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Jeremy Lester Olsan

Jeremy Lester Olsan

also known as Jeremy Olsan

About me

I am an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated attorney*

Areas of Practice:

I practice in the areas of real estate, business transactions, construction transactions, commercial property leasing, and land use law.

After being admitted to the State Bar of California in 1991, I began practice as a litigation Attorney in Southern California.  In 1993, I joined the office of Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher and Gray in Santa Rosa, where I practiced civil litigation, and counseled clients in real estate and business matters.  I became a partner there in 1998.  I have negotiated and documented many significant real estate and business transactions, including purchases, sales, leasing and construction of shopping centers, office buildings, wineries, vineyards, ranches, development and subdivision land, estate homes, and the single largest conservation land acquisition in Sonoma County history. I also practice in the area of business formation and sales, construction law, land use, zoning and planning. I represent for-profit and nonprofit businesses, academic institutions, and homeowners’ associations in corporate, governance, and real estate matters. My practice also includes representing real estate brokerage firms and associations of REALTORS® regarding corporate and disclosure issues and broker risk management. I also assist clients who are negotiating with governmental agencies in real estate transactions, including condemnation-related matters.


Representative Clients:
I have represented and continue to represent private individuals, non-profits, businesses, academic institutions, real estate industry associations, and governments, including the Sonoma Land Trust, Codding Enterprises, Sonoma State University Academic Foundation, Sonoma State Enterprises, the North Bay Association of REALTORS®, the Marin Association of REALTORS®, the City of Santa Rosa, W Real Estate, and Prudential California Realty.

Education and Membership:
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley (1987), and received my Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law (1991).  I served as the Executive Director of the California Advisory Commission on Cost Control in State Government (1986-1988).  I was a writer for the Pacific Law Journal’s Legislation Staff (1989-1990) and served on the Journal’s Board of Editors (1990-1991).  I am a member of the California State Bar (Real Property and Business Law Sections), and the Sonoma County Bar Association.  I am admitted to practice in the State of California, U.S. District Court Central District of California, U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court Northern  District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit.

Community Involvement:
I am the past President of the Board of Directors of Congregation Shomrei Torah, the largest Jewish congregation in the region, and I am an active volunteer with the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, where I served on the Board of Directors for 14 years.  I am also the past President of the Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Downtown Market.

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*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification  marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.  Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.






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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
    23 years, 450 cases
  2. Business: 30%
    23 years, 295 cases
  3. Mergers & Acquisitions: 10%
    15 years, 50 cases
  4. Construction & Development: 10%
    21 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($350-450/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I heartily endorse Jeremy. He is a thoughtful, thorough and well-versed practitioner, and is, simply, one of the very best lawyers I have ever worked with.


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Contact info

Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP

438 1st Street, 4th Floor
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated*Martindale-Hubbell (*
Best Lawyer-North Bay Bohemian Newspaper's Best of the North BayThe North Bay Bohemian Newspaper2010
Who's Who in Wine LawNorth Bay Business Journal2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPerry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP2009 - Present
Partner/DirectorAnderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher and Gray1998 - 2009
Associate AttorneyAnderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray1993 - 1998
Associate AttorneyHagenbaugh & Murphy1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Congregation Shomrei TorahPresident2007 - 2009
Congregation Shomrei TorahExecutive Committee Member2005 - 2013
State Bar of California, Business Law SectionMember1998 - Present
Volunteer Center of Sonoma CountyExecutive Committee1997 - 2000
Santa Rosa Downtown MarketPresident1997 - 1998
Volunteer Center of Sonoma CountyBoard of Directors1996 - 2009
Congregation Shomrei TorahBoard of Directors1996 - 2013
Visting Home CareBoard of Directors1993 - 1995
State Bar of California, Real Property Law SectionMember1993 - Present
Sonoma County Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Acquisition of Jenner Headlands by Sonoma Land TrustLargest conservation purchase in Sonoma County
Sale of Partial Interest in Coddintown Shopping Center to Simon Property GroupCompleted complex real estate/business transaction
Sale of 27,000 acre, 250+ parcel cattle ranchCompleted negotiation and sale of complex real property transaction
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pacific Law JournalMember, Board of Editors1991
Pacific Law JournalReview of Selected California Legislation1989
Pacific Law JournalReview of Selected Nevada Legislation1989
North Bay Association of REALTORS NewslettersLegal UpdateN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of California - BerkeleyEnglish LiteratureOther - Bachelors1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
REALTORS® Association Santa Rosa Chapter MeetingDual Agency and Pocket Listing Panel2014
North Bay Association of REALTORS® Broker-Manager MeetingsRecent Developments in Real Estate Law and Brokerage2014
REALTORS® Association Chapter Meetings/Broker-Manager MeetingsReal Estate Legal Update: Broker's Insight2013
Short Sale Boot CampShort Sale Boot Camp Ukiah: Legal Issues and Forms2012
Short Sale Boot CampShort Sale Boot Camp Santa Rosa: Legal Issues and Forms2012
NorBAR Country Property SeriesCountry Property Purchase/Sale/Brokerage Legal Issues2012
News ArticleNew Corporate Entities in California--Benefit and Flexible Purpose Corporations2012
News ArticleThe New California Foreclosure Laws2012
Northern California AAML MeetingReal Property Issues in the Family Law Context2011
North Bay Association of REALTORS SeminarReview of CAR Form Updates2011
KSRO's The Real Estate HourForeclosure and Short Sale Issues2011
Women's Council of REALTORS®Recent Developments in Real Estate Legislation and Brokerage Practice2010
Short Sales, Foreclosures and HAFA Presentation for REALTORS®Short Sales, Foreclosures and HAFA2010
KSRO's The Real Estate HourForeclosures, Short Sales, and related legal issues2010
2010 Board Member Boot Camp for Not-for-Profit OrganizationsCorporate Governance/Non-profit Corp. Management2010
Sonoma County Bar Assn Real Property Section MeetingShort Sales, REO Sales, and Related Legal Issues2009
Short Sale Panel Presentation for REALTORS®Short Sales and Foreclosure Law2009
Short Sale Panel PresentationShort Sales and Foreclosure Law2009
Short Sale Panel PresentationShort Sales and Foreclosure Law2009
REO Sales for REALTORS®REO Sales2009
REALTORS® Association Chapter Meetings/Broker-Manager MeetingsBroker/Agent Practices, Legal Updates, and Current Market Conditions2009
Distressed Properties: Foreclosures, Short Sales and REOsForeclosures, Short Sales and REOs2009
Risk Management in the Current Real Estate MarketBroker/Agent Practices re: Foreclosures, Short Sales, REO Sales, and Current Market Conditions2008
REALTORS® Association Chapter Meetings/Broker-Manager MeetingsBroker/Agent Practices, Legal Updates, and Current Market Conditions2008
REALTORS® Association Chapter Meetings/Broker-Manager MeetingsBroker/Agent Practices, Legal Updates, and Current Market Conditions2007
KSRO Radio--Real Estate Radio Show with Mike KellyBuying/Selling Residential Real Estate2007
REALTORS® Association Chapter Meetings/Broker-Manager MeetingsBroker/Agent Practices, Legal Updates, and Current Market Conditions2006
REALTORS® Association Chapter Meetings/Broker-Manager MeetingsBroker/Agent Practices, Legal Updates, and Current Market Conditions2005