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In his more than 35 years of practice, John has guided many clients through the complex environmental review and permit approval processes for development projects ranging from major subdivisions, resorts, mixed-use commercial centers and industrial operations to single-family residences. John has considerable expertise in all aspects of planning, zoning, subdivision, and CEQA law. He also has extensive experience with the myriad coastal viewshed, biological/habitat, historic resource, archaeological, water resource, private view, property boundary and easement issues critical to land use matters on the Central Coast. John is familiar with the regulations and procedures of the many local, regional and state agencies including the California Coastal Commission that regulate development in the Monterey Bay region and has developed professional relationships with agency staff and decision makers. John applies strategic thinking to every project and understands the role of politics and, when necessary litigation, in the land use process. John regularly collaborates with other experts, including architects, engineers, biologists, hydrologists and other environmental consultants and has served as a mediator on real property easement and land use disputes. John’s clients include both individuals and businesses including those involved in agricultural, commercial and industrial activities.

Principal Areas of Practice

Land use entitlements and litigation, environmental law/CEQA, easements, covenants and restrictions, water, and all manner of related real estate matters.


  • Montana State University, Bozeman, B.S., 1980 (highest honors, Tau Pi Phi Business Honor)
  • University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, J.D., 1985

Professional Qualifications and Activities

  • Admitted to the California Bar in 1985


  • Monterey County Bar Association

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