• 5335 College Avenue, Suite 27A  
    OAKLAND, CA 94618

Phone: 510-834-4114  


Frederick Hertz is an attorney and mediator with an office in Oakland. He previously handled litigation involving the dissolution of real property co-tenancies, including tenants-in-common, family co-ownerships, and domestic partnership dissolutions, and the related aspects of property and financial disputes between unmarried couples, both same-sex and opposite-sex, as well as purchase & sale and ownership of real property matters. Mr. Hertz’ legal practice is now limited to drafting real property co-ownership agreements, cohabitation agreements, and premarital agreements for couples, both gay and straight.

Mr. Hertz also works as a mediator and arbitrator, with a special emphasis on the mediation of co-ownership and other disputes between married and unmarried couples, business partners, tenants-in-common, co-owners, family members, and domestic partners. He also mediates all varieties of real estate disputes.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Frederick Hertz graduated from Boalt Hall (University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1981), clerked with the Minnesota Supreme Court (1981-1982), and subsequently received a Master's Degree in Urban Geography from the University of California, Berkeley (1991). He has previously taught Real Property Law in the Paralegal/Legal Studies Program of St. Mary's University, and Small Firm and Solo Practice Management at Golden Gate Law School in San Francisco.

Mr. Hertz writes and speaks nationally on property issues facing unmarried partners. He is the author of Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same- Sex Couples (Henry Holt & Co./Owl Books, 1998) and co-author of two Nolo Press books, Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples and Living Together : A Guide for Unmarried Couples. He has been quoted in The New York Times, the Advocate, American Demographics, Hero Magazine, Kiplingers Magazine, and the New York Observer, and has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, Sound Money, and on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

Fred’s most recent books are:


For more information on the book Making It Legal, go also to: www.Makingitlegal.net.  For more information on Fred's practice involving lesbian and gay couples, go to his website, www.samesexlaw.com.

Fred can be reached by email at Fred@FrederickHertz.com