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1981 N. Broadway, Suite 320
Walnut Creek, California 94596
(925) 979-5661 (925) 947-4348 (fax) (e-mail)


Akawie & LaPietra Walnut Creek, California

Attorney; Of Counsel

A business and real estate consulting and litigation practice.

I have experience negotiating and drafting a wide variety of contracts, including commercial leases, partnership agreements, real estate sales agreements, and software licensing and marketing agreements.

I have tried cases arising out of construction contract disputes, broker liability, engineering negligence, and land-use. I have litigated cases arising under the Lanham Act, the California Subdivision Map Act, and the Stark/Speier anti-referral statutes.

I am certified as a fee arbitrator by the State Bar of California and Contra Costa County.

I mediate for the Contra Costa County Superior Court.


University of California -- Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, California
Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 1989.
Order of the Coif; Thurston Society.

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
Bachelor of Arts, Classics, June 1986.


California State Bar, 1989.
United States District Court, Northern District, 1989.
United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit, 1989.
United States District Court, Eastern District, 1991.


Walnut Creek Library Foundation, Walnut Creek, California
Board of Directors --

Center for the Education of the Infant Deaf, Berkeley, California
Board of Directors -- 1992-2000; President 1998-1999.

Smiles Day School, Oakland, California
Board of Directors -- 2000-present.

Parkmead Active Learning School, Walnut Creek, California
Board of Directors -- 2004-2006.

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