Stan is consistently recognized as one of California's leading land use and entitlement lawyers, as well as a leader in the field of lawyer professional responsibility and ethics. Stan has a full service land use and real estate development practice that includes representing clients in connection with project acquisition, entitlement strategy, transactional issues, project processing and advocacy, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, and litigation. He has represented clients in cities and counties throughout California, and is widely known for his work in the California coastal zone.
Best Lawyers® has listed Stan in the fields of Land Use & Zoning law and Land Use & Zoning Litigation since 2007. Best Lawyers® named Stan its 2021 Los Angeles Lawyer of the Year in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law. Stan has also been listed in Southern California Super Lawyers since 2008 and Legal 500 (2018).
Full Service Land Use And Entitlement Practice
Stan’s practice focuses on creating and executing strategies to entitle and develop real estate. With over 35 years of experience as both a transactional land use lawyer and as a land use litigator, Stan offers practical advice on a broad range of issues extending across the entire spectrum of the process – from project acquisition and project planning to entitlement processing, post approval condition compliance, and litigation. Stan has handled a wide range of projects, including residential, industrial, distribution, office, retail, agricultural, mixed-use, and hospitality developments. His work encompasses California planning and zoning law, CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, the California Coastal Act, historic preservation, exactions and dedications, takings, due process, and many other land use issues.
Stan regularly represents clients before cities, counties, and federal, state, and local public agencies in the land use entitlement process. Whether working with public officials and advocating for clients in public hearings or advising clients discretely behind the scenes, Stan assists clients in positioning projects for approval and in reducing the potential litigation risks that frequently accompany the California land use and entitlement process.
California Coastal Practice
Stan has an extensive practice before the California Coastal Commission and in California’s coastal jurisdictions. Stan’s coastal practice extends the length of the California coastal zone. He regularly represents clients before the Coastal Commission and has developed successful working relationships with commissioners and staff at all levels. He has successfully litigated cases with the Coastal Commission. Stan also has considerable experience handling the interplay between the California Coastal Act and local land use regulation, including the unique CEQA issues that arise in these settings.
Stan is a frequent lecturer on issues involving the Coastal Act and the Coastal Commission. He has co-chaired an annual Coastal Act conference involving Coastal Commission staff and local coastal planners from around the state. He is also a featured speaker in policy forums on the Coastal Commission and the Coastal Act. He has been qualified as an expert witness in cases involving the Coastal Commission and the Coastal Act.
Stan is at the forefront of legislative issues affecting the residential and commercial real estate industry. He has been an active member of the California Business Properties Association (CBPA) since 1990 and has worked with the California Building Industry Association for many years. Stan chaired CBPA’s board of directors and has chaired its legislative policy committee for over 25 years. He has drafted a number of bills that have been enacted into law. Stan also served on the Uniform Law Commission committee that drafted the Commission’s Uniform Public Expression Protection Act, which is a model anti-SLAPP statute.
Stan has been active in the field of legal ethics for over 30 years. From 2001 until 2010 Stan served on the State Bar’s First Commission for the Revision of the California Rules of Professional Conduct, a 13-member body appointed by the State Bar in consultation with the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to revise and update the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Prior to that appointment, Stan served six years on the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct during which time he served as the committee’s chair. Stan is a longstanding member and a former chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics. He is the co-author and editor of a treatise on lawyer conflicts of interest and is a frequent lecturer, consultant and expert witness on the subject.