Williams, Todd A.

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

Slate of New Housing Bills Take Effect January 1, 2018

Slate of New Housing Bills Take Effect January 1, 2018

01/03/2018 | Amara Morrison and Todd Williams

Governor Brown signed into law a slate of 15 new housing bills last fall. Three of those bills that related to funding sources for housing went into effect immediately, while…

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California Supreme Court Rules Public Employees_ Personal Email Accounts are Subject to CA Public Records Act

California Supreme Court Rules Public Employees_ Personal Email Accounts are Subject to CA Public Records Act

03/27/2017 | Neal Parish and Todd Williams

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court issued an important ruling regarding the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) (Govt. Code §6250 et seq.) and held that writings of a public…

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Governor Seeks to Streamline Approval of Multifamily Housing Projects

Governor Seeks to Streamline Approval of Multifamily Housing Projects

05/20/2016 | Todd Williams

In an effort to encourage housing production, Governor Jerry Brown has made a bold proposal to streamline the approval of certain multifamily housing projects that include a portion deed-restricted affordable…

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Date Category Publication Title
03/24/2016 Publication Robert Selna and Todd Williams 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
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06/29/2015 Publication Neal Parish and Todd Williams Inclusionary Housing Stays
03/03/2015 Publication Wendel Rosen Client Update CA Supreme Court Provides Key CEQA Guidance Regarding Categorical Exemptions
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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News

Todd Williams Reviews Court Decision Affecting Charter Cities and Housing Laws

Todd Williams Reviews Court Decision Affecting Charter Cities and Housing Laws

12/03/2019 | The Mercury News

Partner Todd A. Williams recently spoke with The Mercury News regarding the Sixth District Court of Appeal’s decision that San Jose and other California charter cities must abide by the…

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Todd Williams Comments on Application and Use of SB 35 Statewide

Todd Williams Comments on Application and Use of SB 35 Statewide

11/25/2019 | The Mercury News

Following a recent discussion with The Mercury News, Partner Todd A. Williams is quoted in the article “Is California’s most controversial new housing production law working?,” discussing SB 35, a…

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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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Date Category Publication Title
07/08/2019 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
08/15/2018 Press Release   Eleven Wendel Rosen Attorneys Named to 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America
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07/10/2018 Press Release   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

Education

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

University of California, Los Angeles; B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California