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Brian Leigh DeWitt

Real estate Attorney at Napa, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brian

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    entity formation, including limited liability companies, corporations and partnerships; negotiation and drafting of business agreements; business counseling; drafting of sharehholder agreements, buy-sell agreements; business disputes and business litigation

    35 years, 100 cases

  2. Land use and zoning
    Obtaining governmental approvals such as use permits, plan amendments, zoning changes in connection with real estate use and ownership

    35 years, 20 cases

  3. Litigation
    Litigation involving all kinds of business practices and business disputes, all kinds of real estate litigation, landlord-tenant, boundary disputes, lis pendens law. Extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations.

    35 years, 75 cases

  4. Real estate
    Land use, real estate transactions, real estate litigation, subdivisions, HOA representation, construction defect litigation, commercial leasing, commercial landlord-tenant

    35 years, 150 cases

  5. Appeals
    Civil writs and appeals; appellate litiagtion in California state and federal courts

    35 years, 10 cases

  6. Limited liability company (LLC)
    Advise clients in connection with forming, operating and dissolving limited liability companies in California

    35 years, 100 cases

  7. Securities and investment fraud
    Lawsuits and FINRA arbitrations against securities brokers in connection with loss of investment due to fraud, negligence, fiduciary breach, churning, over-concentration, unsuitable investment

    35 years, 2 cases

  8. Trademark application
    Obtaining federal and state trademark and service mark

    35 years, 15 cases

I regularly represent individuals and businesses in a wide range of transactional matters including Land Use (such as zoning, use permit applications, Winery Definition Ordinance issues, CEQA issues), Real Estate (including acquisitions and dispositions, financings, deeds of trust, construction, mechanic's liens, commercial leasing, title issues, easements, boundaries, tenancies-in-common, real estate broker liability, DRE licensing), Wine Law, Corporate Formation and Governance and Trademark Applications.  I also handle litigation matters involving Real Estate, Land Use, Commercial Law and Creditors' Rights.



Coombs & Dunlap LLP
1211 Division Street
Napa, CA, 94559
Coombs & Dunlap LLP
1312 Oak Avenue
Saint Helena, CA, 94574
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Posted by Paul | October 22, 2009
Intelligent, Diligent and Accessible
Brian Dewitt is an attorney who clearly understands and respects the judicial system. He does not use theatrics, grandeur, ridicule or sarcasm to present his arguments. He uses the law and the facts which he meticulously researches and presents to the court in explicit and comprehensible detail. Brian represented me in a lawsuit in which the defendants were found guilty by a jury of fraud, collusion, breach of fiduciary responsibility and conversion. It was his tireless investigation and researching of thousands of documents, questioning of witnesses and his ability to explain to the court what he discovered that brought about this verdict. Brian continues to represent and advise me in my various business activities. He promptly returns my calls either by phone or e-mail and , most important, keeps me up to date on the progress he is making on my behalf. I have a son who is a defense attorney, a public defender. He has told me that the most important job of an attorney is to truthfully communicate and explain the law to his clients so they realistically understand what is happening to them and what to expect according to the law. Brian does this. I have no reservations in recommending him as a most competent attorney.
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Posted by Stu | October 16, 2009
A Good Guy...
We had Brian successfully apply for two trademarks. One of the trademarks took a special effort on Brian's part and he was a good communicator through out the process. I highly recommend Brian!
Posted by Pamela | October 16, 2009
Exceptionallhy competent, responsive and personable...simply the BEST!!!!
I cannot say enough how grateful I am to Brian DeWitt for his personalized and expert support in addressing legal questions and carrying out the complicated tasks of gathering, filing and processing detailed paperwork related to my professional practice.He is not only an exceptionally competent attorney, but also incredibly personable and responsive each and every time I reach out to him for help. It is reassuring to know that I can rely on Brian whenever legal questions and issues arise.
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Posted by Teresa | October 14, 2009
Brian Dewitt
My family has dealt with Brian for many years with our legal real estate needs, both seeking advice and for help to solve difficult issues. Brian has never let us down with his help. We have found him sincere, professional and concerned.


  • Hourly Rates $ 350-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)


  • Stanford Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Oxford University
  • M. Phil.
  • 1985
  • University of California - Santa Cruz
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • Napa Valley Wine Library Association
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Napa County Law Library Board of Trustees
  • Trustee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Napa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section, Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Subsection
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • ParentsCan
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Honors and Awards

  • Overseas Research Scholar Award
  • Oxford University
  • 1984
  • Overseas Research Scholar Award
  • Oxford University
  • 1983

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