James M. Frassetto

James M. Frassetto: Attorney with Miller Starr Regalia A Professional Law Corporation AV stamp icon
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As an experienced transactional shareholder, Jim has represented institutional and private real estate developers in all phases of development. His areas of focus include financial services, real estate transactions, and retail and commercial leases.


With over forty years of experience, Jim Frassetto is recognized for his broad-based experience in the representation of real estate clients. As a transactional shareholder in Miller Star Regalia’s Walnut Creek office, his practice includes the negotiation and preparation of agreements for real estate, business, and commercial transactions.

Jim’s experience extends to purchase, sale, and option agreements, commercial leases, ground leases, and tax-deferred exchanges. From conception and investment through construction and leasing, he has facilitated every phase of commercial, industrial, hospitality, and mixed-use project development, both for institutional clients and for private developers and investors. Jim has also represented major domestic financial institutions in the negotiation of loan transactions and workouts.

A native Northern Californian raised in Castroville, California, on an artichoke farm, Jim has few interests outside his home state other than American music, world literature, major league baseball and European soccer.

Awards & Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent Rated (1998 - 2018)

Super Lawyers Northern California (2006 - 2014)

Best Lawyers - Real Estate Law (2008 - 2019)

Related News

In The News
August 15, 2018
Arthur Coon Of Miller Starr Regalia Selected As Best Lawyers In America 2019 “Lawyer Of The Year” Oakland Land Use And Zoning Law - 10 MSR Attorneys Receive Best Lawyers Recognition

Miller Starr Regalia (MSR), a preeminent California real estate law firm for more than 50 years, is pleased to announce that Arthur F. Coon, co-chair of the firm’s Land Use Practice Group and chair of its Appellate Practice Group, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2019 and has been honored as the Best Lawyers’ 2019 Oakland Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year”.

In The News
August 21, 2017
Miller Starr Regalia’s Eugene Miller Selected As Best Lawyers In America 2018 Oakland Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” - Ten MSR Attorneys Receive Best Lawyers Recognition

“We are proud that many of our attorneys have been acknowledged by their peers, said Anthony M. Leones, Miller Starr Regalia’s managing shareholder.

In The News
August 16, 2015
Miller Starr Regalia’s Eugene Miller Selected As Best Lawyers In America 2016 Oakland Real Estate Law “Lawyer Of The Year” - 8 Other MSR Attorneys Included in Best Lawyers 2016 Edition

“To be recognized by your peers is both humbling and gratifying,” said Miller. “Our firm has consistently set the standard for the practice of real property law for over four decades.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Acquisitions & Dispositions
  • Commercial & Business Litigation
  • General Corporate Transactions, Entity Formations & Joint Ventures
  • Leasing
  • Real Estate Finance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(925) 941-3263  Phone
925.933.4126  Fax
University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1974
Law School Attended:
University of California Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1977 Order of the Coif
Year of First Admission:
1977, California
Birth Information:
Salinas, California, February 11, 1952

Peer Reviews

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Walnut Creek, California

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