Overview

Tamsen Plume is the executive partner of Holland & Knight's San Francisco office, with 20 years of experience in complex land use and environmental law. She represents project proponents in land use and environmental permitting, compliance, and due diligence matters for complex land use, development and redevelopment projects, including acquisition of public property. Ms. Plume's practice includes all aspects of land use entitlements, including development agreements and other specialty land use contracts, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Planning Law, Subdivision Map Act, State Density Bonus Law and Housing Accountability Act.

Ms. Plume's practice includes:

  • land use and environmental due diligence for real estate transactions, including coordination of complex multistate diligence efforts
  • local land use entitlements, including development agreements, general plan and zoning compliance and amendments, use permits, design review and permitting
  • former redevelopment (dissolution law) compliance, including Oversight Board and Department of Finance approvals
  • Subdivision Map Act compliance
  • State Housing Law, including State Density Bonus Law and Housing Accountability Act compliance and enforcement
  • environmental review and compliance, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • acquisition of public property, including disposition and development agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and Surplus Lands Act compliance
  • resource agency permitting and compliance, including Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance, CWA Section 404 wetlands fill permits, CWA Section 401 water quality certification, federal and state Endangered Species Act

Experience

Credentials

Education
  • University of Virginia, B.A., with honors
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in California
  • All U.S. District Courts in California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Memberships
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater San Francisco, Board Member, 2017-2019
  • California State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Thurston Society, Hastings College of the Law
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) 
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) 
  • Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)
  • San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR)
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2013-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Land Use and Zoning Law, Environmental Law, 2011-2019
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate and Construction: Construction, 2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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