Tim Paone



Insight Beyond The Basics

The true measure of a land use lawyer's value is found not merely in the technical knowledge common to most land use lawyers, but in broad experience, knowledge, and creativity that are far less common. Mix in an understanding of the client's business goals and values, and the attorney with these uncommon traits can make a positive difference in the efficiency, cost, and success of the entitlement effort. Tim's diverse experience and distinct approach to his craft allow him to recognize and strategically pursue his clients' objectives.

Named by California's leading daily legal publication, the Daily Journal, as one of "California's Top 30 Real Estate Lawyers for 2012," Tim also has been recognized in the highly respected Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007, and named by his peers as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" for ten consecutive years.

Experience That Matters

Tim's insight comes not only from his entitlement background, but also from experience in private land development, his early years as a business and real estate litigator, and public service. He has managed entitlement for The Irvine Company's projects in Newport Beach, Anaheim, and Orange, served as a Planning Commission Chairman and a Governor's appointee to the California Law Revision Commission, and taught Environmental Law Practice as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University School of Law. 

Entitlement Throughout California

Known for his thoughtful strategic approach, Tim guides his clients through the often frustrating crush of governmental regulation. His practice emphasizes CEQA, the Coastal Act, development agreements, and the local planning process. He has worked on projects across California, most often in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties. 

Courtroom Success

Tim's safeguarding of his clients' interests extends to courtrooms throughout the State of California. Whether defending against a CEQA challenge or reversing a Coastal Commission project denial, his entitlement experience and practical business perspective have produced an excellent success rate.


Residential Communities: Bolsa Chica (County of Orange), Newport Coast (County of Orange, Newport Beach), Shea-Baker Ranch (Lake Forest), Mountain Park (Anaheim), SouthShore (Oxnard), Eagle Crest (Escondido), Sunnymead Ranch (Moreno Valley), Ladera Ranch (County of Orange), and One Ford Road (Newport Beach)

Residential Infill: Projects of varying sizes in Anaheim, Orange, Lancaster, Temecula, Fountain Valley, Apple Valley, Los Angeles, and Santa Clarita

Shopping Malls: Santa Monica Place (Santa Monica) and Fashion Island (Newport Beach)

Large Multi-Family Projects: Villa Venetia (240 waterfront units, Marina del Rey), Alexan Orangewood (1000 units, Platinum Triangle, Anaheim), and Bayview Landing (seniors affordable housing, Newport Beach)

Oil Operations: Newport Banning Ranch, a coastal oil field in Orange County/Newport Beach

Blufftop Development: Aerie (Newport Beach)

Hotels: A five-star resort in Dana Point and a proposed boutique hotel and tennis club in Newport Beach

Oceanfront Homes: Homes in Carlsbad and Laguna Beach

Health Care Facilities: Major hospital campus expansion in Coastal Zone (Newport Beach); an 80-bed acute psychiatric care facility (Mission Viejo)

Schools and Churches: A private school in Orange and a Cathedral in Santa Ana; school mitigation agreements in many communities.

Mixed Use: Gene Autry Experience (Platinum Triangle, Anaheim), Alexan Pacific Grove (278 units, Orange), and Vantis (Aliso Viejo)

Retail: Shopping centers in Newport Beach, Vista, San Clemente, Milpitas, and Anaheim; "Big Box" entitlement and litigation in Anaheim, Torrance, Perris, Ontario.

Commercial/Industrial: Pacific Commercentre (County of Orange) and Baker Ranch (County of Orange, Lake Forest)

Open Space/Recreational: County Regional Park dedications (Upper Newport Bay, Back Bay,and Upper Peters Canyon), Bayview Park (Newport Beach)

Awards &

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, Land Use & Zoning, 2007-2017
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2016
  • California's Top 30 Real Estate Lawyers for 2012, The Daily Journal

Professional Affiliations

  • Building Industry Association of Orange County, Board of Directors, 1994-2006
  • Building Industry Association of Orange County,  Executive Committee, 1995-1996
  • Building Industry Association of Orange County, Housing Committee,  Co-Chair, 2000-2009
  • California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, Advisory Board, 1995-1999
  • California Law Revision Commission, Appointee of Governor George Deukmejian, 1985-1989
  • Chapman University School of Law, Environmental Law Practice, Adjunct Professor

Community Affiliations

  • Community Foundation of Orange, Board of Directors, 2001-2009
  • Community Foundation of Orange,  President, 2006-2008
  • Foundation for the Great Park, Board of Directors, 2005-2013
  • Home Aid Orange County, Board of Directors, 1998-present
  • Home Aid Orange County, Executive Committee, 2006-2009; 2011-present
  • Huntington Beach Planning Commission, 1978-1980; 1981-1983; Chairman, 1979; 1982-1983
  • Orange County Forum, Board of Directors, 1995-2005
  • Orange County Youth Sports Foundation, Board of Directors, 1977-Present
  • Orange County Youth Sports Foundation,  President, 1981-1982
  • Servite High School, Anaheim, President's Advisory Board, 1998-2010


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Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California


  • J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, 1975
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1972