Diane K. Hanna



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Ms. Hanna is a Partner of the firm. Ms. Hanna specializes in land use and environmental law and related land use litigation. She has successfully represented clients through the public review and entitlement process for a wide range of land use projects ranging from college campus development, high rise office towers, multi-family development, technology and industrial campuses and other public and private developments throughout California. She has particular expertise in master plans, from university master plans to technology campuses to multi-phase housing projects.  Ms. Hanna also has deep interest and experience in the development of housing serving multiple income groups.   In many of these projects, she has successfully worked with public officials and interested community members to achieve project support and facilitate timely construction. In those matters that have resulted in litigation, Ms. Hanna has successfully represented her clients in trial and appellate court proceedings in state and federal court.


Prior to joining SSL, Ms. Hanna was a shareholder/director at Ellman Burke Hoffman & Johnson. Previous to Ellman Burke, she was an associate at Beveridge & Diamond. Ms. Hanna earned her law degree, cum laude, in 1999 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. During law school, she was a judicial extern to the Honorable Charles A. Legge, Judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of California and actively competed on Hastings’ moot court teams. Ms. Hanna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1995) where she was a heptathlete (7 events) and team captain of the intercollegiate track and field team.  She is also the proud parent of two rambunctious boys and enjoys spending her free time trail running, swimming, traveling and enjoying her friends and community.