Trinity Properties, The Lurie Company, and Shorenstein Realty L.P. He has through the years represented numerous homeowner associations including One Embarcadero South, The Radiance, The Sutterfield, and Baycrest Towers in San Francisco, The Essex on Lake Merritt and The Sierra at Jack London Square in Oakland, Summit at Serramonte and Palo Alto Central East on the San Francisco peninsula, and Iron Horse, Meadowcrest, Snowcrest, The Resort at Squaw Creek, Timber Ridge, Trailside and Northstar Village in the Northstar-Lake Tahoe area.


His practice includes representation of affordable housing apartment developers, including Mission Housing Development Corporation, EAH, Inc., and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. He has also been counsel for claimants in class action cases involving defective products including hardboard siding, Blangeres v. Stimson Lumber Company, King County Superior Court, State of Washington; fire sprinklers, Trinity Properties v. Central Sprinkler Company, United States District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Sutterfield Owners Association v. Tyco International, San Francisco Superior Court; and roofing products, Weiner v. Shake Company of California, Contra Costa County Superior Court; Shah v. Recon Building Products, Contra Costa County Superior Court. He is currently representing a class of 167 owners in the Millennium Tower litigation for fraud in the sale of the units. Recently, he resolved a trilogy of large apartment cases for a single client collecting over $120 million, and, in total, he has collected for his clients more than one-half billion dollars.



Legal History

Partner, Berding|Weil 1995 to present; 1987-1994. Captain, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. (Washington D.C., Japan, Korea, Kansas and Georgia). Special Task Force legal advisor with U.S. State Department (Washington D.C.). Lead attorney for U.S. Army cases involving multi-billion dollar Iranian claims arising from security assistance provided to Iran under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program of the United States. He earned Department of State Superior Honor Award (1993) in recognition of efforts defending the interests of the United States of America.



Educational History

  • Masters in Law (LL.M) from Georgetown University School of Law (1993)
  • Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law (1987)
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (1984)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (1984)



Other Biographical Information

  • He formerly served as a Board Member for the Consumer Attorneys of California (formerly the California Trial Lawyers Association)
  • He was counsel with Trial Lawyers Care, Inc. representing victims pro bono in the World Trade Center 9-11 catastrophe and secured two million-dollar plus verdicts on behalf of plaintiff clients he represented
  • Named Northern California SuperLawyer 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015*, 2016*, 2017*, and 2018 (*including the Business Editions)
  • Former U.S paratrooper in the U.S. Army
  • PADI-Certified Open Water Diver
  • Nominated for Selection to The Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum for The Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Selected for membership, Lawyers of Distinction (2017)
  • Fellow of the prestigious Construction Lawyers Society of America (2018)
  • America's Top 50 Lawyers - Construction Law (2022)



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‭(925) 838-2090



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Daniel L. Rottinghaus - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Construction Law - California

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