Brent Nomura

Brent Nomura founded Merrill, Nomura & Molineux with Charles Merrill and Karl Molineux in 2000. Mr. Nomura obtained his JD from Northwestern University in 1985, where he was the editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. He has been advising and counseling clients in real estate, mergers and acquisitions and business transactions for over twenty-five years.

He started legal practice as a real estate lawyer in Honolulu with Carlsmith, Wichman and Case, Hawaii’s largest and oldest law firm. During that time, Mr. Nomura handled the sale and acquisition of office buildings, industrial properties, golf courses, shopping centers and hotels, including the sale of the Ilikai and Hyatt Regency hotels in Waikiki. He also represented the Estate of James Campbell in the phased development of the Ko Olina Resort located in West Oahu.

In 1988, Mr. Nomura joined the San Francisco law firm of Steefel, Levitt and Weiss. At Steefel, his practice emphasized commercial real estate and financial transactions, including real estate development, commercial mortgage finance and loan restructurings.

In 1991, Mr. Nomura relocated to Contra Costa County, where he continued to develop his real estate and business practice as a partner with Smith, Merrill & Peffer. In May of 2000, he co-founded Merrill, Nomura & Molineux.

Mr. Nomura is active in the local community. He has taught corporate law for several years at the undergraduate and graduate level at California State University, East Bay and other local universities. He also serves on several community boards and bank advisory committees.   His clients include banks, wineries, commercial landlords, developers, builders, architectural, engineering and design firms, real estate brokers, multiple listing service providers, homeowner associations, franchisee associations, management companies, professional corporations and non-profit organizations.

Areas of Practice

Business Transactions
Real Estate Transactions

Bar Admissions



Northwestern University
JD, 1985

Linfield College
BA Philosophy, 1982


Brent Nomura
(925) 833-1000 ext. 102

65 Oak Court
Danville, CA 94526