Daniel Dersham, Attorney

Daniel Dersham

Daniel’s practice centers on commercial litigation and and commercial real estate transactions. His success in Federal and State trials, arbitrations, and mediations has made him a sought-after legal adviser not only for corporate clients, but also for individual owners, investors, developers, and landlords seeking representation on a variety of real estate issues and disputes, such as leasing, land use, and regulatory compliance in highly regulated industries. Daniel regularly represents commercial landlords and tenants in negotiating and structuring leases, tenant build-outs, and new construction. He also regularly represents investors, developers, corporate clients, and individuals in the purchase, sale, financing, and development of commercial properties, including acquisition of entitlements.

Prior to joining Harris Bricken, Daniel was a partner at the San Francisco boutique business and litigation firm of Willey & Bentaleb. Daniel also clerked for the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section, and for the Honorable C. Allen McConnell of the Toledo Municipal Court. He also interned with the City of Toledo Department of Law’s Prosecutorial Section.

Before law school, Daniel served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan from 2006 to 2008, where he  taught English and worked in youth development. Daniel is a classically trained percussionist, and is proficient in Arabic. On the weekends, Daniel enjoys mountain biking in the Bay Area and backpacking through California’s wilderness.

More About Daniel


Bar Association of San Francisco, Real Property Section

Contra Costa County Bar Association

Treasurer, Kiwanis Club of San Francisco

Speaking Engagements

Cannabis as a Business in California,” Law Seminars International, San Francisco, CA, October 13, 2017.

Cannabis and Commercial Real Estate: Navigating a Budding Industry,” Law Seminars International, February 22, 2017.


  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Michigan State University, B.A., cum laude, General Business Administration Pre-Law, Honors College

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


  • Arabic