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Land use decisions in California are affected by legal regulations and land values. At the Litigation Law Group we are committed to developing practical and cost-effective solutions for our clients, We provides advice, advocacy and litigation services with regard to property rights and entitlements. Our clients are residential, industrial, and commercial developers, as well as land owners and users. We advise our clients and work with consultants regarding general plan, zoning, subdivision map and permitting issues, including obtaining, utilizing and protecting entitlements and vested rights in real property. In conjunction with the environmental consultants and planning departments, we work to develop defensible environmental documents, appear before local agencies and defend against challenges (e.g., from neighborhood groups, labor, competitors). We also draft various agreements in connection with the development process.

Our role is to advise clients and advocate for them through local processes including public hearings in seeking government approvals and agreements related to their real property interests. We also provide litigation services associated with clients’ development efforts and real property interests.

At the Litigation Law Group our practice also includes interpretation of State laws, local ordinances and municipal contracts. We advise clients on analysis and application of local government law and advocate on their behalf.. We also work with clients in developing responses to requests for proposals and other contractual issues.

We find it extremely helpful to be able to explain to public entities on the one hand, and to private parties on the other, how the “other side” would analyze an issue and how they are likely to react. Without compromising the Firm’s representation or demonizing the other party, the group’s attorneys can effectively represent clients on the public or private side of these matters.

The land use practice also has a strong emphasis in local and state permitting requirements and has litigated numerous land use, environmental, and condemnation cases. The Litigation Law Group provides representation and advice in a variety of areas, including:

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Fees, dedications and exactions
  • Development agreements
  • Due diligence analysis
  • Eminent domain and inverse condemnation
  • Complex, mixed-use projects
  • Green development, including LEED certification
  • Subdivision Map Act
  • Sensitive habitats and properties (including hillsides and endangered species habitats, and historic structures and sites)
  • Zoning, conditional use permits, building permits and architectural and site approvals
  • Special taxes, general taxes and assessment districts
  • Brown Act, Public Records Act, political campaign and disclosure laws

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