Law School/Year: University of California, Los Angeles, 1987
College/Year: University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984
Environmental, Real Estate
Jeffrey Chine acts as land-use counsel for major development projects such as Otay Ranch, San Elijo Hillos and Fanita Ranch, among others. He also defends project approvals against legal challenges. He successfully represented the developer of a cancer treatment center that will be built in San Diego, only the fifth such center in the world to utilize proton beam therapy to treat cancer. Chine also represents the Palomar Community College District in the acquisition and development of college campuses throughout the region.
Chine is the chair of the land use practice group in Allen Matkins' San Diego office, where he specializes in a wide variety of land use and environmental matters involving the permitting and development of complex residential, mixed-use, commercial, industrial, energy and redevelopment projects throughout California. He also represents developers in state and federal courts against environmental groups and opponents of development in CEQA, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Subdivision Map Act, Coastal Act and other challenges to entitlements.
Chine is an active member of the Building Industry Association, serves as general counsel of the San Diego County chapter, and also serves as chair of its Legal Action Committee. In 2009, he received the BIA's President’s Award for “Outstanding Service and Contributions to the Industry.” He frequently lectures to lawyers and professionals on land use and planning issues, and is a contributing author to Continuing Education of the Bar treatises on the Subdivision Map Act and land use litigation. He has also taught CEQA to superior court judges and appellate justices at the California Judicial College.
Chine is married with two children, a boy and a girl, aged 5 and 6.