Burton H. Fohrman

Areas of Practice:

Mr. Fohrman practices in the areas of real estate, business and international transactions. Mr. Fohrman has represented many major US and foreign corporations on real estate and business transactions throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Mr. Fohrman was a partner in two of the world’s largest law firms; Jones Day where he was the chair of the general real estate section on a world wide basis.In 1992 he became a partner in White & Case. During his years with those firms Mr. Fohrman was a resident partner in Los Angeles, London, Hanoi and Tokyo. In Japan Mr. Fohrman was licensed to practice law as a foreign lawyer (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi). Mr. Fohrman returned to his home in Sonoma County in 2003 and subsequently joined Perry Johnson. Mr. Fohrman is active in representing a number of companies and individuals in the wine industry in Napa and Sonoma Counties and several public corporations on transactions in California, other states and internationally.


Mr.Fohrman has practiced law since 1964 and during his practice he has represented major publicly held corporations , professional organizations and government entities on a wide variety of transactions. Many transactions involved large scale real estate developments, business transactions and financings in the US and foreign countries.

Professional and Civic Activities:

Mr. Fohrman is the former chair of the Real Property Section of the California Bar Association, the founder and first editor of the California Real Property Journal (published by the California State Bar), former chair of the Real Property Finance Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mr. Fohrman was the editor in chief of the International Law Journal (published by the California State Bar). He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has lectured on legal and international topics at Universities, Bar Associations and public forums. Mr. Fohrman has served on the boards of a number of non profit organizations. Mr. Fohrman was named as a Super Lawyer for 2010.


Mr Fohrman received a bachelor’s degree in 1960 from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor degree in 1963 from the University of California, Los Angeles.