Curtin, Patricia E.

Patricia E. Curtin
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
pcurtin@wendel.com

Education

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento; J.D.

California State University, Chico, Political Science; B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California

  • Profile
  • AFFILIATIONS
  • Recognition
  • INSIGHTS

Patricia has more than three decades of l experience in local government and land use law. Recognized for her thoughtful, incisive approach, she advises public and private sector clients on planning and zoning laws, guides land use applications, and obtains project approvals, including environmental and regulatory permits. Patricia has presented and written extensively on land use topics, including co-authoring State and Local Government Land Use Liability (Thomson Reuters).

Land Use

Patricia advises clients on all aspects of land use law, including the application of affordable housing and density bonus laws, as well as SB 35, which allows ministerial approvals of qualifying affordable housing projects. She has extensive experience in processing entitlements for complex master planned and mixed-use projects throughout the state and in obtaining land use entitlements for projects to support the disabled and handicapped.

Public and Private Sector

A wide range of clients seek Patricia’s representation for her experience, deep insight, and compassionate demeanor. She has worked with landowners and developers of commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural property (including growers, wineries, and related businesses), shopping center owners, hotel and resort owners, educational institutions, public agencies, and hospitals and medical facilities. She also serves as special land use counsel to several cities, counties and special districts.

Geological Hazard Abatement Districts

Patricia serves as legal counsel to Geologic Hazard Abatement Districts (GHADs). She counsels GHADs and similar entities on related issues, and represents property owners, cities, and counties in forming GHADs. As secretary on the board for the non-profit California Association of GHADs, she works to improve the effectiveness of GHADs at preventing, mitigating, and controlling geological hazards. Patricia has written several articles and papers related to GHAD formation and implementation.

HomeAid Northern California

  • Board Member

East Bay Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)

  • Member

City of Lafayette

  • Former Planning Commissioner

California Association of Geologic Hazard Abatement (GHAD)

  • Founding Member and Secretary

League of California Cities

  • Member

American Planning Association

  • Member

John Muir Health

  • Former Board Member

Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation

  • Founding and Former Board Member

Dreamcatchers Empowerment Network

  • Board Member, non-profit providing support for recovering mental health and physically disabled client
  • Selected as a “Woman of Influence,” GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, July/August 2019
  • San Francisco Business Times “Forever Influential Women in Bay Area Business,” 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2005 – 2019
  • San Francisco Business Times “Northern California Real Estate Woman of Influence,” 2015
  • San Francisco Business Times “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business,” 2015
  • Sustained Leader ECHO Award, East Bay Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), 2013
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Land Use & Zoning Law, 2001 – 2016; including as “Lawyer of the Year” in Land Use & Zoning Law, 2015, 2017
  • Daily Journal Top 25 California Land Use Lawyers, 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine list of Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in California Real Estate Journal’s Top Women in Real Estate, 2009

Pattie annually co-authors updates to the book “State and Local Government Land Use Liability” published by West Group.

News

Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

08/19/2019 | Wendel Rosen

Partner Michael Dean Named “Best Lawyer” for 37th Consecutive Year Wendel Rosen LLP Partners Michael D. Cooper, Patricia E. Curtin, Michael A. Dean, Monica Dell’Osso, Matthew F. Graham, Tracy Green,…

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Wendel Rosen’s Patricia Curtin and Amara Morrison Named Real Estate Forum “Women of Influence”

Wendel Rosen’s Patricia Curtin and Amara Morrison Named Real Estate Forum “Women of Influence”

07/09/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and state, congratulates Land Use Partners Patricia E. Curtin and Amara…

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Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07/08/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, announces that 22 attorneys have been named to the 2019 edition of Northern California…

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Date Category Publication Title
08/15/2018 Press Release   Eleven Wendel Rosen Attorneys Named to 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America
07/10/2018 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
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08/15/2017 Press Release   Firm Lands 10 Attorneys in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
06/23/2016 Press Release   Three Wendel Rosen Attorneys Named to SF Business Times List of Most Influential Women in 2016
10/29/2015 Press Release San Francisco Business Times  Patricia Curtin Honored as a Northern California Real Estate Woman of Influence
05/12/2015 Press Release San Francisco Business Times  Patricia Curtin Named a Most Influential Woman in Business

Education

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento; J.D.

California State University, Chico, Political Science; B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California