Through an exceptional level of skill, engagement, and innovative thinking in the area of local government and land use law, David makes it his mission to understand his clients’ objectives in order to best deliver them practical, cost-effective solutions.
David has been working in the field of public law for more than 20 years as both an attorney and administrator specializing in zoning and land use law, government contracting, economic development, historic preservation, telecommunications, and sign regulation. His past experience as a city attorney provides him with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of local government law while his work in federal and state government offers him a unique insight into the practical day-to-day challenges faced by public administrators.
As a city attorney and counsel to special districts, David regularly advised clients on all matters of local government law including public records, open meetings, ethics, zoning, finance and elections. He also regularly drafted and negotiated annexation and development agreements, bid packages and contracts for large-scale construction projects, and joint purchasing agreements. His work on behalf of private developers and builders has achieved significant land use entitlements, development approvals and vested rights for successful commercial and residential projects.
David’s career also includes three years in federal government service with the National Archives and Records Administration where he administered FOIA requests and negotiated deeds of gift for the Office of Presidential Libraries. He also served as the director of a 240 acre state historical site and museum in Wisconsin with 30 employees and a $1,000,000 budget giving him insight into the duties and responsibilities of municipal managers.
- Preparation and negotiation of Telecommunications Site Construction and Lease Option Agreements for special districts
- Secured land use entitlements for a three-story, multi-tenant 102,000 square foot medical office building
- Obtained development approvals for a 36-unit townhome subdivision.
- Preparation of social media policies and conflict of interest guidelines
- Financing and development approvals for a municipal recycled water irrigation system
- Establishment and implementation of assessment districts
- Speaker, “Legal Side of Using Social Media,” WPRA Annual Conference, 2018
- Speaker, “Staying in Compliance: Understanding Fundamental Special District Laws,” CSDA Board Secretary/Clerk Conference, 2014
- Speaker, “AB 1234 Ethics Training,” CSDA Special District Leadership Academy Conference, 2013
- Speaker, “AB 1234 Ethics Training,” CSDA Annual Conference, 2013
- Speaker, “First Amendment Issues - First Amendment vs. Public Safety,” IMLA Annual Conference, 2013
- “Moderator, “Local Government Panel,” 2013 Special Districts Legislative Days, California Special Districts Association, 2013
- Speaker, “The Joys of Proposition 218,” Northern California City Clerks Association, 2013
- Speaker, “Squatters…A Local or Statewide Problem?,” California Association of Realtors® Winter Business Meetings, 2013
- Speaker, “The ‘Occupy’ Movement: What can Cities Do?” LOCC Annual Conference, 2012
- Panelist, “Doing the Right Stuff: Case Study of a Successful Ballot Measure,” CSDA Annual Conference, 2012
- Speaker, "Ethics AB 1234 Compliance Training," CSDA Annual Conference, 2012
- Speaker, “Legal Updates Q & A,” CSDA General Manager Leadership Summit, 2012
- “Recent Developments in First Amendment Law: Exploring Panhandling and Invocations,” International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 2013 w/ Deborah J. Fox
- “The ‘Occupy’ Movement and What Cities Can Do to Regulate or Avoid the Impacts of Such Events,” League of California Cities 2012 City Attorneys’ Department Fall Conference 2012 w/ Deborah J. Fox
- “Preparing for the Next Protest,” Sonoma County Bar Association, The Bar Journal, Volume 29, Issue 1, Spring, 2012
- “Recent Developments in Vested Rights: Maintaining the Status Quo,” The Urban Lawyer, Vol. 39, No. 3, Summer 2007, w/ Emily R. Schey