Biography

Richard Shapiro has a diverse real estate-related practice, which includes land use and all aspects of real estate development, acquisitions and dispositions, entity formation, financing and venture workouts, leasing, land use, and construction. In addition to being an attorney, he is also a registered architect and has an inactive California contractor’s license.

His practice includes sophisticated financing strategies for nonprofit entities utilizing tax credits and tax exempt bond proceeds. For example, Dick recently represented a nonprofit affordable ”maker space” developer in the acquisition and financing of a makerspace using New Markets Tax Credits. In another, he represented a major resort in a sale utilizing an UPREIT transaction. He also recently represented a nonprofit college in the off-balance sheet tax-exempt bond financing of a new dormitory.

Dick's transactional real estate experience involves many types of property, including land for development, agriculture, residential subdivisions, apartment projects, corporate campus projects, industrial buildings and parks, hotels, marinas, shopping centers, mobile home parks, and suburban and high-rise office buildings. In addition to complex financing arrangements, his financing representation involves working with both lenders and borrowers in connection with construction and permanent financing, including participation arrangements for many property types, as well as loan restructuring. He also provides representation relating to operational issues, including reciprocal easement agreements, commercial condominium documents, and management and real estate brokerage agreements.

He represents clients in land use entitlement matters including CEQA compliance, general plan amendments, conditional use permits, development agreements and development and disposition agreements, wetlands mitigation, subdivision improvement, and reimbursement agreements. With respect to construction, Dick's experience includes representing owners, contractors, and design professionals in connection with a wide range of projects throughout the U.S. and abroad, with extensive experience in public and private design-build arrangements for publicly owned facilities, including office buildings, cultural facilities, courthouses, and rapid transit facilities.

Dick regularly lectures and conducts client seminars on construction and general real estate law issues. He authored a chapter in the ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry’s Fundamentals of Construction Law (Second Edition). Dick authored of "The Lease as an Operational Tool" in the ULI Shopping Center Development Handbook (Second Edition) and "Construction-Related Agreements" in California Easements and Boundaries, Law and Litigation, California Continuing Education of the Bar.

Dick serves on the board of Resources for Community Development, and is a former trustee of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Urban School of San Francisco and Legal Assistance for the Elderly. He is a California licensed architect and a member of Lambda Alpha, National Real Estate Honorary Society. He has been named to the "Northern California Super Lawyers" list and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law.

Dick received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Hastings Law Journal. He earned his M. Arch from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Antioch College.

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law (2021-2024)
  • Legal 500 United States, Construction, Recommended Attorney (2023)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, Resources for Community Development
  • Sustaining Advisor, Former Trustee, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Former Trustee, University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
  • Former Trustee, The Urban School of San Francisco
  • Former Trustee, Legal Assistance for the Elderly
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Lambda Alpha (National Real Estate Honorary Society)

Firm Highlights

News

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Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

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No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

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Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth

Farella’s Linda Gilleran and Chris Rendall-Jackson and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Uday Varadarajan are presenting the session “Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth” at the ACG...

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City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

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A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

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Housing Action Coalition and Farella Braun + Martel File Lawsuit Challenging the City of San Mateo’s Housing Element

Today, the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of San Mateo, challenging its recently adopted Housing Element in order to make the city comply with...

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