Margo N. Bradish

Partner

Overview

A Strategic Counselor In Securing Land Use Approvals

Margo is best known for her practical and strategic approach to the land use approval process.  She counsels clients on structuring entitlement strategies that not only satisfy legal requirements, but also maximize client objectives and opportunities to develop political support, neutralize opposition, and minimize the risk of challenge.  With over 25 years of experience in jurisdictions spanning the Bay Area, Margo has guided developers, corporate users, and non-profits from due diligence and entitlement strategy development through successful project approval.  She has assisted clients in securing entitlements for transit-oriented and urban infill developments, corporate campuses (including technology and biotechnology), office and industrial parks, residential and mixed-use projects, retail and lifestyle centers, senior housing, military base reuse projects, schools, and an array of other projects.

A Trusted Advisor For California Developers

Margo is one of Northern California’s leading entitlements lawyers.  Clients trust Margo for practical, experienced counsel on the full gamut of development laws, including general and specific plans, zoning, development agreements, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), housing law (including Housing Accountability Act, SB 35, and SB 330), historic resources, subdivisions, use permits, fees, exactions, and conditions, density bonuses, and infrastructure finance. Margo also defends administrative and judicial challenges to land use entitlements.

Land Use Advice For Real Estate Acquisitions And Dispositions

Margo advises clients on the land use aspects of acquisitions and dispositions.  She has extensive experience advising both buyers/tenants and sellers/landlords in real estate transactions that are contingent on the receipt of land use entitlements.  Margo also conducts land use due diligence for real estate acquisitions and dispositions and portfolio transactions.

Representative
Matters

Corporate Campus/Office/Research And Development

(South San Francisco)–Representation of developer in the entitlement of a phased 675,000 square foot biotechnology campus in South San Francisco’s East of 101 Area.

(South San Francisco)–Representation of developer in connection with its biotechnology campus in the Gateway Specific Plan area, including due diligence on acquisition of additional assets and entitlements for the addition of a 200,000 square foot office/R&D building and a 15,000 square foot amenity center.

(Sunnyvale)–Representation of medical device company in entitlement of a 1.2 million square foot expansion of its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Sunnyvale’s Lawrence Station Area Plan area.

(Sunnyvale)–Representation of corporate technology user in the entitlement of a new 172,400 square foot building that together with an existing building forms its corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale.

(San Jose)–Representation of Fortune 100 company in negotiating entitlements-contingent acquisition and securing approvals for 3.3 million-square-foot worldwide headquarters campus in North San Jose, including a Development Agreement providing vested rights to develop the project over 20 years. Subsequently represented the company in securing an additional 2.5 million square feet of development rights under the North San Jose Area Development Policy.

(San Jose)-Representation of Broadcom affiliate in negotiating entitlements-contingent $207 million acquisition and securing entitlements for 1 million-square-foot office/research and development campus in North San Jose.

(San Jose)-Representation of office developer in entitlement of a 350,000 square foot office building in North San Jose’s Skyport development.

(San Francisco)-Representation of developer in the entitlement of a 180,000 square foot laboratory and office building in San Francisco’s Mission Bay Redevelopment Area.

(San Francisco)-Representation of developer in securing entitlements for a 270,000 square foot office building in San Francisco’s Western SOMA neighborhood. Building was 100 percent pre-leased to a technology tenant.

(Other Jurisdictions)-Representation of Broadcom affiliate in negotiating entitlements-contingent acquisition and securing entitlements for 2 million-square-foot office/research and development campus at Heritage Fields in the City of Irvine.

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(Other Jurisdictions)-Represented developer in securing entitlements for 485,000-square-foot office campus in Los Gatos, including defending litigation challenges and drafting successful ballot measure in support of project. Project has been leased to Netflix for its headquarters.

Mixed-Use

(Seaside)-Representation of homebuilder and retail developer in entitlement of a mixed-use project consisting of up to 1,485 dwelling units, 150,000 square feet of retail, 50,000 square feet of office and industrial space, 250 hotel rooms, and a 75-room youth hostel on a portion of the former Fort Ord base in the City of Seaside.

(Menlo Park)-Representation of technology company in the entitlement of a mixed-use project including a major expansion of its corporate headquarters in addition to up to 1,700 residential units, 250,000 square feet of commercial uses, and a hotel.

(Fremont)-Representation of developer in the entitlement of a mixed-use, transit-oriented infill community consisting of over 2,000 dwelling units and approximately 1.5 million square feet of commercial space (including 685,000 square feet of Class A office space, as well as research and development, convention, and retail uses) in Fremont’s Warm Springs Innovation District, adjacent to the new BART station.

(San Jose)-Representation of developer in the entitlement of the mixed-use redevelopment of an outdated shopping center as an Urban Village Signature Project that will include 400 residential units, 60,000 square feet of commercial space, an hotel, and either 185 assisted living units or 160,000 square feet of office space.

(San Jose)-Representation of developer in the entitlement of the second phase of the Communications Hill project, consisting of up to 2,200 dwelling units, 67,500 square feet of retail and commercial uses, and 1.44 million square feet of industrial park uses.

(San Jose)-Representation of residential developer in entitlement of the residential portion of a mixed-use project consisting of 3.6 million square feet of office/research and development space, 2,900 residential units, and 460,000 square feet of retail in San Jose’s Edenvale Redevelopment Area.

(Alameda)-Representation of a developer in acquisition and entitlement of a portion of the former Alameda Naval Air Station and Fleet Industrial Supply Center in Alameda. The first phase of the project consisted of 485 single-family residential units (including affordable duplexes) and 100 affordable apartments, as well as a school and park. The second phase consisted of up to 300 residential units and a 285,000-square-foot shopping center. The final phase includes the redevelopment of the waterfront. The project is a public-private partnership with the City's former redevelopment agency.

Retail

(San Jose)-Representation of shopping center developer in securing entitlements for a 365,000-square-foot retail center near San Jose International Airport.

(Oxnard)-Representation of shopping center developer in securing entitlements to reposition and expand a 935,000-square-foot lifestyle center and 300-room hotel within a master-planned mixed-use development in Oxnard.

(Palo Alto)-Representation of a luxury shopping center developer in connection with entitlements associated with its ground lease of the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

(San Francisco)-Representation of Neiman Marcus in securing entitlements for the expansion of its flagship store in San Francisco’s Union Square.

Residential

(San Bruno)-Representation of a property owner in the entitlement of a 427 unit residential project in San Bruno’s Transit Corridors Plan Area.

(Mountain View)-Representation of residential developer in securing entitlements for 155 units of new ownership housing. The project will provide an estimated $5 million dollars for the Mountain View’s affordable housing fund.

(Mountain View)-Representation of residential developer in securing entitlements for 463 units of new ownership and rental housing in Mountain View’s East Whisman Precise Plan area. The project will assist the city in meeting its housing obligations and provide substantial benefits to the local school district through the City’s transfer of development rights and jobs-housing linkage programs.

(Mountain View, San Francisco)-Representation of condominium developer in the entitlement of a high-rise condominium tower in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood. The project will include a specialized museum and ground floor retail and will restore a National Register–eligible commercial building. Representation included successful defense of CEQA and entitlement challenges.

(Fremont)-Representation of multifamily apartment developer in securing approvals for a 600-unit apartment project near a BART station in Fremont.

(Fremont)-Representation of residential developer in securing entitlements for a 400-unit age-restricted senior housing project in the City of Fremont. The project includes dedication of land for an affordable senior project and construction of a public senior center.

(San Jose)-Representation of multifamily developer in connection with acquisition and entitlement of a vertical mixed-use project in downtown San Jose, including 600 market-rate condominiums and townhomes, 85 affordable assisted-living units, 30,000 square feet of retail, and a 10,000-square-foot community amenity space.

(San Mateo)-Representation of senior housing provider in the entitlement of a new 40-bed memory care facility and renovation of a state-of-the-art 105-bed assisted-living (RCFE) facility in the City of San Mateo.

Industrial

(San Jose)-Representation of waste management systems company in securing entitlements from the City of San Jose for a headquarters and transfer station and from the County of Santa Clara for a transfer station and expansion of a composting facility.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements

Recent Publications

Recent Speaking Engagements

Guest Lecturer, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 1999- present

Awards &
Affiliations

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, Land Use & Zoning Law, 2015–2021
  • San Francisco Business Times’ Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence, 2015, 2017 - "Hall of Fame"
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2012–2020
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys, 2014-2020

Professional Affiliations

  • NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Board of Directors, Chair Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (“IDEA”) Committee
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), San Francisco District Council Executive Board (Emeritus)
  • San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), Urban Leaders Council 
  • Lambda Alpha International (LAI), Golden Gate Chapter
  • Juror, Cal-Stanford Golden Shovel Real Estate Challenge, Juror, 2007–2009 and 2015, 2016; Jury Chair, 2009, 2016
  • Bar Association of San Francisco

Community Affiliations

  • Marin Catholic High School Parent Advisory Board
  • San Domenico School, Master Plan Committee

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Colorado

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1993
  • A.B., Brown University, 1990, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa