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Daniel L. Rottinghaus

Daniel L. Rottinghaus



Areas of Practice

Daniel Rottinghaus is a litigation partner and represents commercial and residential real estate clients in construction defect and complex class litigation. A representative list of commercial client representations includes The Irvine Company and Irvine Apartment Communities, Intuit, Olen Residential Realty Properties, ProLogis/ Catellus, EAH, Inc. and John Hancock Corporate Realty., Friedkin Realty Group, Trinity Properties, The Lurie Company, and Shorenstein Realty L.P. He also has represented numerous homeowner associations including One Embarcadero South, The Radiance, The Sutterfield, and Baycrest Towers in San Francisco, The Essex on Lake Merritt and The Sierra at Jack London Square in Oakland, Summit at Serramonte and Palo Alto Central East on the peninsula, and Iron Horse, Meadowcrest, Snowcrest, The Resort at Squaw Creek, and Northstar Village in the Lake Tahoe area. He has also been involved as counsel for claimants on many class action cases involving defective products including hardboard siding, Richison v. Weyerhauser Company, San Joaquin County Superior Court; Carr v. Stimson Lumber Company, Alameda County Superior Court; Blangeres v. Stimson Lumber Company, King County Superior Court, State of Washington; fire sprinklers, Trinity Properties v. Central Sprinkler Company, United States District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Sutterfield Owners Association v. Tyco International, San Francisco Superior Court; roofing, Weiner v. Shake Company of California, Contra Costa County Superior Court; Shah v. Recon Building Products, Contra Costa County; and water heaters, Whitley v. Perfection Corporation, et al., United States District Court, Western District of Missouri. In Weiner v. Cal-Shake, Inc., he helped negotiate a $62 million settlement on behalf of homeowners in a roofing product class action; and in the same action against a recalcitrant insurance carrier, he assisted in the trial leading to a favorable jury verdict for homeowners.

Recently, he settled a large apartment case for over $38 million and in the past two-plus years he has secured over $64 million in recovery on construction defect claims for his clients.

Legal History

Partner, Berding|Weil 1995 to present; 1987-1994 U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. (Washington D.C., Japan, Korea, Kansas and Georgia). Special Task Force legal advisor with U.S. State Department (Washington D.C.). Lead attorney for U.S. Army cases involving multi-billion dollar Iranian claims arising from security assistance provided to Iran under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program of the United States. Earned Department of State Superior Honor Award in recognition of efforts defending the interest of the United States of America.

Educational History

Masters degree in Law (LL.M) from Georgetown University School of Law (1993).
Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law (1987).
Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering and Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (1984). [As an officer in the U.S. Army, studied military law at the University of Virginia School of Law (1988)].

Bar Memberships

Admitted to the Bars of California (1987) U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1987)
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (1988)
United States Army Court of Military Review (1988)
United States Supreme Court (1991)
District of Columbia (November 1993)
United States Tax Court (1993)
United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of Military Review (1994)
U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1996)

Special Interest Groups

American Trial Lawyers Association
Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)
Consumer Attorneys of California
District of Columbia Bar
Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO)
State Bar of California

He formerly served as a Board Member for the Consumer Attorneys of California (formerly the California Trial Lawyers Association). He was counsel with Trial Lawyers Care, Inc. representing victims pro bono in the World Trade Center 9-11 catastrophe. He secured two million dollar plus verdicts on behalf of plaintiff clients he represented.

Named Northern California SuperLawyer 2004-2009, 2014 and 2015.

Nominated for Selection to The Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum for The Top Trial Lawyers in America.

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