Ilene Dick

Special Counsel
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Ilene Dick is special counsel in Farella Braun + Martel’s Real Estate Department where her practice focuses on land use and building permit matters, including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance and appeals, compliance with the Subdivision Map Act and local subdivision ordinances, and obtaining variances and conditional use authorizations on behalf of real estate developers and property owners.  Ms. Dick has obtained numerous CEQA approvals for rehabilitation to historic single family homes and small multifamily properties.  She has assisted a large solar developer in applying for and obtaining Subdivision Map Act compliance and conditional use authorization, as well as obtaining CEQA approval for a large solar project in central California.  Ms. Dick also assisted a large solar developer in Southern California obtain a use permit for electrical transmission lines in the right of way.

Ms. Dick has advocated for clients with city building officials in code enforcement and permit matters, including those related to lateral support, nuisances and the lawful occupancy of a building.  She has also assisted building owners and managers in obtaining approval of alternative means of compliance with the Building Code, including requirements for exiting and the lot line windows.  She has also assisted owners in obtaining Building Code compliance for lot splits and lot line adjustments.

Ms. Dick’s past municipal agency and government experience includes serving as Director of Housing to the City of East Palo Alto and as Deputy City Attorney to the City of San Francisco.  While in the City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Dick advised City departments on CEQA compliance, drafted land use and other development related legislation and defended the City against lawsuits relating to administrative land use decisions.  She serves on the Code Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission.

Ms. Dick is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law.