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Nancy Newman

Nancy J. Newman

(415) 995-5052


Nancy has specialized in commercial and real estate litigation for more than 35 years. She counsels clients on rights and remedies, and handles litigation to recover money or regain possession of property. She also represents landlords in tenant bankruptcies nationwide, and has particular expertise using provisional remedies to get faster results.

Nancy is a respected author and speaker in her areas of practice. For over 15 years, she has authored the bankruptcy chapter in the California Landlord-Tenant Practice treatise published by California Continuing Education of the Bar, and served on CEB's Real Property Advisory Committee. She has written and spoken on a variety of topics in business and lease litigation, including creative use of creditors' remedies, commercial lease rights and litigation strategy, landlord rights in tenant bankruptcies, and provisional remedies.

Nancy is also a dedicated champion for women's rights. She is a life member and past president of Queen's Bench, one of the oldest women's bar associations in the country, and went on to become president of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations (NCWBA). As past president of the NCWBA, she became active in international advocacy for women's rights. She was an invited speaker at international women's conferences in Nigeria and Switzerland, and has discussed women's rights and the legal system with lawyers, judges, and activists from Islamic countries, Taiwan, the Middle East, Africa, China, and Bulgaria, at multiple meetings hosted by the International Diplomacy Council over the past several years.

In 2013, Nancy founded the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (IANGEL), to harness the power of volunteer legal resources and to connect it to the cause of gender equality locally, nationally, and internationally. She now leads IANGEL as its president, and our firm proudly supports its important work for justice and human rights around the world. See


J.D. Order of the Coif University of California, Davis School of Law ( 1983 )
B.A. with honors University of California, Santa Cruz ( 1980 )

Admissions and Courts

Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Creditor's Rights & Bankruptcy Practice Leader

Lease Litigation and Enforcement. Successfully handled hundreds of commercial lease disputes, resulting in millions of dollars collected for shopping center owners, developers, and managers, as well as defending clients in litigation arising from lease relationships.

Commercial collection. Collected millions of dollars for a major credit insurance client, handling multiple claims involving international collection issues and strategy.

Retail Bankruptcy. Defended and asserted rights of real estate owners and managers on lease assignment and claim issues in retail tenant bankruptcies nationwide.

Shopping Center Access. Prepared and enforced reasonable time, place, and manner regulations for third party access to shopping center common areas.

California CEB Real Property Advisory Committee

Queen's Bench Bar Association (President, 1996)

National Conference of Women's Bar Associations (President 2001-2002)

California Women Lawyers (International Envoy, 2004)

American Bar Association, Litigation and Law Practice Management

International Council of Shopping Centers

Commercial Real Estate Women

Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum

"Howrey Has No Dibs On Ex-Partners' Profits, 9th Circ. Says," Law360 (February 28, 2020)

"Who is CWL?" Profile in California Women Lawyers Newsletter (December 2015)

"Alumni Profile: Nancy Newman '83," King Hall Counselor, University of California, Davis, School of Law (2015)

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ (2005-2023)

California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2019–2023)

Boalt Hall Women’s Association, inaugural Women Advancing the Law Practitioner Award (2015)

Top Rated Lawyers™ in Real Estate Law; Martindale-Hubbell™ (2013)

Bar Association of San Francisco, Outstanding Service Award