Jay Wallace

Jay Wallace

Of Counsel since 2011
San Rafael, California

Jay joined the Lesser Law Group in 2011 as Of Counsel. Prior to joining the Lesser Law Group, Jay ran a successful private equity real estate fund, managed a successful government relations company, and served as a real estate, business and commercial litigator for many years.

Jay's real estate practice currently encompasses real estate transactions, entitlements, regulatory approvals, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Quality Act (NEPA) compliance and litigation, and landlord representation. Jay's business and corporate practice currently involves business formation, development and corporate governance, government affairs and public private partnerships, and some IP drafting and product protection. Jay's litigation practice focuses on real estate and commercial disputes.

Jay has negotiated and documented business and real property purchase and sale agreements, public private partnership agreements, and corporate formation documents, managed complicated governmental and regulatory matters, obtained entitlement approvals and tried jury trials, arbitrations and mediations to successful resolutions. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized firms, private equity firms, start-ups and individual entrepreneurs in these matters.

Jay participated in creating the award winning Treasure Island development project in 2000 and currently co-manages entitlements and regulatory matters for that development. He also negotiated the acquisition of The Aquarium of the Bay/PIER 39 in 2007 and its sale in 2009, helped to form two IP based start-up companies in 2010-20111, and negotiated the acquisition of a small boutique hotel in Sonoma County 2012 and a mid-sized media company in 2012.

Prior to joining the Lesser Law Group, Jay was the Executive Vice President of a private equity real estate fund from 2000-2009, and a lawyer in both public and private practice from 1985-2000. Jay received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1985, and undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Pitzer College in 1979.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Transactions and Development
  • Business Formation, Acquisitions and Governance
  • Regulatory and Governmental Affairs
  • Real Estate and Commercial Litigation


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California - 1985
  • Pitzer College
    • Philosophy and Political Science - 1979

Honors and Awards

  • participated in creating the award winning Treasure Island development project , 2000 - Present