Stanley W. Lamport

Partner

Overview

Stan is consistently recognized as one of California's leading land use and entitlement lawyers, as well as a leader in the field of lawyer professional responsibility and ethics. Stan has a full service land use and real estate development practice that includes representing clients in connection with project acquisition, entitlement strategy, transactional issues, project processing and advocacy, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, and litigation. He has represented clients in cities and counties throughout California, and is widely known for his work in the California coastal zone. 

Stan has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and as one of the Southern California Super Lawyers in the field of land use and zoning law for many years. He teaches courses on land use law and CEQA to government agency planners, environmental professionals, lawyers, and developers throughout California. He has been qualified as an expert witness in land use law and legal ethics in numerous cases.

Full Service Land Use And Entitlement Practice

Stan's practice focuses on creating and executing strategies to entitle and develop real estate. With over 30 years of experience as both a transactional land use lawyer and as a land use litigator, Stan offers practical advice on a broad range of issues extending across the entire spectrum of the process – from project acquisition and project planning to entitlement processing, post approval condition compliance, and litigation.  He has handled a wide range of projects, including residential, industrial, distribution, office, retail, agricultural, mixed-use, and hospitality developments. His work encompasses California planning and zoning law, CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, the California Coastal Act, endangered species, wetlands, historic preservation, exactions and dedications, takings, due process, and many other land use issues.

How real estate is acquired and held is increasingly an issue in the entitlement process that can jeopardize the value of a real estate investment. Stan assists clients in addressing these issues when acquiring a property, including emerging "unity of ownership" issues. Stan assists clients during the project design phase to identify and implement approaches to reduce both the processing time once an application is submitted and potential litigation risks. 

Stan regularly represents clients before cities, counties, and federal, state, and local public agencies in the land use entitlement process. Whether working with public officials and advocating for clients in public hearings or advising clients discretely behind the scenes, Stan assists clients in positioning projects for approval and in reducing the potential litigation risks that frequently accompany the California land use and entitlement process. 

Stan also litigates land use cases in the trial and appellate courts. In over 30 years of practice, he has never had a project approval challenged successfully in court. He has also successfully challenged adverse decisions for clients in court. 

California Coastal Practice

Stan has an extensive California Coastal Commission and California Coastal Act practice. He has successfully represented clients before the Coastal Commission. He works closely with commissioners and staff at all levels on projects located throughout the coastal zone. He has successfully litigated cases with the Coastal Commission. Stan also regularly works in cities and counties in the coastal zone. He has considerable experience handling the interplay between the California Coastal Act and local land use regulation, including the unique CEQA issues that arise in these settings.

Stan is a frequent lecturer on issues involving the Coastal Act and the Coastal Commission. He has taught courses on these subjects in both Southern and Northern California. He is also a featured speaker in policy forums on the Coastal Commission and the Coastal Act. He has been qualified as an expert witness in cases involving the Coastal Commission and the Coastal Act.

Industry Involvement

Stan is at the forefront of legislative issues affecting the residential and commercial real estate industry. He has been an active member of the California Business Properties Association (CBPA) since 1990 and has worked with the California Building Industry Association for many years. Stan chaired CBPA's board of directors and currently chairs its legislative policy committee. He has drafted a number of bills that were introduced in the California legislature and enacted into law, including all of the automatic map extension provisions in the California Subdivision Map Act.

Legal Ethics

Stan has been active in the field of legal ethics for 25 years. Since 2001, Stan has served on the State Bar's Commission for the Revision of the California Rules of Professional Conduct, a 13-member body appointed by the State Bar in consultation with the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to revise and update the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Stan served six years on the California State Bar's Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct during which he served as the committee's chair. He is a former chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics. He is the co-author and editor of a treatise on lawyer conflicts of interest and is a frequent lecturer, consultant and expert witness on the subject.

Representative
Matters

Land Use And Entitlements

Obtained Santa Barbara County approval of one of the most complex and contested projects on the California coast including development agreements, plan amendments, rezonings, Williamson Act contract termination, and multiple lot entitlements encompassing over 3,000 acres of land. The approvals and EIR were upheld in court.

Obtained Los Angeles County approval of a 75 lot residential subdivision in unincorporated Santa Clarita. Assisted client in overcoming issues that had delayed the processing of the application for several years.

Assisted a client in planning development of a major distribution facility in Los Angeles County, including working with the city to commence CEQA work while the project was being designed in order to shorten the entitlement process and reduce issues by incorporating mitigation into project design.

Obtained city approval of mixed-use civic center project involving complex CEQA and resource issues. Project approvals were upheld in court.

Obtained approval of variance to construct roadway and related improvements in connection with residential project after successful litigation challenging city's prior denial of the variance. Worked with city council members, city attorney, and staff following court judgment to obtain approval.

Assisted client in developing onsite waste treatment facility in Los Angeles County as part of approved tentative map, including obtaining Regional Water Quality Control Board approval and negotiation of operating agreements.

Obtained City of Los Angeles approval of multi-family residential project involving potential historic preservation designation. Successfully opposed the proposed historic designation and obtained city council approval of the project.

Assisted client in Coastal Conservancy funded sale of land to city as part of entitlement process for reuse of industrial facility on California north coast, including all negotiations and documentation of the multi-party transaction.

Obtained multiple Los Angeles County approvals for residential development in the Santa Monica Mountains over vigorous opposition. Project approvals upheld in court.

Assisted public agency client in approval of amphitheater project at large public venue in Northern California, including assisting client in completing EIR, conducting public hearings, and building record in support of approval.

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Successfully defended litigation challenging client subdivision approval based on allegations that the tentative map had expired.

Assisted various clients in obtaining conditional use permits, site plan review approvals, and other discretionary approval for various projects in numerous cities in Southern California.

Coastal Commission Matters

Represented a client before the Coastal Commission in proceeding to revoke client's coastal development permit. Represented the client at the Coastal Commission hearing and in subsequent litigation brought by the party seeking revocation.

Lead counsel before the Coastal Commission on applications in which the Commission first applied "unity of ownership" theory. Represented client in subsequent legal proceedings and in repositioning of project for follow up review by the Commission.

Obtained coastal development permits for a variety of private landowners for residential and commercial projects from the Coastal Commission.

Obtained Coastal Commission approval of coastal development permit that relieved the client of onerous conditions previously imposed by the Commission in prior enforcement proceedings.

Represented a client in one of the few cases in which a court has overturned a Coastal Commission cease and desist order. Negotiated a settlement with the Coastal Commission that absolved the client of the violations after the trial court decision.

Successfully challenged Coastal Commission permit condition requiring client to record a public conservation easement on undeveloped portions of the client's land and worked with commissioners and staff to approve the client's project without the condition.

Resolved complex public access issues over multiple properties in Malibu. Assisted a client in working with Cal Trans to privatize public right-of-way and directing public use away from client's property. Successfully defended litigation challenging Cal Trans' action.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements

Recent Publications

Recent Speaking Engagements

Awards &
Affiliations

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, Land Use & Zoning and Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, 2007-2017
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2006; 2008-2016

Professional Affiliations

California Business Properties Association

  • Member, Board of Directors, 1996 - present.
    Chair, 2000 – 2002
    Vice-chair, 1998 –2000
  • Member, Board of Directors, 1996 - present.
    Chair, 2000 – 2002
    Vice-chair, 1998 –2000

  • Membership Committee, chair, 1996 - 1997.

California Building Industry Association

  • Select Conference on Industry Litigation, invited member, 1991 - present.

Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics, 1988 - present.
    Chair, 1991-1992.
  • Member, Committee on Evaluation of Professional Standards, 1991 - 2002.
  • Advisor, Los Angeles County Bar Association on legal ethics issues, 1993 - 1998.

National Association of Industrial Office Properties, SoCal Chapter.

  • Member, Board of Directors, 2000 - 2013
    Secretary, 2000
    Treasurer, 2003
    Programming and Education Liaison, 2001 - 2002

National Association of Industrial Office Properties, Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

  • Member, Board of Directors, 1995 - 1999.
    Member Public Affairs Committee, 1995 - 1999.
    Chair, 1996 - 1999.

State Bar of California

  • Member, Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct, July 2001- present
  • Member, Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, October, 1992 - 1998.
    Vice-chair, 1995-1996.
    Chair, 1996-1997.
    Special advisor, 1997-1998.
  • Member, Ethics Subcommittee, Standing Committee on ADR, October 1997 - 2000.

Adjunct Professor, University of La Verne College of Law, 2014 (taught professional responsibility course)

Guest Lecturer, University of Southern California Law Center 1990 – 2003, 2009 - 2012

  • (lecturing on real estate purchase and sale litigation and legal ethics for advanced real estate course taught by Professor George Lefcoe and lecture on lawyer conflicts of interest for LLM program legal ethics class taught by Professor James I. Ham)

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University Law School
  • B.A., University of Southern California