Margo N. Bradish



A Strategic Counselor In Securing Land Use Approvals

Whether it is for a developer, corporate client, local government, or non-profit organization, Margo's extensive land use experience allows her to strategize the development and entitlement process, secure development approvals, and negotiate real estate and development contracts for her clients. During her over 20 years of practice, she has assisted clients in securing approvals for transit-oriented and urban infill developments, urban and suburban office and industrial buildings, residential and mixed-use projects, shopping centers, senior housing, military base reuse projects, schools, and an array of other projects. Margo takes a strategic approach to entitlement matters, counseling clients on both legal requirements and the options for developing political support, neutralizing opposition, and minimizing the risk of challenge.

A Trusted Advisor For California Developers

Margo counsels her clients with respect to a wide variety of planning, zoning, and development laws, including general and specific plans, zoning compliance and amendments, development agreements, compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), global warming and climate change regulations, 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

In her practice, Margo advises clients on the land use aspects of acquisitions and dispositions. Margo has extensive experience advising both buyers and sellers 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.


Office/Research And Development

Broadcom affiliate CMK LLC (Broadcom), Innovation Place, North San Jose. Represented Broadcom in negotiating entitlements-contingent $207 million acquisition and securing entitlements for 1 million-square-foot office/research and development campus in North San Jose.

Developer, Western SOMA, San Francisco. Represented developer in securing entitlements for a 270,000-square-foot office building in San Francisco’s Western SOMA neighborhood, including an office space allocation under San Francisco’s Proposition M. Building is 100 % pre-leased to a technology tenant.

Corporate User, Irvine. Represented Fortune 500 company 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.

Netflix Headquarters, Los Gatos. 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 partially leased to Netflix for its headquarters.

Corporate User, North San Jose. Represented Fortune 100 company in negotiating entitlements-contingent acquisition and securing entitlements 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.

Joint Venture, North Coyote Valley. Represented venture between developers and Fortune 100 company in securing entitlements for a 6.6 million-square-foot office/research and development complex in San Jose’s North Coyote Valley, including a Development Agreement providing vested rights to develop the project over 20 years. Environmental Impact Report was upheld by the California Court of Appeals.

Corporate User, Alviso. Represented Fortune 100 company in securing entitlements for a two-phase, 2.3 million-square-foot office/research and development campus in San Jose’s Alviso neighborhood, including a Development Agreement providing vested rights to build the project over 20 years.

Medical Office Building, San Francisco. Ongoing representation of medical office building developer in the assignment of entitlements to construct a medical office building within a larger hospital development in San Francisco.

Corporate User, Emeryville. Represented biotech company in securing entitlements and negotiating redevelopment agreements for a 2.2 million-square-foot biotech R&D/office/manufacturing headquarters, including up to $95 million of tax increment financing and a Development Agreement providing vested rights to build the project over 20 years.

Corporate User, Mountain View. Represented technology company in the entitlement of a 425,000-square-foot transit-oriented campus on a former Superfund site in Mountain View.


Warm Springs, Fremont. Represented major residential developer in the entitlement of its transit-oriented, mixed-use project in Fremont’s Warm Springs Innovation District. The project will include 2,200 residential units and up to 1.4 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, as well as a new school and urban park.

Alameda Naval Air Station and Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Alameda. Ongoing representation of a major real estate development corporation 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 will include the redevelopment of the waterfront. The project is a public-private partnership with the City's former redevelopment agency.

Edenvale, San Jose. Represented 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.


Shopping Center Developer, San Jose. Ongoing representation of shopping center developer in south San Jose in processing entitlements for redevelopment of the center.

Shopping Center Developer, San Jose. Represented shopping center developer in securing entitlements for a 365,000-square-foot retail center near San Jose International Airport.

Shopping Center Developer, Oxnard. Represented 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.

Shopping Center Developer, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. Represented a luxury shopping center developer in connection with entitlements associated with its ground lease of the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

Neiman Marcus, Union Square, San Francisco. Represented Neiman Marcus in securing entitlements for the expansion of its flagship store in San Francisco’s Union Square.

Del Monte Center, Monterey. Represented owner of Monterey’s Del Monte Shopping Center in securing entitlements for a controversial 13-screen cineplex.


Residential Developer, Fremont. Ongoing representation of major apartment developer in securing approvals for a 600-unit apartment project near a BART station in Fremont.

Residential Developer, Communications Hill Phase 2, San Jose. Represented major homebuilder in securing entitlements for 2,200-unit Communications Hill Phase 2 project in San Jose.

Residential Developer, Yerba Buena, San Francisco. Ongoing 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.

Residential Developer, Fremont. Representation of residential developer in securing entitlements for a 400-unit age-restricted senior housing project in the City of Fremont. The project will include dedication of land for an affordable senior project and construction of a public senior center.

Residential Developer, Downtown San Jose. Representation 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.

Senior Housing Developer, Various Jurisdictions. Represented senior housing developer in the entitlement of major renovations of assisted-living facilities throughout Northern California to accommodate state-of-the-art assisted-living and dementia care facilities

Senior Housing Developer, San Francisco. Represented not-for-profit venture between a family services group and a health systems company in securing entitlements for a 175-unit assisted-living facility in San Francisco, pursuant to the state Density Bonus Law.


Waste Facilities, San Jose.  Represented 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.

Service Station Closures, San Francisco.  Represented a multinational energy corporation in securing entitlements from City and County of San Francisco to close service stations.

Wind Power.  Represented wind power developer in obtaining NEPA and CEQA approvals in Northern California, Southern California, Washington, and Wyoming.


Charter Schools, Various Jurisdictions.  Ongoing representation of developer in securing entitlements for charter schools in various Northern California jurisdictions. 

BART Extension to SFO.  Represented Colma cemeteries in negotiations with BART in connection with the BART extension to SFO. Representation included assisting clients in commenting on and later challenging the EIR for the extension and in negotiating a comprehensive mitigation agreement to address the impacts of the extension on the cemeteries, as well as negotiating the sale of the right-of-way to BART.

Portfolio Analysis And Due Diligence

Represent residential, mixed-use, and corporate developers and investors in completing due diligence analysis regarding the status and availability of entitlements for properties proposed for acquisition, development, and/or investment.

Represent corporate users in analyzing properties throughout the Bay Area for acquisition and development for corporate facilities use, using a methodology for rapid and discrete analysis of potential sites to assist corporate users in determining which sites to pursue.

Special Projects

Wellness Center, San Jose.  Represented a Fortune 100 company in securing entitlements for a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified childcare, wellness, and athletic facility to serve the company's headquarters.

Stadium, San Francisco.  Represented a major league sports facility developer with respect to the entitlements for a proposed stadium and lifestyle center retail development.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Paso Robles.  Represented pro bono a wildlife rehabilitation center in obtaining coastal development permits and use permits for a wildlife rehabilitation center in Paso Robles.

Viticulture Regulation, Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Represented vineyard and winery in Western Australia in preparing analyses of California laws for protection of agriculture and viticulture for presentation to the Australian Legislature.

Timeshare Developers.  Represented various timeshare developers in obtaining entitlements for timeshare conversions of residential and hotel projects.

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 &

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, "Best Lawyers in America", 2015–2018
  • San Francisco Business Times’ Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence, 2015, 2017 - "Hall of Fame"
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2012–2018
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys, 2014-2016
  • Real Estate Forum California's Women of Influence, 2015

Professional Affiliations

  • NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Board of Directors, Chair of Diversity Initiative
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), San Francisco District Council Executive Board
  • 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


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