Real estate is a major industry with unique laws and legal structures. To effectively resolve legal matters involving real estate and land use, clients require attorneys with specific experience in this dynamic and constantly changing market.

WSHB has an accomplished real estate and land use team with deep expertise in a wide range of issues, including:

  • Entitlements and governmental approvals
  • Zoning changes, conditional-use permits, and nonconforming-use permits
  • The California Environmental Quality Act, Endangered Species Act, and Clean Water Act
  • Homeowner's associations
  • Covenants, codes, and restrictions ("CC&R")
  • Insurance issues and risk management
  • Judicial and nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings
  • Residential and commercial landlord-tenant disputes
  • Green building standards and LEED certification
  • DRE compliance, application, and filing
  • Due diligence associated with land acquisitions
  • Commercial unlawful-detainer actions
  • We work closely with development teams, including engineers and architects, to obtain both residential and commercial entitlements
  • We assist numerous Fortune 500 developers of common-interest communities with formation of homeowners' associations, drafting and preparation of CC&Rs, and transition from developer to new home purchasers
  • We handle foreclosure litigation on behalf of major lenders, banks and investors
  • Our litigation team handles commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes, representing both landlords and tenants
  • We ensure compliance with home builder right-to-repair laws such as SB 800 in California and Chapter 40 in Nevada
  • Assessing areas of litigation risk and developing risk management strategies, which maximize risk allocation and minimize liability
  • We are well versed in green building standards and assist with all aspects of green building, including obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and maximizing certification benefits


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