Perkins Coie's Land Development group includes attorneys across several disciplines who are highly experienced in addressing the full range of complex challenges related to land development. Our clients include development companies, real estate investment trusts, hospitality companies, state and local agencies, senior housing providers, hospitals and health services, universities and individual landowners.

We have handled some of the most significant development projects in the country, including large-scale residential, commercial and mixed-use urban and suburban communities; infrastructure projects; military base redevelopment; office and industrial campuses; hospitals; university and college campuses; regional shopping centers; port and airport expansions and stadiums.

We regularly develop and implement effective strategies to help clients overcome challenges and obstacles, meet regulatory requirements and maximize opportunities across a range of projects and issues.

Areas of our counsel include:

  • Formation of Joint Ventures and Single Purpose Entities
  • Negotiation of Purchase and Sale Agreements and Development Agreements
  • Real Estate and Environmental Due Diligence
  • Securing Land Use Entitlements and Vested Development Rights
  • Construction and Site Development Agreements
  • State Law Environmental Compliance and Permitting
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance
  • Federal Permitting, Including Under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA)
  • Litigation and Defense of Land Use Approvals
  • Coastal Development
  • Negotiation of Project Labor Agreements and Avoidance of Prevailing Wage
  • Brownfields and Hazardous Site Remediation
  • Redevelopment
  • Military Base Reuse
  • Project Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Tax

Our attorneys write or edit some of the most respected and well-recognized treatises relating to land development, including: The Endangered Species Act: Law, Policy and Perspectives; Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy; The NEPA Litigation Guide; California Land Use and Planning Law; Practice Under the California Environmental Quality Act; The California Subdivision Map Act and the Development Process; California Administrative Mandamus and Development By Agreement. We also regularly speak and teach courses to developers, public agency officials, consultants, planners and other lawyers.