The Latham Square Building
1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (510) 273-8880
Fax: (510) 588-4673
Attorneys and Mediators
HAROLD P. (PETER) SMITH
1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 210
Oakland, California 94612
Telephone: (510) 273-8901
Mobile: (510) 418-4942
University Of San Francisco School Of Law, San Francisco, California. J.D. May 1986.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. B.A, Economics, June 1982. Tennis Team 1978-1982, Delphic Club 1979-1982.
State Bar of California, Member in good standing, December 1986 to current.
Super Lawyers. Recognized as having attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 2014-2018.
The Mediation Society of Northern California. 2016 to present.
Smith LLP, Oakland, California. Partner.
Practice Areas: Mediation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution, facilities development and land use, corporate governance, election law, construction and real estate litigation, and rights of adjoining property owners. August 2014 to present.
Dhillon & Smith LLP, San Francisco, California. Partner.
Practice Areas: facilities development and land use, business consulting, corporate governance, election law, commercial litigation, construction and real estate litigation, employment disputes, personnel rules, collective bargaining agreements, discrimination and wrongful termination claims, first amendment claims, rights of adjoining property owners and dispute resolution. November 2006 to July 2014.
Law Offices of Harold P. Smith, Oakland, California. Partner.
Practice Areas: construction and real estate litigation, commercial litigation, land use, facilities development, business consulting and dispute resolution. August 2002 to November 2006.
Stein, Smith, Rudser & Cohen, LLP, Oakland, California. Partner.
Practice Areas: land use, facilities development, government contracting, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, business consulting, compliance with OSHA requirements, and dispute resolution. Responsible for administrative, financial, marketing and emerging technology matters within the firm. September 1997 to August 2002.
Stein & Smith, Oakland, California. Partner.
Practice Areas: land use, privatization and conversion, construction, product liability, real estate, intellectual property and commercial litigation. June 1992 to September 1997.
Birka-White & Stein, Oakland, California. Senior Associate.
Practice Areas: land use and construction, product liability, real estate and commercial litigation. December 1989 to June 1992.
California State Legislature, Joint Legislative Audit Committee, Sacramento and Oakland, California. Counsel.
Areas of specialization: planning, transportation, public safety, and education. January 1989 to November 1989.
Alameda County District Attorney, Oakland, California. Deputy District Attorney. December 1986 to January 1989. Certified Law Clerk, December 1988 to May 1989.
Dispute Resolution Training, Programs, and Certifications
Federal District Court, Northern District of California, Certificate of completion of the Court’s Mediation Training Program. March, 2011. Mediation Panel member March 2011 to present.
Contra Costa Superior Court, Discovery Facilitator, April, 2017 to present.
Alameda County Superior Court, Unlawful Detainer Mediator, July, 2017 to present.
California Association of Realtors, Mediator, January 2018 to present.
University of California, Berkeley, University Extension, Certificate of Participation in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Ron Kelly, Forty hours of instruction, September and October 2001.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Getting to Yes – Harvard Negotiation Project, Roger Fisher, 1981.
Planning Commission, City of Oakland, California, Commissioner, February 1991 to June 1996, including two one-year terms as Chair. Decided all major real estate, development, zoning and land use issues in the City, including extensive use of mediation and dispute resolution training.
General Plan Congress, City of Oakland, California, Chair, September 1993 to March 1998. Chaired 32 member citizen committee that reached consensus agreement on 97 out of 100 policies and drafted the general plan for the City of Oakland with the goal of revitalizing downtown, waterfront, industrial and commercial areas and creating opportunities for transit oriented development.
Claremont Country Club, Oakland, California, Board of Directors, November 2011 to October 2014, Club President, June 2013 to October 2014. Ex Officio November 2014 to November 2016.
The Head Royce School, Oakland, California, Board of Trustees, Board Member, 2004 to 2013 and 2016 to present, Vice Chair, 2010 to 2012, Executive Committee, 2010 to 2012 and 2016 to present, Facilities and Community Relations Committee, Chair 2010 to 2012 and 2005 to 2008, Search Committee for new Head of School, 2009, Search Committee for new Head of School, 2016, Education Policies Committee, Chair 2008 to 2009, Ex Officio Member of the Board as Alumni Council President, 1988 to 1991.
Davis Street Family Resource Center, San Leandro, California, Board Member, February 2017 to present, Executive Committee Member, July, 2017 to present.
Youth Tennis Advantage, San Francisco, California, Board Member, July 2014 to present.
Estuary Plan Advisory Committee, Oakland, California, Member, 1997-1998. Drafted plan for the redevelopment of Oakland’s waterfront district.
Task Force on Community Restoration & Emergency Preparedness, Oakland, California, Chair, Planning & Zoning Committee, 1991-1992. Led effort to modify zoning and planning provisions to encourage the rebuilding of the Oakland hills following the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire.
Oakland Commerce Corporation, Oakland, California, Board of Directors, July 1992 to June 2000. Assisted businesses interested in relocating or expanding within Oakland.
Coliseum Redevelopment Advisory Committee, Oakland, California, January 1992 to June 2000. Assisted in the creation of a redevelopment program for the Coliseum area.
Metropolitan Task Force on Downtown Redevelopment, Oakland, California, December 1992 to May 1993. Assisted in drafting plan for the expenditure of redevelopment funds in downtown Oakland.
Alameda Contra Costa Transit District, Oakland, California, Publicly elected member of the Board of Directors, December 1986 to January 1988. Served on the governing body of transit district representing Ward III.
The Head Royce School, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. 1991.
The 100 Club of the East Bay, Member, December 2013 to present.
Stanford Law School, J-Term Instructor, Advocacy Skills Workshop, January 1998, January 1999.
"Oakland Should Consider Mixed-Use Projects Downtown," Oakland Tribune, Editorial Page, "Counterpoint," July 12, 1992, Page C-10.
"Are You Covered For Your Contractor's Mistakes?" Alameda County Apartment Owners News Magazine, Barron's Publications, August, 1992, Page U.
"The Downtown Revitalization Plan," Focus on Business, Oakland Chamber of Commerce, June 1994, Page 14.
“An Attorney Looks at Downtown Development,” Oakland Business Review, Jan. 1999, Page 15.
“Working with Business Groups, Chambers and CBOs to Achieve Economic Development,” League of California Cities 1998 Economic Development Conference, Monterey, California, August 28, 1998.
“Balancing Regulations and Incentives: Transit-Friendly Development,” Rail~Volution ’98, Portland, Oregon, September 15, 1998.
“Avoiding the NIMBY Freight Train: Developing Good Neighbor Relations With Collaborative Planning,” Western Museums Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, California, October 12, 2007.
Selected Career Highlights
References furnished upon request.