Real Estate and Land Use

Our experienced real estate attorneys, Robert J. Lanzone, Kai Ruess, and Camas J. Steinmetz, provide services in connection with a wide range of commercial, industrial and residential real estate and land use matters for private clients as well as public agencies.


We represent developers, real estate investors, buyers, sellers, owners, lenders, contractors, landlords and tenants, in addition to public agencies, in a wide array of commercial and residential real property matters including:

  • Land acquisition and sale, including residential property
  • All forms of lease issues, including ground leases, and landlord-tenant matters
  • Options to purchase
  • Due diligence and title review
  • Boundary disputes and lot line adjustments
  • Easements, licenses and rights of way
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • Assessment appeals
  • Partition Actions and litigation
  • Partition referee


In land use matters involving municipalities or other governmental agencies, our private clients benefit from the knowledge and experience we have obtained by representing governmental entities. In addition to our representation of public agencies, we represent developers, land owners, investors, lenders, land owners, community groups and concerned citizens in a variety of land use matters including:

  • Development applications and entitlement approvals
  • Zoning and General Plan amendments
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance and litigation
  • Williamson Act cancellations and non-renewals
  • Negotiating and drafting Development Agreements
  • Public-Private partnerships
  • California Coastal Act permitting and compliance
  • LEED certification and Local and State Green Building Code Compliance
  • Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) permits and proceedings
  • Natural resources permitting
  • Initiative and Referendum Law
  • Affordable Housing and Redevelopment Law
  • Infill mixed use and transit-oriented development entitlement
  • LAFCo Annexations
  • Variances
  • Subdivisions and Lot line adjustments
  • Code violations
  • Writs of Mandamus and related land use municipal litigation
  • Boundary disputes

During a government approval process or an appearance before a governmental entity, you need experienced counsel. Because we represent numerous public entities and appear before local governmental entities on a routine basis, we know how to successfully negotiate and facilitate matters in what is often a complicated political process. We work productively with city staff, planners, engineers, planning commissions, city councils and county board of supervisors.

Let the experience of ADCL work for you. If you are selecting an attorney to represent your public entity or to represent you in a matter pending before a governmental entity, we have the expertise you need.

Phone: (650) 593-3117
Fax: (650) 453-3911