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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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named 2019 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , Stephanie P. Skaff and Roderick M. Thompson have been named IP Stars by Managing...

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Cannabis and Employment Law

Rebecca Stephens will present the session "Cannabis and Employment Law" at the Network of Trial Law Firms' Litigation Management in a New York Minute – 2019 Edition event. Overview:  Medical marijuana is now legal in 33...

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Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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Keeping Tabs on Energy Efficiency – New Benchmarking Requirements for San Francisco

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Employers who use background checks in their hiring processes are likely aware of the various requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and analogous state statutes. They must provide clear disclosures and obtain...

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Former City of Napa Planner Rick Tooker Joins Farella Braun + Martel

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Bay Area Opportunity Zones 2.0

On the heels of recently released regulation by the US government, we dive back into the state of OZs in the Bay Area. What You'll Learn What are the most important takeaways from the...

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The Legal 500 United States 2019 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Practices & Attorneys

The 2019 edition of Legal 500 United States recognized Farella Braun + Martel among the top firms in the Construction, Land Use/Zoning, and Not-for-Profit practice areas. Recognized attorneys include: Construction Adam Dawson CJ Higley...

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Legal Ins and Outs of 'Opportunity Zones' — So Far

A new tax incentive intended to stimulate investment in low-income communities known as opportunity zones has attracted significant attention from investors, developers, and business owners since its enactment under Section 1400Z-2 of the Internal...

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