Law School: University of California, Los Angeles
College: University of California, Santa Barbara
Jeffrey Chine acts as land use counsel for master-planned and mixed-use development projects such as the master planned communities of San Elijo Hills, Otay Ranch and Fanita Ranch, as well as the One Paseo project in Carmel Valley. In one of his more notable matters, Chine successfully represented Sempra, the developer of an international wind energy project with wind turbines in Mexico and associated infrastructure necessary to transport electricity across the border and into San Diego County regional electric grid. His representation included compliance with California environmental regulations and local agency permitting. The project is designed to ultimately supply 1250 megawatts of renewal electricity.
Chine is a partner in the land use practice group in Allen Matkins’ San Diego office and is highly regarded for his extensive experience in land use and redevelopment. For more than 20 years, he has represented clients on 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. Before joining Allen Matkins, he was a partner and Chairman of the Real Estate Department of Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, where he practiced for 20 years.
Chine acts as general counsel for the Building Industry Association of San Diego County and chairs its legal action committee. 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 10 and 11.