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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Is your company covered by California's new privacy law?

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Are Losses Resulting from Phishing Incidents Covered by Crime Policies Insuring Against Computer Fraud?

It is an all-too-common dilemma. As phishing schemes have become more prevalent and more sophisticated, businesses of all sizes have fallen victim to these attacks where a fraudster will use a spoofed email or other...

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PFAS Litigation Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at Law Seminars International's PFAS Litigation Conference program, "Lines of Defense" on December 10. Details: Assessing and choosing among the legal options for defending toxic tort, mass tort, and...

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New California Housing Laws: AB 68 Accessory Dwelling Units

On January 1, 2020, several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor take effect. We will explain the upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first update...

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Dan Cohn Named to Jewish Community Federation Board of Directors

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Ashley Breakfield Appointed to CREW Network Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

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End of a Decade - Checklist for California Nonprofits

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought about our customary note to nonprofit officers and directors to take a few moments to confirm that important year-end responsibilities have not been overlooked. But since this...

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Hemp Legal Limbo Challenges Sonoma County's Delta Separations, Other Equipment Makers

Ryan Lowther provided commentary in a North Bay Business Journal article discussing banking and regulatory challenges facing the hemp industry. Read the full article, here .

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium

Tyler Gerking will be speaking at the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium session, "The Role of Cyber-Insurance." Details: How much should you buy, what does it cover and how does it fit with an overall...

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