Why Wendel?

The answer is interesting work and great people.

When considering where you would like to take your career, consider also where you would like to take your life. Our work lives constitute a large percentage of how we spend our time and with whom we associate. Interesting work and great people are the main reasons that most of us choose to work here.

Simply put, we want to practice excellent law. We want to have fun doing it. We want to earn a reasonable living.

While this may seem simplistic, it really represents the reasons most attorneys practice law. The profession provides challenging, interesting work. Compared to most endeavors, the law provides a good living, social status and a modicum of independence. It usually results in a long workday, but provides the opportunity to schedule free time in a flexible and personal way. Thus, our mission is to increase profitability and improve the delivery of legal services without sacrificing quality of life. Attracting more challenging work will keep us interested. Working with a great team of people makes it fun.


Wendel Rosen supports a culture of diversity and is committed to the development of all attorneys in the firm. The firm's diversity policy requires all employees to respect differences, be they of age, race, nationality, ethnic group, sexual orientation, physical ability, health status, religion, educational-experience, marital or parental status.

The firm recognizes that the diversity of our work force is a resource, allowing us to tap a broad range of backgrounds, skills, knowledge and experience. The firm is committed to developing and using the diverse talents and energies of all its employees and to recruiting people who reflect the diversity of the United States and the greater Bay Area.

Firm management and administration encourage partners and associates to participate in leadership opportunities in a variety of business and community organizations whose purpose is to enhance the resources available to some of the region's more disenfranchised communities. At the same time, involvement in these organizations helps to develop the leadership skills, networks and resources of our attorneys. The firm is committed to being a good neighbor and a good corporate citizen.

For more information about Wendel's diversity, please visit our Diversity page.


Our main office is located in downtown Oakland, directly above the 12th Street BART station and across the street from City Center’s cafes, restaurants and shops.

Our Modesto office is located in the heart of the city at 1500 J Street, in close walking distance to many amenities. 

Living in the Bay Area

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Attorney Positions

Opportunities for Experienced Attorneys

Wendel Rosen is interviewing talented attorneys who have represented businesses and high net worth individuals for at least a decade to join our sophisticated, financially solid and entrepreneurial organization. 

We are looking for candidates who possess a strong client following and an established history of business development who would also work with our high-profile clients.

Our firm offers clients a reasonable rate structure, along with experienced attorneys who possess professional integrity and are devoted to client service. We offer a group of highly skilled attorneys to support your established practice, while encouraging professional independence. Our working environment is collegial and team-oriented.

If you are interested, please contact us by e-mailing All communications will be held in the strictest confidence. Principals only.


Current Positions

We do not have any current positions posted at this time.

Law Students

The firm accepts a limited number of law students. For inquires, please contact recruiting.

Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program
Wendel Rosen has made a commitment over the years to the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program.  The program is a joint project of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA), the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) and the Contra Costa Bar Association (CCCBA).  Given the historic under-representation of minority lawyers in large law firms, the program seeks to provide a means for exposing minority law students to large law firms and vice versa.  Wendel Rosen attorneys were among the original organizers of the program, when the program first expanded to include firms in Alameda County in 1993.  We continue to participate to this day.

Professional Staff


Chief Operating Officer


The Chief Operating Officer (COO) reports to the Management Committee for policy setting and the Managing Partner for day-to-day operations. The COO is responsible for managing the overall business operations of the firm, which currently employs 70 attorneys and is headquartered in Oakland, California.  In addition to overall responsibility for financial planning and controls, human resources, technology, and facilities, the COO identifies and plans for the changing needs of the organization; shares responsibility with the appropriate partners for strategic planning, practice management and marketing; and contributes to cost-effective management throughout the organization.

The COO will have primary responsibility and authority to lead and administer the following important functions of the firm, whether directly or through a management team:

Finance: Planning, forecasting, budgeting, variance analysis, profitability analysis, financial reporting, general ledger accounting, billing and collections, cash flow control, banking relationships, investment, tax planning, tax reporting, trust accounting, payroll, pension and retirement plans and any other financial management functions.

Human Resources:  Recruiting, hiring, training and development, performance evaluation, salary administration, employee relations, motivation, counseling, disciplining, discharging, benefits administration, workers’ compensation, personnel data systems, job design, resource allocation and other human resource management functions for the legal, paralegal and support staff.

Systems and Information Technology:  Systems analysis, operational audits, cost/benefit analyses, computer systems design, programming and systems development, information services, records management, library management, office automation, document construction systems, information storage and retrieval, telecommunications, litigation support, legal practice systems and other systems management functions.

Facilities:  Space planning and design, lease negotiations, equipment acquisition and vendor selection, purchasing, inventory control, reprographics, records storage, reception/switchboard services, telecommunications, mail, messenger and other facilities management functions.

As a member of the firm’s management team, the COO manages and/or contributes significantly to the following:

Operations/Management: Including strategic and tactical planning, business development, risk management, quality control, organizational development, firm planning processes and other general management functions.

Practice Management: Lawyer recruiting, training, mentoring and professional development, legal assistant supervision, work product quality control, professional standards, substantive practice systems and other practice management functions.

Marketing: Client profitability analysis, business development, public relations, collateral materials, website design and development, analyzing and forecasting business opportunities, event management, client relations, marketing legal services and enhancing the firm’s visibility and image in the desired markets.


Knowledge and Experience: A minimum of 5 years’ management experience in a law office or other professional services organization, such as a CPA or consulting firm, with experience managing business operations, such as human resources, technology, facilities, finance or marketing.

Skills and Abilities:  Effective organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. The ability to identify and analyze complex issues and problems in management areas and recommend and implement solutions. Strong human resources and financial skills. Excellent supervisory and leadership skills, with a demonstrated ability and willingness to delegate. A “firm first” attitude and mindset.

Education: Graduation from a recognized college or university with major course work in business administration or management, finance, human resources, technology, marketing, or comparable work experience.  An MBA or CPA degree would be a plus, as would any professional certifications, such as HR Certification or the Certified Legal Manager (CLM)SM designation.

COMPENSATION: Salary will be commensurate with experience and credentials.


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Even when we have no specific current openings, we are always looking for top people to join our team. If you think that you might make a good fit with the firm, please don't hesitate to contact us.

For staff positions, please submit your resume to:

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
1111 Broadway, 24th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

or e-mail:


Principals only. Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster.