Ashley F. Weinstein-Carnes



Ashley is an associate in the firm's San Francisco office where she is a member of the Land Use and Natural Resources practice group.

Ashley provides advice and counsel on a variety of regulatory land use issues with a focus on local government planning and zoning, state and federal resources permitting, and land use litigation.  Ashley regularly assists in helping developers with local land use entitlements and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance.  She has helped clients secure land use entitlements and CEQA compliance for mixed-use and residential developments, office buildings and office parks, and research and development facilities.  Ashley has experience litigating and counseling clients on issues arising under the California Environmental Quality Act, California’s planning and zoning laws, and exactions and takings.

Ashley received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate. While at Berkeley Law, Ashley held the position of Development Director of Ecology Law Quarterly, served as a Research Assistant at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, and received a Boalt Hall Fellowship and Jurisprudence Awards in Land Development & Investment and International Business Negotiations.  

Prior to attending law school, Ashley received her M.A. in Urban Education Policy & Administration from Loyola Marymount University, and received her B.A., cum laude, in International Relations from the University of Miami.


Diligence of various types of properties on behalf of developers, major equity investors and institutional lenders, including evaluation of environmental risks, as well as future development potential and entitlement strategy

Represented developer in securing entitlement and CEQA clearance for 500,000-square foot research and development project

Successfully represented client in lawsuit challenging voter-sponsored initiative that sought to prohibit use of property for residential development

Assisted with securing state permitting for desalination facility from State Water Resources Control Board and California Coastal Commission

Assisted with successful defense of CEQA lawsuit challenging multi-family residential development in Bay Area

Publications &
Speaking Engagements


Inside CA Legislature’s Housing Package: HCD Releases SB 35 Eligibility Determination for Project Streamlining, Lay of the Land blog, 2/20/2018

Governor Vetoes AB 890, Rejecting Attempt to Curtail Initiative Power on Land Use Actions, Lay of the Land blog, 10/17/2017

California Legislature Passes Historic Housing Legislation in Effort to Tackle State’s Housing Crisis, Lay of the Land blog, 9/22/2017

Addressing California's Housing Shortage: Lessons from Massachusetts Chapter 40B, Carolina K. Reid, Carol Galante, and Ashley F. Weinstein-Carnes, Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, ABA, Vol. 25, No. 2 (2017)

Speaking Engagements

ULI Fall Meeting 2016, Small-Scale Product Council (Blue Flight), Bridging the Generational Divide: Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers.

Awards &

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • California Young Lawyers Association 
  • Urban Land Institute:
    • Small Scale Development National Council, Leadership Team
    • Debra Stein Fellowship
    • Young Leaders Group 


Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • M.A., Loyola-Marymount University
  • B.A., University of Miami, cum laude