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One Montgomery Street
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San Francisco, CA 94104, United States
Phone: 415 391 4800
Fax: 415 989 1663
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Finance & Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
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  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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  • California
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50-100 Attorneys

Registration Rule Decision Invites Congress to Expand FAA Authority Over Hobby Drones (Or Not)

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling vacating the Federal Aviation Administration's "Registration Rule," which required owners of small unmanned aircraft ("drones") operated for…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ting Density Bonus Legislation Now Limited to San Francisco

As reported in our prior blog post, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced amendments to the State Density Bonus law (AB 915) that would specifically require all local jurisdictions to impose their local…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017: Overdue or Over-reaching?

On March 15, 2017, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced federal legislation entitled the Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017. The proposed legislation seeks to address growing…more
 /  Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Wading Through the Flood of New Housing Legislation

Having trouble keeping up with the seemingly endless torrent of new housing laws? You are not alone. Here is our summary of the key pending State and San Francisco legislation aimed at increasing housing/affordable housing…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Wiener’s Streamlined Infill Housing Approvals Legislation Continues to Move Forward

We reported in December that State Senator Scott Wiener marked his first day in state office by introducing legislation (SB 35) to address barriers to housing production. Senator Wiener has introduced amendments to SB 35 that…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Affordable Housing Bonus Program Takes Shape in San Francisco

The State Density Bonus law has been in effect for almost 40 years, but it has required a prolonged housing crisis to push San Francisco to adopt a local implementing ordinance. Last year the Board of Supervisors adopted the…more
 /  Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Ting Legislation Seeks to Pave the Way for Fees on Density Bonus Units

Assembly member Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced new amendments to the State Density Bonus law on March 15, 2017 that would specifically require local jurisdictions to impose their local inclusionary housing requirements…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Influencer Marketing: Best Practices for Advertisers & Agencies

Influencer marketing saw explosive growth in 2016, with 86% of marketers having used the tactic, 94% of whom found it effective. In 2016, most marketers spent between $25,000 to $50,000 per influencer marketing program, which…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Competing Inclusionary Housing Proposals Introduced at the Board of Supervisors

Is the City another step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and implementation of Proposition C? Board of Supervisors members have introduced two competing ordinances that seek to call the question…more
 /  Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Inclusionary Housing Recommendations a Mixed Bag for Developers

The City is one step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and local implementation of the State Density Bonus law now that the City Controller has released its final recommendations to the Board of…more
 /  Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Annual Filing for Welfare Exemption Due On or Before February 15th

The February 15, 2017 deadline for nonprofit organizations in California seeking to initially obtain or renew exemption from property taxes is quickly approaching, and there are changes to the reporting requirements if your…more
 /  Nonprofit Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Taxation

Transportation Demand Management Program Takes Effect in SF: How Will Your Project Comply?

On February 7th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the implementing ordinance for San Francisco’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program. Pending the Mayor’s approval, the TDM Program will take…more
 /  Construction Law, Transportation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to…more
 /  Business Organizations, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

State Density Bonus Law Debuts in San Francisco

The San Francisco Planning Commission took a major step on December 8, 2016, by approving the first market rate housing project to utilize the State Density Bonus law. The State law, which has been in effect for almost 40…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Senator Wiener Moves Quickly out of the Gate on Housing Bill

Shortly after being sworn in as California State Senator on Monday, former San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced SB 35, placeholder legislation addressing barriers to housing production. The legislation currently…more
 /  Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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