Cynthia M. Chu

Ms. Chu is an associate in the land use department at Berliner Cohen. She represents private and public clients in a variety of land use and public law matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Chu was a judicial extern for the Honorable Paul S. Grewal, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for…

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Andrew L. Faber

Mr. Faber has over forty years of experience in representing private and public clients in a wide range of land use, environmental, and public law matters, and in real estate, environmental, and eminent domain litigation. From 2005 through 2016, Mr. Faber was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Land Use/Zoning, State, Local and Municipal, and…

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Jolie Houston

Ms. Houston practices in the areas of land use and public law with an emphasis on municipal law. She joined Berliner Cohen in 1998. Ms. Houston represents private land use clients in a wide variety of land use and regulatory approvals. Since August 2016, Ms. Houston has been serving as the Interim City Attorney for…

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Deborah Ungo-McCormick

Ms. Ungo-McCormick is a Land Use Planner in the Firm’s Land Use and Municipal Law group. She has over 25 years in land use and environmental planning with public and private clients in all planning phases. Ms. Ungo-McCormick’s land use and environmental planning experience with both public and private sector clients covers a broad range…

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A Tale of Three Cities (and one State)

California has struggled for nearly forty years to address the housing crisis, which the State Supreme Court recently described as reaching “epic proportions.” Since the late 1970s, the legislature has enacted increasingly strict laws designed in part to limit local discretion from the housing entitlement process, yet the crisis has only exacerbated. In his article,…

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Agriculture

Agriculture Agricultural law, or agri-business law, has changed substantially over the years. This is an area of law that requires very specialized knowledge in a number of different areas. Our attorneys currently represent several agricultural operations and have both the knowledge and expertise in the varied areas of the law which affect agricultural businesses today.…

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New Addition to the State Density Bonus Law Extends Incentives to Commercial Developers

Throughout 2016, housing advocates, developers, and local municipalities closely monitored the progress and eventual demise of Jerry Brown’s ambitious proposal to streamline the local approval process for residential projects. The Governor’s proposal would have set aside $400 million for housing projects in exchange for providing “by right” ministerial approval for housing developments that comply with…

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Land Use & Municipal Law

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LAND USE & MUNICIPAL LAW The group’s attorneys bring a unique perspective that can greatly assist our clients. The practice is evenly split between public and private representation in permitting, administrative actions, regulatory advocacy and litigation. We find it extremely helpful to be able to explain to public entities on the one hand, and to…

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Berliner Cohen Hosts 31st Annual Dessert Reception at League of CA Cities Spring Conference

You are cordially invited to Berliner Cohen’s 31st Annual Dessert Reception at the 2017 League of California Cities Spring Conference. Join us for divine delicacies, continental coffees and serendipitous spirits with attorneys from around California Please feel free to bring your colleagues. Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM Westin St. Francis San Francisco…

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Who Is Responsible When Uphill Stormwater Causes Downhill Damage?

Introduction Stormwater issues are not new to residents of hillside and mountain areas.  Because winter storms often bring voluminous amounts of rain, sometimes for weeks on end, it is important to know how and where all that stormwater is flowing through your property in order to protect structures from damage and to protect the land…

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ULI South Bay Presents Mixed Use Program and Tour

The Urban Land Institute South Bay presents “Before & After: A Mixed Use Makeover Through Design, Development & Infrastructure,” Thursday, June 25, 2009, a building tour, panel discussion and networking event at Santana Row in San Jose.  Berliner Cohen is pleased to be a sponsor of this event. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. at…

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ULI South Bay Holds “San Jose 2020”

The Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group South Bay Programs Committee will hold its inaugural event, “San Jose 2020,” on Thursday, January 22, 2009, 5:30 p.m., at Adobe Systems, San Jose. Leaders from both the public and private sectors in the South Bay will present their views on the critical issues facing real estate development…

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Environmental Review Under CEQA – Seaside

Andrew Faber and Linda Callon, Berliner Cohen Partners, are featured speakers at the upcoming seminar in Seaside, California, Legally Defensible Environmental Review Under CEQA in California, presented by Lorman Education Services. For registration and additional information, click here.

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SCCBA Presents Green Building Seminar

The Real Property Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association will present a MCLE Seminar, “Changing the Color of Your Practice: What Lawyers and their Clients Should Know about Green Buildings,” Tuesday, November 18, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Click here for details and registration information.

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Environmental Review Under CEQA – San Jose

Andrew Faber and Linda Callon, Berliner Cohen Partners, are featured speakers at the upcoming seminar in San Jose, California, Legally Defensible Environmental Review Under CEQA in California, presented by Lorman Education Services. For registration and additional information, click here.

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Berliner Cohen Attorneys Author “Volumes”

Berliner Cohen attorneys frequently author chapters, sections or articles, which appear in legal and other industry publications: Linda A. Callon, Partner League of California Cities, Contributing Editor, “The California Municipal Law Handbook” Robert L. Chortek, Partner 15 Pacific Legal Journal, 301, Comment: “Impeaching the Accused with Prior Convictions: Does Proposition 8 Put Beagle in the…

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