Adjunct Professor Jan Gruen received her Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law in 1987. Upon graduation Professor Gruen went to work for a prominent personal injury law firm in San Francisco and ultimately became a named partner at Cartwright, Bokelman, Borowsky, Moore, Harris, Alexander and Gruen. She continued her legal career at Nevin Gruen where she developed an interest and specialty in construction and real estate litigation. She was then asked to join Morgan Miller Blair in Walnut Creek to further develop her career and enjoyed her partnership there until she was recruited to open up a Northern California office for the Southern California developer firm of Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP.
She is now the owner and principal of newly established Gruen Law providing an array of legal services to home builders, general contractors and individuals in real estate, personal injury and insurance-related matters. As such she represents and serves as a legal advisor to her clients on day-to-day risk management, business, real estate, insurance matters, and personal injury claims, including large-scale construction defect claims, contractual issues, subcontractor liability, loss recovery, warranty related matters, unlawful detainer and dispute resolution prior to the commencement of litigation. She is highly experienced in risk management and all forms of dispute resolution, including Calderon Act proceedings, SB 800, mediation, arbitration and civil trial work.
Professor Gruen is extremely active at the local, state and national levels of numerous homebuilding industry associations and also sits on the boards of HomeAid, a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless families, and the Peter Pan Foundation, a non-profit that encourages children to reach their full potential through musical theatre and promotes giving back to local charities including Children’s Hospital Oakland.
Professor Gruen enjoys her children, her dog and her garden and in her spare time, she enjoys traveling and relaxing.