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William H. Leifer

                                                                                     ATTORNEY AT LAW



Current Position/Title        Member of the firm of Gilmore, Wood, Vinnard & Magness, 7108 N. Fresno St., Suite 410, Fresno, California 93720, (559) 448-9800.


Profession.      Attorney - Civil Law   - California Bar #059650 (licensed since l974)


Work History.       Current:   Attorney / Shareholder with Gilmore, Wood, et al.; sole practitioner from 1998 to 2006. Prior: Partner, Wild, Carter & Tipton, l980 to July 1998;  Attorney,  Fresno County Legal Services Office, l974 - 1980; Clerk, Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights under the Law  l974.


Experience.      Engaged in transactional and civil litigation (both plaintiff and defendant) in the areas of real estate (particularly commercial and residential landlord/tenant matters), construction and business related disputes.   Landlord tenant experience includes handling of unlawful detainers and complaints for rent in both residential and commercial settings and includes the negotiation of leases and litigation of commercial matters.  Landlord experience also includes bankruptcy landlord tenant matters including obtaining relief from stay orders.    


             Currently is called to sit as a judge pro tem in the local superior court handling settlement conferences; have previously acted as arbitrator for the superior court’s mandatory arbitration program.   Additionally, has mediated cases privately for attorneys in the valley.


Professional Licenses and Court Admissions.     Admitted to the California Bar, l974; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, U.S. District Court for Arizona; U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Tax Court, l976, U.S. Supreme Court


Professional Associations.     State Bar of California and Real Estate Subsection; Fresno County Bar Association; American Bar Association.  


Education.     University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. l970) University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA. (J.D. 1973)



Publications and Teaching.      Original co-author of the  CALIFORNIA RENTAL HOUSING REFERENCE BOOK,  published by the California Apartment Association;   past lecturer California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB -landlord tenant law).  In addition to the publication of articles on landlord tenant matters I am an approved lecturer for the California Apartment Association in the area of property management rules procedures and law and in the area of fair housing law. 


Community and Professional Affiliations.     I am a Proud Member of and was President of East Fresno Rotary (2002 – 2003);    Commissioner, Fresno City Housing Authority (Vice Chairperson);   past president of the Fresno Rental Housing Association, current Chair of the California Apartment Association Legal Fund Committee; Past board member of the Make a Wish Foundation (Fresno).  I am a member of the Better Business Bureau and local counsel for the BBB.  Past president of Temple Beth Israel in Fresno, California. Previously performed as a musician with the Fresno Philharmonic (string bass).


William H. Leifer


Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 50%
  2. Business: 25%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 25%

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Contact info

Gilmore Wood Vinnard & Magness

10 River Park Place East
Suite 240
Fresno, CA, 93720-2953


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Association namePosition nameDuration
California Apartment AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Fresno County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Apartment Association of Greater FresnoPresident1989 - 1991
Publication nameTitleDate
California Apartment AssociationCalifornia Rental Housing Reference Book1990
California Apartment AssociationCalifornia Rental Housing Reference Book1989
California Apartment AssociationCalifornia Rental Housing Reference Book1987
California Apartment AssociationCalifornia Rental Housing Reference Book1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970