Legal Experience


Civil Transactional Law attorney with twenty-eight years experience working in law firm and corporate settings. Present emphasis in construction and real property law, with a wide range of general civil experience in construction, corporate, healthcare, and administrative law.              


LAW OFFICES OF BRYANT H. BYRNES, 1987 - Present    Oakland, California

Substantive Experience:

  • Construction law:  equivalent of in-house counsel for core group of about 20 small to mid-size general contractors.  Full range of tasks performed from drafting contracts to multi-party arbitration (both AAA and CCP § 1282 format).

  • General Corporate law:  full range of services from transactional to mediation/arbitration and litigation on behalf of various businesses including formation of corporations and limited and general partnerships, buy-sell agreements, business dissolutions and all transactional matters.

  • Medical law:  represent medical clinics, physicians, chiropractors and other healthcare professionals.  Advise clients on all business matters including leases, contracts and employment issues.

  • Administrative law:  advise and represent clients before various state and federal regulatory agencies and boards including the Medical Board of California, the California Board of Behavior Science Examiners, the California Department of Health, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Management Experience:

  • Responsible for management of a full service general law practice of four attorneys and a staff of six, including paralegals, legal assistants, secretaries, and clerks.

  • Established administrative systems and office set-up as well as functional fluency in personal computer operation and computer accounting.

BYRNES, TRIAY & REED, 1984 - 1987       Oakland, California

  • Managing partner in general civil practice.  In charge of managing and marketing for four attorney firm as well as full transactional case load.

SOLE PRACTICE, 1981 - 1984        Oakland, California

  • Established small dynamic general practice focused on corporate transactions for mid-sized private entities. 

BROTT & LANE LAW CORPORATIONS, 1979 - 1981    Oakland, California

  • Associate in the business/personal injury litigation and trial practice.   Exposure to all aspects of trial litigation.  Direct contact with clients and responsibility for all personal injury matters.


    Member of the California State Bar Association.

    Member of the Alameda County Bar Association and various committees:

    • ACBA Fee Arbitration Committee
    • ACBA Client Relations Committee
    • ACBA Volunteer Legal Services Program
    • ACBA Various pro bono programs, including 1991 Oakland Firestorm Legal Assistance Panel


Legal:   University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California.

Degree - J.D., May 1978.

Member of U.S.F. Law Review (1977-1978).

Second Place, Western Region, Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition (1978).

Judicial Clerk, California Court of Appeals, First District (1978).

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California.

Degree - B.A., June 1975.

Preparatory School: Harvard School for Boys (now Harvard/Westlake), Los Angeles, California.


LAW OFFICES OF BRYANT H. BYRNES, 1987 - Present    Oakland, California

BYRNES, TRIAY & REED, 1983 - 1987       Oakland, California

SOLE PRACTICE, 1981 - 1984        Oakland, California



    • Book Reviews, Fine Homebuilding (1996).
    • Comment, Expungement in California: Legislative Neglect and Judicial Abuse of the Statutory Mitigation of Felony Convictions, 12 U.S.F. Law Review 155 (1977).


    • National Association of the Remodeling Industry, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, member and counsel to the Board of Directors.
    • Northern California Rugby Union Referee Society, Exchange Officer.  Former player for 29 years prior to being asked to join Referee Society.
    • Splinter Group (Bay Area Builders/Developers organization).
    • Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Board of Directors, Secretary 1997 - 1999.
    • American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter, affiliate member 1995 - 1996.
    • Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce.
    • East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Board of Directors, 1988 - 1991.
    • Seventh Step Foundation, Board of Directors, 1982 - 1987.
    • Big Brothers of America, past member.

REFERENCES:  Available upon request.

Bryant Howard Byrnes

Telephone: (510) 763-3040

Facsimile: (510) 763-2406