SOURCE: Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLP

March 07, 2012 11:00 ET

John F. Gardner Joins Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLP

Firm Continues Expansion of Corporate and Real Estate Practice

OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 7, 2012) - Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley announced today that John F. Gardner has joined the firm as a partner and Co-Chair of the Business and Corporate Transactions Group in the Oakland and Walnut Creek offices. He comes to Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley from Caroll, Burdick & McDonough, where he was a partner and Chair of the Corporate and Real Estate Transactions Group.

Mr. Gardner advises clients in the formation, financing, management, and disposition of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. He advises and counsels real estate developers, builders, and institutional lenders in connection with acquisitions, development projects, project finance, and regulatory and land use approvals, and has been lead counsel on several hundred million dollars in real estate ventures. In addition, Mr. Gardner serves as outside general counsel to clients in the real estate, high technology, communications, and manufacturing industries.

"We are delighted to welcome John to the firm," said Michael Ward, Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley Managing Partner. "This is an exciting time at FAB, and we are thrilled to have added an attorney of his caliber and reputation."

"John's arrival is an important step in the continued growth of both our Corporate and Real Estate practices," said Michael M. K. Sebree, Chair of the firm's Business & Corporate Transactions Group. "We are seeing steady growth across a wide range of industries and regions. With John on board, we are markedly strengthened and particularly well-positioned to further expand our representation of clients along the 680 Corridor."

Mr. Gardner received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., where he was Member of the UCLA Law Review.

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