Real Estate & Land Use


Our office assists clients with a broad spectrum of complex commercial real estate transactions. We counsel land owners when acquiring, developing, constructing, financing and selling their real property. We represent both landlords and tenants with office, retail, industrial and ground leases. Our clients also include real estate professionals such as architects, engineers and brokers. The firm's areas of expertise include:

  • Purchase and sale
  • Acquisition and construction financing (both borrowers and lenders)
  • Leasing
  • Unlawful detainer issues
  • Co-tenancies
  • Brokerage relationships
  • Easements and licenses
  • Adverse possession and prescriptive rights
  • CCR's and other title restrictions
  • Deed of trust foreclosure


We also assist clients through all phases of the entitlement process for development and use of real property. We help both small property owners and large developers navigate the often complex web of land use regulations controlling the use of real property. Working intimately with a client's project team, our attorneys serve as a liaison to staff of the oversight agency to speed project approval, appear before governmental boards and commissions, and coordinate appeals of administrative determinations. We have experience with:

  • Design review
  • Conditional use applications
  • Variances
  • Zoning determinations
  • CEQA environmental review
  • Historic preservation issues
  • Special use and historic districts
  • Administrative appeals
  • Subdivision Map Act
  • Subdivided Lands Act
  • Lot line adjustments
  • Creek and tree protection ordinances
  • Exactions and takings
  • Community relations
  • Land use due diligence prior to purchase or lease of property