Ronald I. Silverman



Ron enjoys being a member of his client's team and collaborating to create strategies that lead to practical business solutions. In addition to his land use and entitlements background, Ron has in-depth experience with entitlements, purchase and sale transactions, leasing, master planned communities, financing, and title and survey matters.

Land Use Advisor For National Land Owners And Developers

Ron works with his clients to develop creative approaches that lead to the client's entitlements in a timely and cost effective manner. This includes identifying CEQA exemptions; carefully reviewing conditions to maps and conditional use permits to ensure clarity and consistency; and determining whether vesting tools are available that will preserve the client's right to build out its project. During this process, Ron has significant experience successfully working with elected officials and staff members at every level of government.

Professional Affiliations And Recognition

Since 1988, Ron has been actively involved (at both the national and local levels) with the Urban Land Institute (ULI). As a member of ULI, Ron has served as a ULI Trustee, Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of the Public Private Partnership Council, a Counselor to the District Council Program and Chair of the Los Angeles (ULI-LA) District Council. From July 2011 to June 30, 2014, Ron served at the national level of ULI as Co-Chair of the Chairs of Mission Advancement. At the local level Ron serves as a member of the ULI-LA Advisory Board and Governance and Management Committees and as Co-Chair of Mission Advancement. Through his network of ULI colleagues, Ron enjoys introducing his clients and colleagues to trusted ULI resources (all over the world).


Development Agreements: Specializes in negotiating Development Agreements. Has worked on Development Agreements in many jurisdictions, including Los Angeles (City and County), Culver City, Pleasanton, Escondido, Fillmore, El Segundo, Westlake Village, Ventura, Mennefee, Santa Clarita, Redondo Beach, County of Riverside, Simi Valley, Palmdale, Burbank, Banning, Vacaville, Tracy, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Antioch, Camarillo and Goleta.

Movie Studios: Assists movie studios with their entitlement packages and their relationship with local jurisdictions.

Automobile Dealerships: Represents several automobile dealerships with their entitlements and real estate related matters.

Oil and Gas: Represents oil and gas and pipeline companies with their real estate, franchise and entitlement related matters.

California Department of Real Estate First Foreign Subdivision: Successfully achieved the registration of the first foreign subdivision in California, a high end resort located in the Fiji Islands.

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Speaking Engagements

Recent Speaking Engagements

Awards &

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 1991-2021
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2019
  • Selected as a ULI-LA Luminary in November, 2019

Professional Affiliations

  • Urban Land Institute (ULI); Former Trustee; Former Chair of ULI Audit Committee; Former Chair and current member of Public/Private Partnership Council; Former Chair of the Los Angeles District Council; Current Member of the ULI-LA Advisory Board, Management Committee, and Governance Committee and Current Co-Chair of  Mission Advancement, Current Co-Chair of ULI-LA Building Healthy Places Convening Committee and member of ULI-LA Building Healthy Places Steering Committee 
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section, Former Chair

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1966
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1961