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Todd A. Williams

Todd A. Williams
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
toddwilliams@wendel.com

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law; J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles; B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California

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Todd, chair of the firm’s Land Use Practice Group, represents clients in the broad spectrum of land use, real estate and environmental issues in both litigation and administrative proceedings.

He works with private clients and public entities, including landowners and developers of residential, infill, commercial and industrial property, as well as local agencies, providing property entitlement processing and local government land use approvals; CEQA compliance and litigation; planning and zoning law advice; and real property litigation. He also has experience with infill project streamlining, density bonus and housing laws, affordable housing and historic preservation regulations, as well as advising clients on public-private partnerships, the Subdivision Map Act, the Williamson Act, and cannabis land use regulations, along with easement and boundary dispute matters.

A contributing editor on the 2010 – 2011 edition of State and Local Government Land Use Liability, and a reviewer of the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Municipal Law Handbook, Todd also has spoken throughout the state on land use law, with particular emphasis on CEQA.

SPUR – Oakland

East Bay Leadership Council

  • Land Use Task Force

Alameda County Bar Association

State Bar of California

  • Vice Chair, Real Property Section, Land Use Subsection
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2010 – 2019
  • Extern, Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Publications

Governor Issues Executive Order Suspending CEQA Deadlines for 60 Days and Revising Related Noticing Procedures

Governor Issues Executive Order Suspending CEQA Deadlines for 60 Days and Revising Related Noticing Procedures

06/01/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

Note: This article was originally published on 4/30/2020 and was last updated on 6/1/2020. Recognizing the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing on individuals’ and local governments’…

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Superior Court Validates Cupertino’s Streamlined Approval of Major Affordable Housing and Office Project

Superior Court Validates Cupertino’s Streamlined Approval of Major Affordable Housing and Office Project

05/08/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

On May 6, 2020, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Helen Williams upheld the City of Cupertino’s streamlined approval of a major housing/office project at the site of the former…

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Due Process Issues Related to Remote Public Hearings

Due Process Issues Related to Remote Public Hearings

05/01/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

On March 16, 2020, the Bay Area issued shelter-in-place (SIP) orders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, with the entire state of California quickly following suit on March…

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Date Category Publication Title
04/29/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP New Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Orders Permit All Construction to Resume
04/21/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP State Legislators Criticize Bay Area Health Officers’ “Arbitrary” Shelter-in-Place Rules Limiting Housing Construction
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04/15/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP Alameda County Health Officer Rebukes Oakland Over Interpretation of Alameda County’s Shelter-in-Place Order Regarding Residential
04/09/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP Oakland’s Updated Rules for Construction During Alameda County’s Shelter in Place
04/01/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP Bay Area Counties’ Extended Shelter-In-Place Order Imposes Strict Limits on Development and Construction
04/01/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP COVID-19: How Wendel Rosen’s Real Estate Litigation Group Can Assist
03/19/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP Impacts of the Bay Area Shelter-In-Place Orders on Development and Related Litigation
01/03/2018 Publication Amara Morrison and Todd Williams Slate of New Housing Bills Take Effect January 1, 2018
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03/27/2017 Publication Neal Parish and Todd Williams California Supreme Court Rules Public Employees’ Personal Email Accounts are Subject to CA Public Records Act
05/20/2016 Publication Todd Williams Governor Seeks to Streamline Approval of Multifamily Housing Projects
03/24/2016 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP Oakland Proposed Developer Fees Updated March 24, 2016
09/28/2015 Publication Todd Williams Governor Signs AB2 Allowing for a New Tool to Combat Blight in Disadvantaged Communities
06/29/2015 Publication Neal Parish and Todd Williams Inclusionary Housing Stays
03/03/2015 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP CA Supreme Court Provides Key CEQA Guidance Regarding Categorical Exemptions
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08/07/2014 Publication Todd Williams No CEQA Required When Agencies Adopt Citizen Sponsored Initiatives

Events

BPC Expert Briefing: CEQA Update 2019

BPC Expert Briefing: CEQA Update 2019

11/18/2019 | Bay Planning Coalition

Wendel Rosen is pleased to host the BPC Expert Briefing: CEQA Update on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM at Wendel Rosen LLP. Join land use…

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Alameda County Multifamily & Mixed-Use Expansion

Alameda County Multifamily & Mixed-Use Expansion

04/19/2018 | Bisnow

Wendel Rosen is honored to sponsor Bisnow's 2018 panel discussion, "Alameda County Multifamily & Mixed-Use Expansion," on April 19, 2018 at 7:30 AM. Join Land Use attorney, Todd Williams as he moderates…

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Demystifying the New 2018 Housing Laws and Update on Major Oakland Projects

Demystifying the New 2018 Housing Laws and Update on Major Oakland Projects

01/09/2018 | Wendel Rosen LLP

Wendel Rosen’s Land Use attorneys Todd Williams and Amara Morrison will present “Demystifying the New 2018 Housing Laws and Update on Major Oakland Projects,” on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in…

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Date Category Host Title
05/09/2017 Sponsorship Bisnow Bisnow – Oakland Multifamily & Mixed-Use Rise and Expansion 2017
11/10/2016 Sponsorship Bisnow Oakland Construction & Development: The Boom Continues!
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10/21/2016 Seminar Contra Costa County Bar Association What Every Real Estate Attorney Should Know About CEQA
04/12/2016 Seminar Wendel Rosen Client Seminar The Latest on Oakland’s Development Impact Fees and the California Supreme Court’s Steps to Rein in CEQA
02/23/2016 Sponsorship Bisnow Bisnow – Oakland State of the Market
02/17/2016 Seminar Alameda County Bar Association What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About CEQA + New Supreme Court Developments
10/06/2015 Seminar Bay Planning Coalition Bay Planning Coalition CEQA Update
09/15/2015 Seminar Wendel Rosen Client Seminar Keeping Your Infill Project on the Approval Track
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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 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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Eleven Wendel Rosen Attorneys Named to  2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America

Eleven Wendel Rosen Attorneys Named to 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America

08/15/2018

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 15, 2018 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP Partners Michael D. Cooper, Patricia E. Curtin, Michael A. Dean, Monica Dell’Osso, Matthew F. Graham, Tracy Green, Charles…

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Date Category Publication Title
07/10/2018 Press Release Wendel Rosen LLP  Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
08/15/2017 Press Release   Firm Lands 10 Attorneys in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
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Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law; J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles; B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California