Ed represents public and private entities during the land use entitlement process for all types of real estate developments throughout California. He appears in state, federal, and appellate courts on matters involving land use and direct or inverse condemnation. Ed has been recognized by his peers by election to the distinguished legal association of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Prior to joining the firm, Ed served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office where he was Managing Assistant of the Real Property Environment Division. He was responsible for real property development matters and environmental issues concerning the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) including compliance and litigation for the City of Los Angeles.
Land Use Representation
In the area of land use, Ed is involved in multi-family, retail, large distribution warehouse projects, and residential developments. His clients look to Ed for his guidance and strategy through the land use entitlement process with the preparation of general and specific plans, zoning ordinances, zoning variances, conditional use permits, and development agreements as well as CEQA compliance requirements. When the projects are along the Pacific Ocean, he handles matters before the California Coastal Commission.
Ed works with clients and consultants in developing strategies to meet the clients' entitlement objectives. This includes developing a "record" of evidence that will be presented to the planning commission, city council, board of supervisors or other approving entity. Because litigation is all too often part of the entitlement process, Ed can anticipate and handle litigation issues throughout the entitlement process. Addressing those issues during the entitlement process can be critical in obtaining a favorable outcome of any litigation.
Eminent Domain Litigation
Ed's litigation experience involves the complex California eminent domain law. His clients seek his counsel when a public entity is taking property for a public project. He has tried many eminent domain actions for public and private clients involving complex valuation issues including compensation for property taken, damages to the property remaining after the taking, and loss of goodwill.
He also prosecutes and defends inverse condemnation actions when his clients seek compensation for the taking or damaging of private property by public entities. Ed prosecutes inverse condemnation actions seeking compensation for loss of business goodwill where a business was forced to close or relocate because of a public project.