Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass

One Montgomery Street
Suite 3000
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
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Hobby Lobby Case Highlights Limitations on Charitable Deductions Claimed by Irrevocable Trusts

Green vs. U.S., No. 16-6371 (10th Cir., Jan. 12, 2018) - Practitioners and donors often forget a pesky donation limitation that applies only to irrevocable trusts: the deduction for a real property donation is limited to the…more
 /  Nonprofit Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Local Implementation of Senate Bill 35

The San Francisco Planning Director issued a Bulletin in December 2017 explaining how SB 35 will be implemented locally now that it is effective, as of January 1, 2018. Among other things, the Bulletin includes a new ministerial…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

State Grants Two Year CEQA Streamlining Extension for “Environmental Leadership Projects”

On October 6, 2017, Governor Brown approved Assembly Bill (AB) 246, extending certain CEQA litigation streamlining provisions under the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2011 (the Act) for two…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Environmental Justice Element Now Required for California’s General Plans

As of January 1, 2018, California’s cities, counties, and charter cities are required to either adopt an Environmental Justice Element in their General Plan or integrate Environmental Justice policies and goals into the elements…more
 /  Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Bipartisan House Bill Addresses Syndicated Conservation Easement Tax Shelters

Last week, Representative Mike Kelly (R) of Pennsylvania and Representative Mike Thompson (D) of California introduced the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2017 as H.R. 4459. The Act is simple;…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Taxation

Dude, Where’s My Car? San Francisco’s New Gross Floor Area Definition Furthers Sustainable Transportation Goals

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering minor modifications to the Planning Code definition of Gross Floor Area. The Planning Department characterizes these changes as “good government” measures to clarify the Code…more
 /  Transportation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Tax Court Declines to Follow First Circuit Ruling on Mortgage Subordinations & Conservation Easements

This month, the Tax Court revived a method to defeat conservation deductions with its October 10 opinion published as Palmolive Building Investors LLC et al. v. Commissioner, No. 23444-14; 149 T.C. No. 18 (Oct. 10, 2017),…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Taxation

Governor Brown Signs Major Housing Package Into Law

On September 29, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law a 15-bill housing package. The housing package did not include AB 915, which would have authorized the City and County of San Francisco to impose local inclusionary…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Action Required to Maintain DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

Parties that operate websites may enjoy immunity from copyright liability for the infringing posts of their users under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). The DMCA offers a “safe harbor” from copyright…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones Act Extended

On September 27, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an extension of the Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones Act. Rather than sunsetting on January 1, 2019, the Act now extends until January 1, 2029…more
 /  Agriculture, Taxation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Assessing Drone Industry Successes & Challenges as the FAA's Small Commercial Drone Rule Turns 1

The Federal Aviation Administration's ("FAA's") Part 107 rule for small commercial drone operation, effective as of August 2016, has now been up and running for over a year. In light of this milestone, the FAA recently took the…more
 /  Administrative Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Five Lessons All Companies Can Learn From The Equifax Data Breach

The Equifax data breach has dominated news headlines for weeks, and Equifax will be dealing with the legal and financial fallout from the breach for many years. While many companies may be relieved not to be in Equifax's…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Landmark Second Circuit Ruling Clarifies the Standards for Mobile Contracts

On August 17, 2017, the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling in Meyer v. Kalanick that clarifies the standards for contract formation in the age of smartphones and mobile contracting, providing…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

New Cases Provide Mixed Messages to Conservation Easement Donors

Fifth Circuit encourages flexibility for conservation easement deductions in Bosque Mountain Ranch, while Tax Court makes it difficult for farmers in Rutkoske. Two important conservation easement opinions were handed down last…more
 /  Agriculture, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Taxation

The BOE Death Trap: Avoid Property Tax Penalties on the Death of a Family Member

In many cases California’s property tax rules automatically penalize insufficiently counseled individuals who inherit interests in real estate-owning legal entities from a family member upon their death. To avoid this penalty,…more
 /  Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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