Daniel S. GonzalesOf Counsel
Real Estate, Business
With twenty-five years in private practice, Daniel S. Gonzales is a skilled and effective counselor and advocate. For the past fifteen years, Mr. Gonzales’s focus has been on real estate and business law on behalf of public agencies, private institutions, and commercial enterprises in their transactional matters.
Mr. Gonzales represents developers, landowners and investors in the development and commercial use of real property. He has extensive experience in negotiating and writing long-term ground leases, commercial, retail, industrial, office, and shopping center leases, and secured financing agreements for commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential real estate, shopping centers and office buildings, as well as representing both buyers and sellers of such holdings in the negotiation, documentation, due diligence and closing of their purchase, sale and exchange transactions. His expertise also includes planning and structuring corporations, general and limited partnerships, and limited liability companies for use in real estate projects, disposition and development agreements, co-ownership arrangements, escrow and title matters, boundary disputes, financing workouts, brokerage issues, construction and architectural contracts, mechanic’s liens, landlord/tenant issues, zoning, entitlement and subdivision matters, land use and environmental issues (including, inter alia, CEQA and CERCLA), water law, easements and real property tax assessment appeals. A substantial amount of Mr. Gonzales’s practice has included representation of California community college districts in the commercial development of their surplus lands, including analysis of the financial and legal implications of such projects, together with advice and counsel on related public agency law matters (including Brown Act issues, conflict of interest issues, Civic Center Act issues, Public Records Act issues, public financing issues, and public contracting issues).
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Stanford Law School, Mr. Gonzales is a Notre Dame Scholar, a National Merit Scholar, and a National Hispanic Scholar, and was Managing Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law and President of the Stanford International Law Society. Mr. Gonzales is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Tax Court. Mr. Gonzales has also been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America, and holds a Martindale-Hubbell rating.
In the community, Mr. Gonzales has served for many years on the corporate boards of YMCA of Silicon Valley and Senior Housing Solutions, Inc., an elder housing nonprofit, where he was elected to several terms as board president. He also served as a volunteer mediator as a member of the City of Menlo Park Community Mediation Service for nearly ten years, and chaired that agency for several years as well.
Mr. Gonzales is a longtime member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and has served in a number of leadership roles, including chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Minority Access (now Diversity) Committee and member of the Long Range Planning Committee and Quality of Life Task Force. He is currently a member of its Fair Election Practices Commission, which is charged with resolving judicial election campaign complaints.
For relaxation, Mr. Gonzales is an avid amateur musician, playing rock, blues and jazz guitar and keyboards; at the 35th Anniversary of the Summer of Love concert held at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, California, he performed onstage with the ‘60s hit musical group the Beau Brummels.
Review these testimonials from some of Mr. Gonzales’ clients. They have written about the quality of his representation and the character of their working relationships with him.