Hanna & Van Atta

Hanna & Van Atta

Hanna & Van Atta is one of the most experienced law firms in California in real estate matters and the premier law firm in matters pertaining to common interest development in the State of California.

Firm Overview

Located in Palo Alto, California, the firm represents commercial and residential developers, land users, and the commercial real estate and home building industries throughout California. The firm assists its clients in the legal aspects of real estate development and transactions, including purchases and sales, joint ventures and partnerships, financing, commercial leasing, and land use and development matters. We also possess extensive expertise in the field of condominium projects and other common interest developments. The firm also represents community associations with respect to their legal concerns and operational requirements, and has formed over 2,000 community and home owners associations.

Please explore our website to learn more about the firm's practice areas and representative matters and clients, our experienced partners, and the publications they have authored. The firm's three partners offer over 100 years of combined experience as lawyers who have specialized in all aspects of legal representation in the fields of real estate law. We are committed to providing the highest level of legal expertise and effective legal representation to all of the clients we represent, including real estate developers throughout the Bay Area and California, and purchasers, sellers, lessors, and financers in Northern California.

Main Office

Main Office
525 University Ave, Suite 600
Palo Alto, CA 94301


(650) 321-5700

Real Estate

The firm's partners represent developers, financing entities, and investors in all aspects of commercial and residential development, including zoning, development permitting, state subdivision regulations, and complex project documentation.

Our expertise includes land use, subdivision, and development regulation throughout California. The firm assists clients in negotiating, structuring, and properly documenting real estate development transactions, and we perform the necessary legal due diligence required for investment in real estate development ventures and properties.

Additionally, our attorneys have served as legal counsel for several large-scale multiple phase residential and mixed use master planned communities and developments, including formation and operation of continuing care retirement developments. Representative clients include major home building organizations, lending institutions, title companies, international trade corporations, commercial, industrial, and residential real estate developers and investors.

William R. Garrett

Hanna & Van Atta

Mr. Garrett practices in a wide variety of areas of law, including Real Estate Transactions; Project Finance; Commercial Leasing; Workouts and Restructuring; Real Estate Litigation; Business and Commercial Litigation; and Construction Defect Litigation.


University of San Francisco School of Law
Juris Doctorate,