Michael A. Kvarme

Shareholder


Experience

Guiding innocent passengers down some of the world’s most thrilling whitewater seems like an improbable training ground for a lawyer. For Mike Kvarme, it encapsulated many of the skill sets required of an attorney.

“Navigating a treacherous stretch of river requires analysis of the obstacles and risk, proper planning and examining contingencies, and ultimately impeccable execution,” Mike notes. The same skills required in the more sedate and intellectually demanding practice of law.

Mike is a shareholder that concentrates on a transaction-based real estate, finance and business planning practice. He was managing shareholder of the firm from 2010 through 2017. Mike’s skill and success have been confirmed by clients and peers in recognitions as one of the Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyers (Real Estate and Business Counseling), Best Lawyer (Real Estate) and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer (Land Use and Zoning). He has been chosen frequently to write and lecture for the California Continuing Education of the Bar and other organizations.

Mike has been privileged to work on a number of significant projects in his career.

  • Sale of 621 Capitol Mall, a major trophy office building in Sacramento
  • Sale to the developer of the Amazon warehouse facility in Metro Air Park
  • Formation of the joint venture for the long-awaited development of the 800 Block of K Street
  • Formation of the development group for and acquisition of the remaining 1400 residential lots in Twelve Bridges
  • Tax exempt financing for B Street Theatre
  • Formation of the development entity for and acquisition of 10 office buildings on University Avenue from Hines
  • Lead counsel for the redevelopment of McClellan Air Force Base into one of the most successful military based conversions in the country
  • Billions of dollars in financing projects for lenders and borrowers
  • Development of Esquire Plaza, Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Rotunda Building (Sacramento), Residence Inn and Condominiums (Sacramento), CalSTRS office building and more
  • Master planned developments, planning unit developments, mixed use projects, and residential communities

State Bar of California, Business Law and Real Property Law Sections
Member

State Bar of California, Real Estate Law Consulting Group
Member (1996-2006)

Sacramento County Bar Association, Real Property Law Section
Member

Association of Commercial Real Estate
Member

Lambda Alpha
Member

Meritas, Sacramento
Member

Awards

Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2015-2016- Mergers and Acquisitions

Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2015-2020 – Real Estate, Business & Corporate

Best Lawyers in America©, 2012-2020, Real Estate Law

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” 2012-2015, Real Estate Law, Sacramento

Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar- 2014-2018

Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyers, 2013 and 2014

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2020

AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

award

J.D., University of California, Davis, 1979

Editor –in-Chief, U.C. Davis Law Review

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1976

21 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Included in Sacramento Magazine’s 2020 Top Lawyers List

Sacramento, CA  – Weintraub is pleased to announce that 21 Firm attorneys have been recognized as 2020 Top Lawyers by Sacramento Magazine. The full list of 2020 Top Lawyers will be featured in the August,

Read More

36 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists; Retain Highest Percentage of Sacramento Top 25 List

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that 36 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included on the 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists for outstanding attorneys in Northern California.  In addition,

Read More

19 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

  SACRAMENTO, CA (August 15, 2019) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that 19 of our attorneys have been recognized on the 2020 The Best Lawyers in America list.

Read More

31 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that more than 30 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included on the 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists for outstanding attorneys Northern California.  In addition,

Read More

24 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys included in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List 2019

  Weintraub is pleased to announce that 24 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as 2019 Top Lawyers by Sacramento Magazine.  The full list of 2019 Top Lawyers will be featured in the August,

Read More

Seventeen Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2018

SACRAMENTO, California – August 24, 2018 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation congratulates its seventeen attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2018.

Read More

19 Attorneys from Weintraub Tobin were recognized in The Best Lawyers In America ©2019

SACRAMENTO, California – August 15, 2018 – Weintraub Tobin congratulates its nineteen attorneys who have been included in The Best Lawyers of America© 2019 list. David Adams, Sacramento, Corporate Governance Law,

Read More

24 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys included in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List 2018

SACRAMENTO, California – July 19, 2018 – Weintraub Tobin Law Corporation congratulates its 24 attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Magazine’s 2018 Top Lawyer List. David Adams | Business/Corporate, Securities &

Read More

37 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named Among 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has released its Northern California, Southern California and San Diego lists of outstanding attorneys for 2018, on which 37 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included. Five Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special recognition as a Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyer.

Read More

621 Capitol Mall sale finalized, one of the largest and most notable sales in Sacramento

  Congratulations to our client in its closing today of the sale of 621 Capitol Mall in Sacramento, California. We are pleased to have represented them in the sale of this trophy property,

Read More

Thirteen Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2017

SACRAMENTO, California – September 11, 2017 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation congratulates its thirteen attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2017.

Read More

19 Attorneys from Weintraub Tobin were recognized in The Best Lawyers In America© 2018

SACRAMENTO, California – August 16, 2017 – Weintraub Tobin congratulates its nineteen attorneys who have been included in The Best Lawyers of America© 2018 list. David Adams, Sacramento, Corporate Governance Law,

Read More

The Capital Cup: Join us for the Tour de Jimmy – Golf Edition

  A message from Managing Shareholder Michael A. Kvarme:   Friends, family and colleagues – I have been invited to participate in a major charity benefit golf tournament in September – The Capital Cup. 

Read More

21 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys included in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List 2017

SACRAMENTO, California – July 26, 2017 – Weintraub Tobin Law Corporation congratulates its 21 attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyer List. Brendan Begley | Appellate Gary L.

Read More

36 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named Among 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has released its Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego lists of outstanding attorneys for 2017, on which 36 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included. Six Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special recognition as a Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyer.

Read More

Twelve Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2016

  SACRAMENTO, California – August 26, 2016 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation congratulates its twelve attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2016.

Read More

Nine Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers In America© 2017

SACRAMENTO, California – August 15, 2016 – Weintraub Tobin congratulates its nine partners who have been included in The Best Lawyers of America© 2017 list. David Adams, Sacramento, Corporate Governance Law &

Read More

18 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List 2016

  SACRAMENTO, California – July 25, 2016 – Weintraub Tobin Law Corporation congratulates its 18 attorneys who have been included in Sacramento magazine’s 2016 Top Lawyer List. David C. Adams | Business/Corporate, 

Read More

Sioukas Family Closes First Metro Air Park Sale To Major User

  More information can be found at the Sac Bee here or at Business Wire here.

Read More

33 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named Among 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has released its Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego lists of outstanding attorneys for 2016, on which 33 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included. Three Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special honors in their respective regions.

Read More

Weintraub Tobin Elevates Two to Shareholder

SACRAMENTO (July 6, 2016) – Weintraub Tobin, one of California’s leading, full-service law firms, is pleased to announce that Shauna N. Correia and Gary D. Rothstein have been promoted to shareholder.

Read More

Press Release: Weintraub Tobin Earns Recertification in Meritas, a Global Alliance of Independent Business Law Firms

Sacramento, CA – January 5, 2016– Weintraub Tobin, a Sacramento-based law firm, today announced that it has been awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms. Weintraub Tobin joined Meritas in 1994,

Read More

Eleven Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2015

  SACRAMENTO, California – September 3, 2015 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation congratulates its eleven attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2015.

Read More

Weintraub Tobin Named to Best Law Firms 2016 and Nine Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers In America

  SACRAMENTO, California – August 18, 2015 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation congratulates its nine attorneys who have been included in The Best Lawyers of America© 2016. David C.

Read More

20 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List 2015

  SACRAMENTO, California – August 7, 2015 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation congratulates its 20 attorneys who have been included in Sacramento magazine’s  Top Lawyer List 2015. David C.

Read More

37 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named Among 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has released its Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego lists of outstanding attorneys for 2015, on which 37 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included. Eight Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special honors in their respective regions.

Read More

Weintraub Tobin Helps Grant Wishes

On June 13, Weintraub Tobin sponsored an event for Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. With over a hundred people in attendance, the event helped to raise funds to grant wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Read More

Caligiuri Joins Weintraub Tobin as Of Counsel

By: Daily Transcript Staff Report Eric Caligiuri has joined Weintraub Tobin’s San Diego office as of counsel. Caligiuri advises domestic and international clients on complex intellectual property disputes and focuses on patent and trade secret litigation in federal district courts,

Read More

Sacramento Law Firm Weintraub Tobin Retools Management Team

By: Mark Glover, Sacramento Bee The Sacramento law firm of Weintraub Tobin says it has restructured its management team. Michael Kvarme from the firm’s Sacramento office at 400 Capitol Mall and Sherry Bragg from the Newport Beach office will serve as co-managing shareholders,

Read More

People in the News

Central Valley Business Times Sherry Bragg and Michael Kvarme have been named co-managing shareholders to lead the law firm of Weintraub Tobin. Mr. Kvarme, who will focus on strategy, growth and finance,

Read More

Weintraub Tobin Restructures Firm Management for Continued Growth and Client Service Excellence

SACRAMENTO (March 18, 2015) – Weintraub Tobin, one of California’s leading full-service law firms, has restructured its firmwide management to facilitate continued growth in the state and client service excellence. Michael Kvarme from the Sacramento office and Sherry Bragg of Newport Beach will serve as co-managing shareholders,

Read More

Weintraub Tobin Changes Management Structure to Handle Growth

By Kathy Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal Growing at a steady clip — now with five offices statewide — Sacramento law firm Weintraub Tobin launched a new management structure this week. In recognition that the job of managing partner is now too big for one person who still wants to practice law,

Read More

Weintraub Tobin Achieves LEED® Certification from U.S. Green Building Council

  SACRAMENTO, CA (January 12, 2015) – Weintraub Tobin announced today that its Sacramento office now holds certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Read More

Eight Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers In America© 2015

SACRAMENTO, California – August 25, 2014 – Today, Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation (Weintraub Tobin) congratulates its eight partners who have been included in The Best Lawyers of America© 2015.

Read More

Weintraub Tobin Raises Money for American Heart Association

Heart Walk Logo For a third year in a row, Weintraub Tobin is working to raise funds for cardiovascular diseases and stroke by partaking in the American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday,

Read More

Eight Shareholders Named 2014 Best Lawyers in America®

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin, a business law and litigation firm, is pleased to announce that eight of its partners were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America®.

Read More

Seven Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Included in the Top 25 List by Super Lawyers

Download: Super Lawyers 2013.pdf SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 8, 2013 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin, a business law and business litigation law firm congratulates seven attorneys on being named as one of the Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyers of 2013.

Read More

Weintraub Tobin office space wins “Tenant Improvement of the Year”

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin has won “Tenant Improvement of the Year” in the Sacramento Business Journal’s Real Estate Projects competition. The office remodel for Sacramento’s second largest law firm was lauded by judges for its “energy.” Said one judge: “The design was done tastefully and professionally for a law office,

Read More

Eight Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Honored as 2013 Best Lawyers in America

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation, a statewide business law and business litigation firm, is pleased to announce that eight of its partners were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America.

Read More

Gary Bradus Named as One of the Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers in 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 25, 2012 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin, a business law and business litigation law firm, congratulates Gary Bradus on being named as one of the Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers of 2012.

Read More

Sacramento Firm’s Latest Conquest: Beverly Hills (San Francisco Daily Journal)

The San Francisco Daily Journal addresses the merger between Weintraub Genshlea Chediak and Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin, LLP in this article, dated July 9, 2012.

Read More

3 Cities. Over 70 Lawyers. Now 1 Great Law Firm: Weintraub Merges with LA Entertainment Law Firm

SACRAMENTO / SAN FRANCISCO / LOS ANGELES, July 6, 2012 – Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin Law Corporation and Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin LLP have jointly announced the merger of their respective business and entertainment law firms.

Read More

It’s Official – Weintraub Merges with San Francisco Firm Tobin & Tobin

Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Law Corporation and Tobin & Tobin, a professional corporation, jointly announce the merger of their business law and litigation firms. The combined firm will be named Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin &

Read More

Weintraub Lawyers Helped Close 26 Deals Worth $1.6B

That’s a big switch for lawyers who specialize in commercial lending deals at Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Law Corp. Until last year, most of their time was spent negotiating loan workouts. Now lawyers across the market are refinancing agreements to take advantage of low interest rates and helping clients get new money for acquisitions and other purposes.

Read More

C.O.R.E. GROUP INVITES KVARME AND MASSARI TO ASSIST WITH DOWNTOWN SPORTS/ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

Larry Kelley and his senior management team at McClellan Park have joined the C.O.R.E. Group of Ali Mackani to lead the effort to develop a downtown Sacramento entertainment and sports complex.

Read More

Twelve Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Attorneys Honored as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 14, 2010 – Weintraub Genshlea Chediak, a Sacramento-based business law and business litigation law firm congratulates its twelve attorneys who were named as 2010 Northern California SuperLawyers and Rising Stars: SuperLawyers: Gary L.

Read More

Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Announces New Los Angeles Office

Sacramento’s fifth-largest law firm quietly opened a branch in Los Angeles this week. Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Law Corp. has hired two litigators in an office on Wilshire Boulevard to solidify a toehold in the intellectual property,

Read More

Managing Shareholder Michael Kvarme Quoted in Comstock’s “Billable Solutions” Article

"Up until about six months ago, when push came to shove clients were unwilling to move away from the hourly billing model," says Michael Kvarme, managing partner at Sacramento-based Weintraub Genshlea Chediak.

Read More

Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Announces New Managing Shareholder Michael Kvarme

Sacramento, Calif.–Weintraub, a business law and business litigation firm, announces that Michael A. Kvarme has been elected as managing shareholder, effective January 1. Mike Kvarme will succeed Gary Bradus, who served as managing shareholder since 2007.

Read More

Fourteen Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Attorneys Honored As 2009 Nor Cal Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Fourteen Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Attorneys Honored as 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 21, 2009 –Weintraub Genshlea Chediak, a Sacramento-based business law and business litigation law firm congratulates its fourteen attorneys who were named as 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars: Super Lawyers: Dale C.

Read More

Six Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Attorneys Honored As 2008 Northern California Super Lawyers

Six Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Attorneys Honored as 2008 Northern California Super Lawyers SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 31, 2008 –Weintraub Genshlea Chediak, a Sacramento-based business law and business litigation law firm congratulates its six shareholders who were named as 2008 Northern California Super Lawyers: Dale C.

Read More

Seven Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Attorneys Honored as 2007 Northern California Super Lawyers

Seven Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Attorneys Honored as 2007 Northern California Super Lawyers SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 27, 2007 –Weintraub Genshlea Chediak, a Sacramento-based business law and business litigation law firm congratulates its seven shareholders who were honored as Northern California Super Lawyers as published in San Francisco Magazine and Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine.

Read More

More Borrowers Prevail

By Michael Kvarme The New York Times article highlights two recent cases focusing on the behavior of banks in the loan administration and collection process and ruling in favor of borrowers.

Read More

Loan Document Interpretation – Wow! Drafter Beware.

By Michael Kvarme A California Court of Appeals recently opined on what appear to be fairly normal yield maintenance provisions. The Borrower defaulted. The bank accelerated the note and later foreclosed.

Read More

Empowering Embattled Landowners: The Recent Koontz Decision

The Supreme Court has shifted the land use playing field back towards landowners and away from government freedom to impose conditions on the development of property. While by no means invalidating local government land use regulatory authority,

Read More