Biography

Ilene Dick 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.

Ilene’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, she 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.

As a result of her extensive government and regulatory experience, Ilene has an invaluable network of working relationships with building officials, regulators, the Planning Department, and other key players in the Bay Area real estate ecosystem, making her both an effective advocate and strategist. She 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 in numerous cases.

Particularly for small and midsized players, the San Francisco real estate world can be difficult, confusing, and seemingly impenetrable. Ilene is an experienced, very successful guide through this labyrinth, with a track record of clients who have emerged successfully on the other side. She focuses on working closely with her clients, and step-by-step, helping them see their projects through to fruition.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law

Firm Highlights

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Daily Journal Names Jeff Fisher Among Top IP Lawyers in California

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

Barbara Murphy, Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens, speakers, Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

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How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2019

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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