Ken is a vital resource for his real estate developer clients, counseling them throughout the land use entitlement process and, when necessary, defending them in court. He has advised for over 40 years clients on all aspects of planning, zoning, and environmental review and representing them before planning commissions, city councils, boards of supervisors, and in trial and appellate courts. He also works with landowners and condemnors in eminent domain matters.
Sought-After Trial And Appellate Court Experience
Having tried dozens of cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, Ken has argued four times before the California Supreme Court and more than a dozen of his 75-plus appeals have resulted in published opinions. This is in addition to handling more than 50 trial court cases, primarily for California developers. He has submitted amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders and has sat on moot courts to prepare lawyers arguing on behalf of landowners before that Court.
Ken was a member, and then Chair, of the State Bar Appellate Committee and a member of the committee which wrote the Los Angeles County Superior Court rules on CEQA litigation.
Teacher And Lecturer On Land Use And Land Use Litigation
Ken taught remedies and land use at the University of Southern California Law School for 25 years and courses on land use and land use litigation for trial judges in California and other states around the nation. He has also spoken on land use matters at the National Association of Home Builder's annual International Builders Show more than a dozen times.
As a sought after professional in land use law, Ken's published paper on the use of the Civil Rights Act in land use litigation has been cited by courts several times. He has served as an editor on treatises dealing with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the California Subdivision Map Act published by the California Continuing Education of the Bar and is a co-author of the chapter on exactions in California Land Use Practice published by the CEB.