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Stan Tish, MAI

Appraiser & Consultant


Mr. Tish is a real estate appraiser and forensic consultant who holds the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. His experience includes commercial, industrial, residential, agricultural, undeveloped acreage, special purpose properties, and intangible property rights.

Mr. Tish serves attorneys, public agencies, developers, investors, and corporations, concentrating in the greater San Francisco Bay area. In addition to routine valuations, his assignments have included rent and sale arbitration, environmental impacts (e.g., flood or landslide damage, hazardous substance contamination), condemnation, easement valuation, life estates, casualty loss, estate tax valuation (including undivided minority interests and limited partnership interests), historic preservation and land conservation easements, property tax assessment appeals, and the appraisal of intangible property rights (e.g., covenants, conditions, and restrictions; transferable development rights; abutter's rights).

Special Qualifications

Mr. Tish specializes in appraisals for litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution, and estate and ad valorem tax valuation (property tax assessment appeals). He is highly qualified to provide valuations regarding construction defects, environmental risks, conservation and historic preservation easements, estate, gift, and income taxes, limited partnership interests, rent and sale arbitrations and casualty losses.

Mr. Tish reviews other appraisers' work and opines on appraisers' standard of care.

He has appraised a broad range of properties, including distribution, storage, and self-storage warehouses; light manufacturing and research and development facilities; industrial and residential subdivisions; metropolitan and suburban office buildings; medical, dental, and veterinary offices; mixed-use developments; regional, community, and neighborhood shopping centers; retail properties; single-family residences; suburban, rural, and coastal homesites; apartment complexes; condominium projects; mobile home parks; quarries; timberland; agricultural properties; special purpose properties; and undeveloped acreage.

Curriculum Vitae

Career Experience

Mr. Tish has been a real estate appraiser since 1983 and has been a principal of a Bay Area real estate appraisal and consulting firm since 1995. Previous experience includes nine months with the Real Estate Industries Group of Wells Fargo Bank and three years with the appraisal and consulting firm of Kurt L. Reitman & Associates, in Palo Alto, California.

Professional Certifications and Licenses
State of California Certification

Licensed by the State of California as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (OREA Appraiser Identification No. AG 012697)

Expert Witness Testimony

Qualified as an expert witness in the Superior Court of the State of California, and the U.S. District Court

Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • Elected to membership in the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers (MAI Designation #8320, December 6, 1989)
  • Regional Ethics and Counseling Panel (1992-2011)
  • Leadership Development Advisory Council (1993-1994)
  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (1995-1997)
  • Santa Clara County Assessment Appeals Board (1996-2011)
  • Chairperson, Assessment Appeals Board I (1998-2011)

Mr. Tish entered college pre-med and ended up majoring in philosophy. After college, he worked in the building trades for 15 years, becoming a masonry contractor. His friends said he went from the abstract to concrete.

References and Testimonials
Public Agencies

Attorney General, State of California * City of Belmont * City of Burlingame * City of Daly City * California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) * City of Menlo Park * Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District * City of Mountain View * City of Palo Alto * Palo Alto Unified School District * City of San Bruno * City and County of San Francisco * City of San Mateo * Santa Clara County Transportation Agency * Santa Clara Valley Water District * City of Santa Cruz * County of Santa Cruz * Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District * County of Tehama * U. S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney, Northern District of California * U. S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service * U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Attorneys & Law Firms

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP * Anderson, McPharlin & Conners LLP * Barger & Wolen LLP * Bartko, Zankel, Tarrant & Miller * Bennett, Samuelson, Reynolds and Allard * Berg & Parker LLP * Berliner, Cohen & Biagini * Beveridge & Diamond * Bosco, Ward & Nopar * Branson, Fitzgerald & Howard * Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon * Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger * Buresh Kaplan Jang and Feller * Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson & Horn * Cesari, Werner and Moriarty * Chillag & Associates, P.C. * Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May * Davis & Whalen LLP * Law Offices of John C. Donegan * Duane Morris LLP * Law Offices of Joseph Durante * Barney Elders * Fahmy & Booke * Ferrari, Olsen, Ottoboni & Bebb, LLP * Fimmel, Justman & Rible * Fowler & McNair, LLP * GCA Law Partners LLP * Gary, Cary, Ware & Friedenrich, LLP * Hannig Law Firm * Hauser & Mouzes * Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, LLP * Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel * Hopkins & Carley * Herman Fitzgerald, Esq. * Huber Samuelson * Husch & Eppenberger, LLC * Johnson & James LLP * Bryan Jones, Lawyer * Katten Muchin Zavis * Kirkland & Ellis LLP * Knapp & Vernon * Landels, Ripley & Diamond * Law Offices of Chilton H. Lee * Lerch Sturmer LLP * Law Offices of Bruce A. Lieberman, a professional corporation * Lombardi, Loper & Conant, LLP * McCracken, Byers & Martin * McCutcheon, Doyle, Brown & Enersen * McIntosh & Dean * Law Offices of David M. McKim * Miller, Brown & Dannis * Morrison & Foerster LLP * Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP * Newmeyer & Dillion LLP * Bryn Roe Ostby * Pahl & Gosselin * Pedersen, Siehl & Brodies * Rentschler Tursi Guastamachio LLP * Rosenblum, Parish & Isaacs * Schwartz & Associates * Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold * Sinsheimer, Scheibelhut & Baggett * Edward W. Smithers III * Stokes, Steeves, Rowe & Hamer * Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean * Thompson Coburn LLP * Tingley Piontkowski, LLP * Tobin & Tobin * Townsend and Townsend and Crew * Gary S. Vandeweghe * Wagstaffe & Jellins * Willoughby, Stuart & Bening * Wylie, McBride, Jesinger, Sure & Platten * Zevnik Horton Guibord McGovern Palmer & Fognani, L.L.P.

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate

Addison Development Company * Archon Group * Asahi Urban Development Corp. (USA) * Barron Square Homeowners Association * Barry Real Estate * Bedford Properties * Biagini Properties, Inc. * Boccardo Management Group, LLC * Brandel Trusts * Brock Properties * Buttner Properties * Casserly Properties * Castle & Cooke * Century Partners * Chicago Title * Citibank * Coldwell Banker * Crocker Development * Cupertino National Bank * Cypress Hills Land Company, Inc. * Cypress Investments * Deseret Trust Company * Driscoll Ranches * Eurekabank * Farmers Insurance Group * FNB Real Estate Corporation * Fox Properties * The Fremont Shopper * Gangi Corporation * Golden Gate Properties * Horwath Associates * International Building Partners * Kaufman & Broad - South Bay * Keenan Land Company * Lance-Kashian & Co. * LandAmerica Financial Group * Lucas Trust Properties, LLC * Malmgren Properties LP * North American Title Company * Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) * PG&E Properties * Premier Properties * Prometheus Development Co., Inc. * Racal-Milgo Pension Trust Committee * Ram JAJ Enterprises LLC * Redwood Shores Owners Association * Renault & Handley * Rexford Title, Inc. * Sahadi Properties, L.P. * Schreck Brown & Associates * Seattle Mortgage Company * Shapell Industries of Northern California * Smith Barney Shearson, Inc. * Stanford Management Company * St. Michael Investments * Strutz Levett * Sutter Hill Limited * Tan Construction Company * Thoits Bros., Inc. * Three Sisters Ranch Enterprises * The Tom N. Tibbs Company *Toro Development Co. * Tribeca Real Estate Partners * The Trust for Public Land * Union Bank * Utah State Retirement Fund * Visa International * Walnut Creek Manor, LLC * Wells Fargo Bank * G. W. Williams Co. * WSJ Properties * Zane MacGregor & Co.


Allegheny Teledyne Incorporated * Anderson Jacobson * Apple, Inc. * Campbell's Soup Company * Dest Corporation * MWH Global, Inc. * Martin Ragno & Associates, Inc. * Novartis Crop Protection * Olin Corporation * Piombo Construction Company * Safeway, Inc. * See’s Candies, Inc. * SiliconGraphics Computer Systems * Standard Fusee * Sun Microsystems * Taco Bell * Taisei Construction Corporation * Teledyne * Tyco * Varian Associates * Velcon Filters, Inc. * Waste Management, Inc. * Wesgo, Inc. Metals Division


Action Day Nurseries / Primary Plus, Inc. * Baxter Physician Resources * East Bay Iceland * First Congregational Church of San Jose * Granite Rock * Lytton Gardens * Magnussen Dealership Group * Monterey Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America * Oriental Rug Center * Pacific Graduate School of Psychology * Palo Alto Dental Research, Inc. * Palo Alto Masonic Temple Association * Planet Auto Repair * Quail Hollow Quarry Committee * Radio Station KKHI * Roller & Hapgood & Tinney * Santa Cruz Aggregates * Leland J. Stanford Jr. University * Western Gravel Company

Contributions to Profession and Community

Mr. Tish has given workshops for the Northern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute on “The Valuation of Partial Interests” and “Preparing Appraisals for Litigation”, participated in Chapter workshops and panel discussions on “The Valuation of Contaminated Properties,” “Subdivision Analysis,” “The Assessment Appeals Process,” “Arbitration: What You Can’t Learn from Books,” “Everything You Were Never Taught About Litigation Appraisal – A Hands On Approach,” “Appraisers & Tax Appeals,” and “Assessment Appeals: Process and Procedures”.

He has addressed the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities on performing conflict of interest real property valuations in accord with the Political Reform Act of 1974; and the Golden Gate Chapter of the Society of Auditor-Appraisers and the Santa Clara County Assessor’s Training Conference on “Preparing Appraisals for Assessment Appeals.”