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California Land Use & Development Law Report Legal Commentary on Planning and Development

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Louise Adamson

 Louise Adamson’s  practice is focused on on real estate, land use and development, including the acquisition and disposition, leasing, financing, entitlement, development, and construction of properties located throughout the United States, together with related business and corporate matters including entity structure and formation and tax deferred exchanges.  Louise has represented clients on a wide variety of projects including urban and suburban office buildings, commercial campuses, retail warehouse development, shopping centers, renewable energy projects, industrial and manufacturing facilities, data centers, subdivisions, residential care facilities, mixed-use developments, schools, vineyards, high-end residential, resorts and golf courses.

 J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law 1998.

Cecily Barclay

Cecily Barclay Cecily Barclay’s practice is focused on land use and entitlements, real estate acquisition and development and local government law. She represents landowners, developers and public agencies in all aspects of acquisition, entitlement and development of land, including land use application processing, drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, negotiating and securing the approval of development agreements, general plan amendments, specific plans, planned development zoning, annexations, initiatives and referenda, and tentative and final subdivision maps and also advises clients on water supply and water rights issues.

J.D. Harvard University 1988.

Marc Bruner

Marc Bruner Marc Bruner counsels clients on strategic development plans, environmental studies, and environmental and land use permits for a broad range of public and private development projects. Marc’s work involves federal laws and regulations, including NEPA , the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, as well as California laws and regulations such as CEQA, the California Endangered Species Act, the Integrated Waste Management Act, the Subdivision Map Act, and the Planning and Zoning Law. He also has experience with California laws and regulations governing water supply, water quality, use of recycled water, coastal development, state lands and the public trust, conversion of agricultural lands, and historic resources.

J.D. Yale Law School 1993.

Michelle H. Chan

Michelle Chan has extensive experience in commercial real estate and has worked on transactions in a variety of areas, including real estate, corporate and public finance. Michelle represents owners, investors, developers and lenders in the sale and acquisition of real estate, office leasing negotiations and real estate financing.

J.D. Loyola University Chicago School of Law 2010.

Marie Cooper

Marie Cooper Marie Cooper focuses her practice on land use entitlement processing and land use litigation. Marie is experienced with issues arising under the Planning and Zoning Laws, CEQA, NEPA, California water supply statutes, water rights law, RLUIPA, initiatives and referenda, and California laws governing annexations. Marie is also skilled in handling Williamson Act matters, including cancellations, easement exchanges, and use of agricultural land for renewable energy facilities. Marie has extensive litigation experience defending land use entitlements, planning and zoning enactments, development fees and dedications, annexation proceedings, and initiatives and referenda.

J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law 1984.

Matt Gray

Matt Gray Matt Gray concentrates his practice on land use entitlement processing, representing a range of local agencies, real estate developers and landowners. He assists clients in negotiating and securing approval of development agreements, general plan amendments, specific plans, zoning, subdivision approvals, and annexations of land into cities and special districts and advises clients on compliance with CEQA and other state and federal regulatory programs. Matt is also experienced in negotiating purchase and sale agreements, affordable housing agreements, mitigation fee agreements, conservation agreements, forming land-based financing mechanisms, advising clients on water supply issues, and use of the initiative and referendum processes in context of the land use planning.

J.D. Georgetown University Law Center 1997.

Arthur Haubenstock

Arthur HaubenstockArthur Haubenstock  has significant experience navigating the complex state and federal procedures that are necessary to bring state-of-the-art renewable energy projects on line. His leadership in developing aspects of energy law and policy and his deep background in environmental law strengthens the firm’s national energy and environmental practice and offers clients unique insights into the complicated and competitive landscape.

J.D. Georgetown University Law Center 1989.

Julie Jones

Julie Jones Julie Jones counsels clients regarding issues that arise under CEQA and NEPA, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and a range of other California and federal statutes and regulations that affect land use. Julie is also an experienced trial and appellate court litigator in both state and federal courts and regularly defends project approvals against challenges brought under CEQA and other environmental and land use statutes.

J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law 1988.

Steve Kostka

Steve Kostka Steve Kostka has represented clients in courts throughout California in cases involving CEQA, NEPA, the Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, California water supply planning legislation and other state and federal environmental and land use statutes. Steve has represented clients in land use and environmental cases in most of the trial courts in California, in all of the courts of appeal and in the supreme court. He also has extensive experience counseling public agencies and private clients on the requirements of land use and environmental regulations and compliance with the provisions of CEQA and NEPA.

J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law 1973.

Allan E. Low

Allan Low has a broad range of experience, including real estate transactions, real estate finance and development projects. He represents developers and property owners with the purchase and sale of single assets and portfolio transactions, leasing, lease amendments, lease restructuring, and enforcement of leases. Allan has significant experience advising property owners on subdivisions, easements and other land-sharing arrangements. He also advises on zoning amendments, special-use districts, variances, conditional use permits, and obtaining and defending issuance of permits and other land use entitlements.

J.D. University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

James W. McTarnaghan

Jim McTarnaghan has more than 25 years of experience addressing regulatory and business issues involving the energy and telecommunications industries at both the state and federal levels. As the importance of climate change issues continues to grow, Jim has increased the focus in his practice on renewable energy issues and projects. Jim also has an active telecommunications practice, representing participants in the wireless telephone and broadband industries in rulemakings and adjudicatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

J.D. The George Washington University Law School 1983.

Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy Alan Murphy has represented private entities, public agencies and energy companies in securing and defending land use entitlements. He has worked on a citizens’ initiative to amend a city’s general plan, specific plan, zoning and other ordinances to accommodate a major development project. Alan’s experience also includes CEQA and NEPA litigation over project approvals and advising clients in preparing development applications.

J.D. Yale Law School 2008.

Geoff Robinson

Geoff Robinson Geoff Robinson represents clients in land use, development and real estate litigation in courts throughout California. He represents clients in cases involving the Planning and Zoning law, CEQA, development fees and exactions, mitigation requirements and public financing districts. Geoff has also handled a broad range of water law matters, including a groundwater basin rights adjudication, and appellate cases involving water supply assessments and urban water management plans.

J.D. University of California Hastings College of Law 1983.

Barbara Schussman

Barbara Schussman Barbara Schussman secures federal, state and local agency approvals for development of a wide range of private and public projects. She counsels clients on compliance with CEQA and NEPA and on approvals required under the Planning and Zoning Law and other land use and environmental regulations, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, federal and state Endangered Species Acts, California Coastal Act and the Subdivision Map Act. Barbara is also an experienced litigator, and has defended approvals and environmental permits in both the state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court.

J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law 1989.

Christopher Tom

Christopher Tom Christopher Tom counsels municipalities, public agencies, and private developers and companies on a range of environmental and land use issues such as compliance with CEQA, county and municipal zoning ordinances, the Clean Air Act, and California air regulations.  Chris has experience conducting environmental, land use, and real estate due diligence, including analysis of water rights, water supply, and vested development rights.  Chris has also drafted agreements and transactional documents for development projects and real estate finance workouts.

 J.D. Columbia University School of Law 2010.