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Farella Braun + Martel Continues to Expand Real Estate Department

November 5, 2006 Press Release

Land Use Attorney Ilene Dick Joins the Firm 

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 6, 2006): Farella Braun + Martel announces the addition of Ilene Dick to the firm's growing Real Estate and Land Use Department.

Dick's 15 years of experience with land use, redevelopment and building permitting matters throughout Northern California make her a solid complement to the group, which has a long track record for successfully handling the complexities involved in the acquisition, development and disposition of commercial property in the region.

"The Real Estate and Land Use Department has continued to expand the breadth and depth of our resources in 2006. We welcomed Steve Vettel in June, adding the benefit of his significant experience assisting major urban developers - many of which faced tough opposition - in obtaining land use entitlements for construction of some of the most significant recent projects in San Francisco," said Tony Ratner, chair of Farella Braun + Martel's Real Estate and Land Use Department. "Ilene also brings a unique and valuable perspective to the practice - an ‘insider's view' of land use policy and permitting issues gained through experience in both governmental agency work and private practice."

Dick's practice is focused on land use and zoning, redevelopment and building permitting, including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)-related matters, on behalf of real estate developers and property owners. She has secured CEQA approvals and entitlements for several contentious projects, including the construction of 150 units of housing at the site of a historic Mission District printing plant and the rehabilitation of many historic homes and properties in San Francisco. Most recently with Gladstone & Associates, Dick was previously Director of Housing for the City of East Palo Alto and a deputy city attorney for the City of San Francisco.

Dick earned her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, as well as a Master of City Planning (MCP) from the University of California, Berkeley (1990). She also earned her B.S. from U.C. Berkeley (1982).

Since its founding in 1962, Farella Braun + Martel has achieved a national reputation for the acumen of its business practice, the high profile cases of its complex commercial litigation practice and its prestigious client base. The San Francisco-based firm serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses. The firm also has an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry and related businesses. Farella Braun + Martel is a Green Business.

Melinda Faith / Traci Stuart
Allison Blattel Professional Services Group
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Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
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