Paula C Kirlin

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Paula C. Kirlin is an attorney in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and is a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environment Practice Group. She practices in the areas of land use, environment, government and public law, and sustainable development. Ms. Kirlin routinely advises clients on all aspects of the local land use entitlement process in California, including due diligence, permitting and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In particular, she focuses on complex urban, mixed-use and transit-oriented development projects. Examples of projects for which Ms. Kirlin has provided land use diligence/entitlements and CEQA counsel include:

  • multiple high-profile, mixed-use developments on the San Francisco Bay waterfront
  • urban multifamily, mixed-use developments, including affordable housing, in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and throughout the Bay Area
  • major commercial/office projects throughout the Bay Area and Silicon Valley
  • Silicon Valley tech/research and development (R&D) headquarters
  • industrial, R&D and mixed-use industrial and residential projects
  • rural recreational facilities

Ms. Kirlin also has experience advising regional and local government bodies on planning and development, public-private partnerships, intergovernmental relations and agreements, the establishment and management of tax increment finance districts, and a wide range of regulatory, policy and enforcement matters.

Ms. Kirlin is active in her community and serves on the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation Board of Directors and SPUR San Jose Policy Board, and volunteers as a mentor for the East Bay College Fund. She is a committed advocate for the human rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants. Ms. Kirlin provides pro bono legal services through The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies and previously served on the National Immigrant Justice Center Leadership Board. In addition, she brings a unique global perspective to her practice at Holland & Knight, having studied in Paris and spending two years teaching English in Japan as a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. As a graduate student, Ms. Kirlin also traveled to Cuba to research human rights issues and was selected to serve at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in South Africa as a Middlebury Institute IPSS fellow.

Honors & Awards

  • Bay Area Commercial Real Estate Thought Leader, Bisnow Power Women, 2018
  • Lambda Alpha International, Golden Gate Chapter
  • Holland & Knight Rising Star, Class of 2014; Rising Star Program Coordinator, 2015 
  • Law Review
  • CALI Award for Excellence: Legal Writing, Public International Law, International Protection of Human Rights, Refugee and Asylum Law and Policy, Legal Clinic (Asylum and Immigration)