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Nossaman LLP

Michael Patrick Durkee

Partner

T 415.438.7203
F 415.398.2438
50 California Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Mike Durkee practices land use, elections, and local government law in both administrative and judicial proceedings. He represents developers, builders, property owners, cities, counties, special districts, and interest groups in all aspects of California local government, elections, and land use entitlement, review, approval processes and litigation in both state and federal courts. Mr. Durkee has expertise in the laws and processes regarding the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), local governance, general plans, specific plans, planning, zoning and development, vested rights (common law, development agreements, vesting maps), exactions (fees/dedications), the Subdivision Map Act, Williamson Act, and local elections (initiative, referendum, recall). He also serves as an expert witness on these topics in litigation.

Mr. Durkee has been instrumental in the creation, coordination, and implementation of overall entitlement strategy, including defense tactics, for some of California's most controversial development projects, including the North Livermore Initiative, the San Jose Giants Ballpark Proposal, the Buck Center for Aging and Research, Black Point and Buck Mountain Ranch. He is widely recognized for his expertise in effective negotiation and resolution. He has extensive expertise regarding "value-enhancing" entitlements and is considered one of California's top creative land-use minds. Mr. Durkee regularly handles the coordination with city/county staff regarding the planning of the project, the negotiation and drafting of all agency documents for legal compliance and tactical advantage, the coordination of all environmental, planning, and engineering consultants and their reports, and the transition into litigation when necessary.

Mr. Durkee is a frequent participant in land use seminars conducted for builders' groups, cities and counties, the University of California Extension, the State Bar of California and Land Use Navigators (www.landusenavigators.com).

Awards & Honors

Named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles magazine in 2004-2006, 2009-2016

Individually recognized in the "Best Lawyers in America," guide for Land Use and Zoning Law, 2013-2017

Received "Outstanding Instructor" award from the U.C. Davis Extension Land Use Program, 1992


 

Michael Patrick Durkee
Michael Patrick Durkee

Practices

Education

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1984, with distinction, moot court honors

B.S., University of California, Davis, 1981

Admissions

California

Professional Affiliations

Real Property Law Section, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Past President
The California Land Use Law and Policy Reporter, former Advisory Board and Board Member
State Assembly Local Government Committee's "Subdivision Map Act Advisory Group," Advisory Board and former Board Member

Awards & Honors

Named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles magazine in 2004-2006, 2009-2016

Individually recognized in the "Best Lawyers in America," guide for Land Use and Zoning Law, 2013-2017

Received "Outstanding Instructor" award from the U.C. Davis Extension Land Use Program, 1992


 

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