SAN FRANCISCO – Land use attorney Michelle Moore McDermott was
elected to a partnership in real estate and business law firm Allen Matkins’
San Francisco office.
McDermott is a San Francisco Bay area native and has worked
in the area of land use for nearly nine years. She focuses on project
entitlements at the city and county level, as well as California Environmental
Quality Act (CEQA) compliance for those projects.
“To further my interest in sustainable development and
design, I became a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited
Professional (LEED AP),” McDermott told the Northern
California Record. “This accreditation helps me work with my clients and
their consultants to navigate through the LEED process and the Green Building
requirements of a particular city or county.”
McDermott represents developers and other companies in the
local land use entitlement process for new projects, such as new office buildings,
retail developments and multi-family developments, from the project application
stage through the CEQA compliance process to the planning commission and city council
Additionally, McDermott said she performs land use due
diligence on proposed sites for occupancy or redevelopment for a prominent Silicon
Valley technology company, including highlighting the local, state, and federal
permitting requirements and public review procedures as well as the required
CEQA approval process. She also facilitates discussions with clients regarding
long-term strategic land use growth strategies in the Silicon Valley.
“I enjoy working with a client (and sometimes a larger
project team) toward the goal of developing a physical/tangible project,”
McDermott received her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and her Juris Doctor
from the UC Davis School of Law.
“After many years in school and almost nine years practicing
law, it is very rewarding to be recognized for my efforts at the firm and in my
practice. I am thankful to be a part of such a prestigious firm and land use
practice in the state of California. We have a great land use group here in San
Francisco and in our offices across southern California.”
In addition, Allen Matkins elected real estate attorney Stephen
N. Etheredge in its Los Angeles office and real estate attorney Julie K.
Hoffman in its Century City office to the firm partnership. All three
partnership elections will be effective as of July 1.
Etheredge focuses his practice on complex real estate
transactions, with significant experience in acquisitions and dispositions, real
estate-related finance, joint venture formation and leasing in connection with
various raw-land, multifamily residential, office, industrial and mixed-use
projects. He has also assisted clients on issues involving distressed debt,
restructuring and loan workouts, as well as land use and development matters.
Hoffman represents purchasers and sellers in the negotiation
and documentation of commercial real estate transactions for office,
residential and industrial real property, including note purchases and
subsequent foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure processes. Her practice
also includes the preparation and negotiation of commercial, industrial and
retail leases of projects throughout the West Coast. Like McDermott, Hoffman is
also a LEED AP.
“This new partner class reflects the firm’s focus on
excellence, diversity and commitment to clients,” managing partner David L.
Osias said in a firm news release.