Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

Legal Services

Oakland, California

United States


About Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

The law firm of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP serves a broad spectrum of client types from numerous industries and ranging from small startups to major corporations and public entities. The firm is committed to maintaining the high level of trust and personalized attention that clients have come to expect. While Wendel Rosen has a strong regional name, it serves clients nationwide in many types of transactional and litigation matters. Founded in 1909, the firm’s community roots are deep, but its approach to practice is forward thinking.

The firm maintains a full-service business law transactional and litigation practice designed to meet the needs of companies throughout their life cycle. If you are developing a new business, managing employees, engaging in a complex real estate matter, protecting intellectual property, attending to personal wealth management or succession planning, or preparing for a merger, consider contacting the law firm that helps businesses get from problems to solutions.

We value the principles advanced by B Lab and our fellow B Corporations. They are important to our partnership, employees, clients and network of stakeholders. By our continuing commitment to being a certified B Corporation, we more effectively broadcast our dedication to these values and set an example of social and environmental responsibility in our community.

The Change We Seek®

As far back as 2003, in an industry known for "papering clients to death," the firm switched to entirely 100 percent, post-consumer waste recycled paper, processed chlorine-free. And that’s just one of the numerous continuing practices employed by the firm to lessen its environmental foot print. Other examples include the use of soy-based inks in printing projects, institutionalization of two-sided copying as a default for most reports and copy jobs, electronic storage and transmission of documents whenever possible, instillation of Energy Star equipment and numerous other purchasing preferences and conservation measures.

In July 2003, Wendel Rosen became the first law firm in the country to be awarded "green" status by a certifying agency (Bay Area Green Business Program) and rigorously maintains its BAGBP certification. The firm’s Green Business Practice group, which supports environmental nonprofits by donating one percent of its annual revenue, has been a member of 1% for the Planet since 2007. The firm co-chaired the effort to write and pass California's Benefit Corporation law (AB 361), creating a new legal framework for businesses seeking to do well while doing good.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 2010

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: 100% of facilities LEED certified; >51% of office supplies come from recycled materials; >5% of energy comes from renewable sources

Employees: 100% of employees offered reimbursement for continuing education; All employees paid a living wage; 100% individual health insurance premiums covered; 6+ weeks maternity leave

Community: >50% of ownership in same community as 2/3 workforce; >40% of expenditures directed toward local suppliers; >50% of customers are local; >40% of employees are women; >15% of suppliers located in low-income communities; >75% of employees participate in companywide service days



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