Real Estate and Land Use Litigation


SSL represents clients in a wide variety of land use and real estate-related litigation.

SSL helps clients efficiently and effectively trouble-shoot evolving disputes, understand the costs and benefits of various dispute resolution strategies and analyze the best approaches to resolving disputes. SSL is able to draw on the vast transactional expertise of its attorneys to aggressively, efficiently and effectively resolve typical disputes encountered by owners, managers and users of real property.

In the land use and environmental law areas, we have represented landowners, developers and governmental entities in cases involving California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), zoning, development entitlements and permits, subdivisions, endangered species, wetlands, hazardous substances, building moratorium and growth controls, initiatives and referenda. We regularly both defend and challenge land use approvals at all levels of proceedings, from state and federal trial courts throughout California to the Courts of Appeals.

Our team also has extensive real estate litigation experience, including counseling clients through the recent surge in lease defaults and related litigation. SSL’s experience includes breach of contract, fraud, eminent domain and inverse condemnation, unlawful detainer, quiet title, landlord/tenant, injunctions and partnership and other business disputes.


  • Defending and challenging government decisions under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Planning and Zoning Law and the Subdivision Map Act
  • Contesting voter adopted land use legislation
  • Defending and contesting jurisdictional claims and mitigation for wetlands and endangered species
  • Protection of property rights and value
  • Defense of open government protections (Brown Act)
  • Landlord/Tenant disputes
  • Unlawful detainer
  • Title, boundary and easement disputes