Biography

Rick Tooker is a seasoned land use planning professional with 30 years of experience navigating the many facets associated with land use rights for complex, and sometimes controversial, projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Peninsula. He has worked in Napa, Healdsburg, Calistoga, Livermore, and Carmel-by-the-Sea, and consulted in several other cities on residential and mixed use developments, including Oakland’s City Center development. Rick is based out of Farella’s St. Helena office with a focus on the wine industry.

Rick effectively and efficiently manages diverse teams in the areas of planning, economic development, housing, building, and code compliance. He has managed preparation and implementation of general plans, master plans, specific plans, ordinances, and design guidelines.

Prior to joining Farella, Rick actively participated in the resurgence of Downtown Napa. He specifically managed projects securing entitlements for several hundred-thousand square feet of new retail, office, industrial, and residential development. He was the project manager of Napa Riverfront, Andaz, Napa Square, Main Street West, 1313 Main Street, and the Culinary Institute of America at Copia. As a community development director and planning manager in Napa, he also led the development department in permitting revitalization and construction of First Street Napa and 1300 First Street, Vista Collina Resort, and the Cinedome Plaza.

To help avoid unforeseen circumstances that could delay a project, Rick actively listens to and works with others to carefully consider a broad range of possibilities and outcomes before charting a course. He is politically astute and has earned the respect of local agency decision-makers and their staff.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Napa Parks and Recreation Board
  • Yountville Zoning and Design Review Board

Firm Highlights

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LSI's PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at LSI's virtual conference on PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California live webinar, "PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws." Details: CWA violations, CERCLA designations, and NRD claims as potential game...

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Alexis Sinclair Joins Farella Braun + Martel’s Financial Services Industry Group

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that business transactions lawyer Alexis Sinclair has joined the firm as special counsel in its Financial Services...

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Insights Into the First Patent Trial in Waco, Texas - MV3 Partners v. Roku

A 7-person jury in Waco, Texas, recently returned its verdict in the first patent trial held before Judge Albright: defense verdict, no finding of infringement. In the MV3 Partners v. Roku dispute, MV3 Partners...

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3 Things To Know After Busy WDTX Patent Judge's 1st Trial

Eugene Mar spoke to Law360 about the  MV3 Partners LLC v. Roku Inc.  case in the article, " 3 Things To Know After Busy WDTX Patent Judge's 1st Trial." In the article, Eugene said he's...

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Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement & Litigation West Coast Conference

Eugene Mar is a featured panelist at the Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement & Litigation West Coast Conference virtual event.

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Year-End Estate Planning in an Election Year

The 2020 election is less than a month away and year-end estate planning is already underway for many. Under current law, the estate, gift and GST (generation-skipping transfer) tax exemptions for 2020 are set at...

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The Election Season Is Upon Us: Guidance for Managing Political Expression in the California Workplace

In a year of extraordinary events, this election has been more divisive and controversial than any other in recent history. Many employers are grappling with how they should manage political expression in the workplace...

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Ashley Breakfield CREW SF Interview on Diversity

Farella's Ashley Breakfield is a member of CREW Network's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force . She spoke about diversity efforts with Commercial Real Estate Women of San Francisco (CREW SF) President Samantha S. Low, LEED AP.

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More Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship

In the article, "More Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship," originally published in The Wall Street Journal , Erin Fraser discusses tax and estate planning issues related to renouncing U.S. citizenship. Link to the full article .

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3rd Annual BASF Cannabis Conference

Jeff Hamilton will moderate the program "All of the “Hot Topics” in Cannabis” at the 3rd Annual BASF Cannabis Conference. Details: The BASF Cannabis Conference provides attorneys an opportunity to enhance their practical skills...

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