I became a lawyer after serving for more than 30 years in local government as a city planner. Rather than retiring, I decided to go to law school, with the strong encouragement from Dan Curtin, several city attorneys I had worked with, and a couple of judges. I focus on property and environmental law, building on my expertise as a city planner. (I received the American Planning Association's 2002 Outstanding Planning Award for work I had done to enable and promote transit-oriented development. I have also received awards from the California Chapter of the APA for general planning and for environmental law implementation.) I have also worked with members of the California Legislature to write legislation dealing with tenant - landlord law, brownfields development and urban infill and transit-oriented development.
My practice generally provides expert assistance to other lawyers and law firms to help them provide service to their business and individual clients. I also provide assistance to individual clients, assisting them in obtaining public agency permits and clearances, helping to resolve property issues with neighbors, and representing individuals and businesses before cities and other agencies. I bring my extensive experience as a city planner both in understanding local and California land use and environmental regulations, and in preparing an effective presentation of the client's proposal to the local agency or to the neighbor. I have been qualified as an Expert Witness before the California Superior Court in land use regulations and property valuation.
I graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law in May, 2007 and passed the California Bar later that year. I established my law practice in 2008.
I have been published in the Santa Clara University Journal of International Law, "British Property Law and Human Rights: Possible Lessons from the U.S. Constitution" following study at Oxford under Roger Smith of Magdalen College, and in the ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, "Delta Levees: Tort Immunity vs. Takings Liability."
Other areas of law that I am expanding into include: Elder law, especially wills and trusts and overall estate planning; becoming an LEED Certified Professional; and mortgage restructuring and forclosure avoidance. I recently have qualified as an Arbritrator for the Better Business Bureau's Auto Warranty Arbitration Program.
California Bar (2007)
Bachelor of Environmental Design, U.C., Berkeley
Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, San Jose State University
Juris Doctor, Santa Clara University
Professional Associations & Memberships
Santa Clara Bar Association, California Bar Association, American Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section, Real Property Section, Santa Clara University School of Law Alumni Association
Honors and Awards
Outstanding Planning Award, 2002, American Planning Association
Outstanding Planning Awards (2), 1992, Calif. Chapter, Amer. Planning Assoc.
Senior Technical Editor, Santa Clara University Journal of International Law
Parliamentarian, Student Bar Association, Santa Clara University
Quarles and Brady Prize for Legal Writing, 2007
Areas of Practice
- Administrative Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
- Construction Law
- Environmental Law
- Real Estate
- Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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