W. Stephen Wilson

Of counsel | San Francisco

Secretary Marissa Lara


Track record

Real estate industry influencer

Earlier in his career, Steve actively litigated for property owners and real estate professionals, and was responsible for decisions which heavily influenced the real estate industry.

Residential real estate disclosure

Easton v. Strassburger (1984) 152 Cal. App. 3d 90, established the modern standard for residential real estate disclosure.


Twain Harte Associates, Ltd. v. County of Tuolumne (1990) 217 Cal. App. 3d 71, is one of the most-cited cases in the area of downzoning.

Residential rent withholding orders

Floystrup v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (1990) 219 Cal. App. 3d 1309 ended the overreaching practice of 'administrative' residential rent withholding orders without the due process protections of notice and hearing.

Synapse for West Coast real estate practice

Since joining Withers, Steve has been the synapse for its West Coast real estate practice, fielding questions and handling needs of dozens of Withers partners around the world. He adds value through ‘cultural competence', the quality of responding to client requirements from diverse cultures sensitively and appropriately. This is the product of a lifetime of charitable and business endeavors around the world.


  • 'Qualified Opportunity Zones After Four Years: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly,' CalCPA Real Estate Conference, Burlingame, CA, November 2021

  • 'A Top-Down View of US Real Estate Acquisition by Offshore Investors,' CalCPA International Tax Committee (ITAX), San Francisco, CA, August 2017

  • Qualified Opportunity Zones (18 presentations since October 2018)