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.
Stan has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and as one of the Southern California Super Lawyers in the field of land use and zoning law for many years. He teaches courses on land use law and CEQA to government agency planners, environmental professionals, lawyers, and developers throughout California. He has been qualified as an expert witness in land use law and legal ethics in numerous cases.
Full Service Land Use And Entitlement Practice
Stan's practice focuses on creating and executing strategies to entitle and develop real estate. With over 30 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. He 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, endangered species, wetlands, historic preservation, exactions and dedications, takings, due process, and many other land use issues.
How real estate is acquired and held is increasingly an issue in the entitlement process that can jeopardize the value of a real estate investment. Stan assists clients in addressing these issues when acquiring a property, including emerging "unity of ownership" issues. Stan assists clients during the project design phase to identify and implement approaches to reduce both the processing time once an application is submitted and potential litigation risks.
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.
Stan also litigates land use cases in the trial and appellate courts. In over 30 years of practice, he has never had a project approval challenged successfully in court. He has also successfully challenged adverse decisions for clients in court.
California Coastal Practice
Stan has an extensive California Coastal Commission and California Coastal Act practice. He has successfully represented clients before the Coastal Commission. He works closely with commissioners and staff at all levels on projects located throughout the coastal zone. He has successfully litigated cases with the Coastal Commission. Stan also regularly works in cities and counties in the coastal zone. He 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 taught courses on these subjects in both Southern and Northern California. 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 currently chairs its legislative policy committee. He has drafted a number of bills that were introduced in the California legislature and enacted into law, including all of the automatic map extension provisions in the California Subdivision Map Act.
Stan has been active in the field of legal ethics for 25 years. Since 2001, Stan has served on the State Bar's 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. Stan served six years on the California State Bar's Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct during which he served as the committee's chair. He is 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.