Representative Matters

Our experience with land development, real estate, and housing includes:

  • Representing and advising the owner and developer of a 188-acre property in Staten Island, New York, which is among the largest privately-owned, undeveloped parcels in New York City, a former major oil storage facility and is the subject of a consent order governing the site’s remediation and the preservation of wetlands on the site, on matters relating to the environmental impact review of potential development proposals, construction of road transportation corridors and facilities, wetlands permitting and compliance, and management of materials under beneficial use determinations, and assisting in communications and negotiations with private stakeholders and state and federal governmental authorities.
  • Serving as California and nationwide environmental counsel for a large real estate investment trust that has numerous portfolios of specialized property with environmental engagements running from investment-related investigations and matters for owned properties to work-out risk management and allocation matters, including interacting with regulatory agencies and technical consultants, drafting of purchase and sale agreements and specialized municipal agreements, and negotiating insurance contracts.
  • Serving as environmental counsel for the owner of the largest urban infill Brownfield project in California and one of the largest in the U.S. at a 240-acre site in downtown Sacramento that was contaminated by 130 years of railroad operations and is zoned for up to 11,000 residential units as well as commercial uses, where we negotiated a complex site-remediation agreement with the former owner, a host of regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders, including the then future owner and developer of the property to clean up, sell, and develop the property covering scores of separate agreements with private and government entities, including purchase and sale agreements, easements, and settlement agreements and public funding agreements, regulatory documents, and access agreements.
  • Suing the Federal Highway Administration and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on behalf of the City of Oakland to void a property transfer from the Oakland Army Base to Caltrans that threatened to isolate Oakland’s planned development of the former Base property, successfully settling the cases by obtaining permanent easements across the Caltrans parcels and assuring access.