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Geoffrey L. Robinson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Perkins Coie LLP

Geoff Robinson focuses his practice on land use, development and real estate litigation. He represents clients in civil and administrative proceedings involving planning and zoning laws, CEQA, development fees and exactions, and public facilities financing. He is an authority on writs of mandate in the trial court and is co-author of the treatise California Administrative Mandamus (CEB, 3rd Ed. 2012) and other publications on civil writ practice. He also has substantial experience in the area of development mitigation and has litigated numerous cases involving challenges to development exactions, mitigation requirements and public financing districts. He has also handled a broad range of water law matters, including a ground water basin rights adjudication, and appellate litigation involving the validity of a water supply assessment and an Urban Water Management Plan. Geoff has been an active participant in pro bono efforts, representing individuals, nonprofits and public agencies before state and federal courts, including several matters in the California Supreme Court. He is the recipient of the California State Bar President’s Pro Bono Award.Geoff served as law clerk to Judge Thomas J. MacBride of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and as extern to Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professional Recognition
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2004 - 2011
  • Recipient of President’s Pro Bono Award, State Bar of California, 1996
  • Recipient of John J. Curtin Public Service Award, 2006

Case History

  • Representative Experience — Litigated successful appeals of actions challenging water supply assessment for specific plan area and challenging Urban Water Management Plan Defended city in state and federal courts in litigation brought by competing regional mall developers Represented public utility in original mandamus proceedings in California Supreme Court challenging natural gas pipeline project Brought successful challenge to city’s denial of regional mental health facility Negotiation and processing of complex land exchange, environmental remediation and redevelopment program with the Port of San Diego, State Lands Commission and California Coastal Commission Negotiated $8 million reimbursement of developer fees for builders in city of Tracy Represented industry groups in litigation successfully overturning (on appeal) county ordinance requiring a landuse permit for refinery activities Filed amicus briefs for California State Association of Counties and League of California Cities in various California Supreme Court cases involving land use issues

Awards

  • John J. Curtin Public Service Award
  • Margaret Sanger Award - Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo
  • President's Pro Bono Award - State Bar of California

Client Comments

  • "My experience as a client of Geoffrey Robinson has been nothing short of spectacular. Mr. Robinson possesses a deep knowledge of the very complicated and often litigious nature of real estate development in California. In an industry where certainty is an elusive goal, Mr. Robinson has inspired confidence in our company and has given us the legal tools and advice to see our goals through to fruition. One of the many qualities that makes Mr. Robinson a very good attorney is his ability to accomplish our goals in an expeditious manner, which I find critical to our success. It is remarkable that this can often be attained without controversy, which speaks to Mr. Robinson's effectiveness in working with others and the respect he garnishes from his peers. It is without hesitation that I offer my utmost respect and admiration for Mr. Robinson, a true scholar, gentleman, and asset to the legal profession in California. "

    Chris Luffman
    Director of Site Development
    CreekBridge Homes

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Locations

Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 2400
San Francisco, CA 94111-4131
Phone: 415-344-7174
Firm Phone: 415-344-7000

Practice Areas

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Education

  • University of California Berkeley (BA) (1978)
  • University of Virginia School of Law (1980)
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D.) (1983)

Bar Admissions

  • The State Bar of California

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Contra Costa Senior Legal Services — Board of Directors
  • OneJustice — Advisory Board
  • JAG Section - California State Military Reserve — Judge Advocate Officer

Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Other Info

Languages Spoken
  • French