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California land use group joins Luce Forward

Timothy Tosta, 4 additional attorneys bring in-depth land use, real estate expertise to statewide

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

"Luce Forward is committed to providing full service to real estate and land use clients throughout California and to the continued growth of our thriving San Francisco office," said Allan E. Low, partner in charge of Luce Forward's San Francisco office, and a member of the real estate group. "By acquiring an attorney of Tim's stature supported by such a pre-eminent group of attorneys, we have solidified our position as a top California real estate and land use firm. We are excited to welcome these important new additions to our firm." "I am thrilled to join Luce Forward," said Tosta. "By combining two leading statewide practices, we have created a 'right-sized' regional practice that is a real estate powerhouse with capabilities that surpass the competition. The strength of Luce Forward's real estate and land use practice, coupled with a strong and growing California economy and real estate industry, means that we are well positioned to be the 'go-to' firm for real estate and land use matters statewide."

Tosta has successfully procured land use entitlements for some of California's most complex and controversial development projects in some of the state's most treacherous political environments. He also fully defends in court the entitlements that he has procured. He has successfully argued before the California Supreme Court in one of California's most influential Environmental Quality Act cases. He specializes in the development of innovative strategic plans for "nondeveloper" clients that find themselves in traditional developer roles.

Luce Forward represents developers, owners and lenders in major commercial and residential real estate developments throughout California and across the nation. The firm's San Francisco real estate practice has grown significantly over the last several years. The group has been involved in high-profile Northern California matters, including the acquisition, development and sale of a 700,000-square-foot shopping center and a 600,000-square-foot business park in Sacramento, as well as the financing, DRE and construction work for One Rincon Hill, a luxury high-rise condominium project in San Francisco.

"Our experience with complex projects, such as the LA Live mixed-use project, combined with the extensive land use experience of Tim's group make us uniquely positioned to represent developers of diverse and multifaceted projects," added Bob Bell, the managing partner of Luce Forward.

"It was important to me to join a law firm that fosters teamwork, balance and individual growth," Tosta added. "Luce Forward is a progressive, humanistic firm that recognizes that its capital is in its people. I look forward to a partnership with such an accomplished team of attorneys."

A frequent lecturer and speaker on land use and environmental law issues, and featured in numerous publications, Tosta will present at the California State Bar Real Property Section 26th Annual Retreat in Napa, Calif. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Administration and International Affairs and a J.D. from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law. Prior to joining Luce Forward, Tosta was a shareholder of Steefel, Levitt & Weiss. He was previously Chair of the California Land & Resources Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie and, prior to that, he managed his own firm, which was recognized by American Lawyer as one of the nation's "great specialty firms" in the field of real estate.

In addition to Tosta, a talented team of seasoned attorneys with diverse real estate and land use backgrounds join Luce Forward. Their combined experience further enhances the firm's growing real estate practice.

Atkinson, a partner, specializes in land use and development law, including issues under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and local and state development entitlements. He has successfully represented developers of residential, office, hotel and retail projects, and continues to advise clients on hazardous substance contamination issues. Atkinson served as a shareholder in the Real Estate Group at Steefel, Levitt & Weiss and was previously a member of the California Land and Resources Group at Baker & McKenzie, and an attorney with the Law Offices of Timothy Tosta. Atkinson also served as an attorney for the EPA in Washington, D.C., specializing in toxic substances and hazardous substances remediation. He was active in the development of the EPA's new chemical review program under the Toxic Substances Control Act and in development of the EPA's Superfund program.

Atkinson holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Truxaw's practice focuses on land use, environmental and entitlement issues, including waterfront/coastal development, as well as public sector and municipal law. He has substantial experience with issues involving the Subdivision Map Act, the California Coastal Act, CEQA/land use, California Planning and Zoning Law and Title 24. Truxaw, a partner in Luce Forward's real estate group, has also served as city attorney for the cities of Sonoma, Half Moon Bay, Sausalito and Tiburon, and as deputy city attorney for Oakland and Walnut Creek. He has extensive experience appearing before public bodies and has presented land use updates to the League of California Cities and has provided training to fellow attorneys and public officials pertaining to land use regulatory process and procedures. He has successfully negotiated the resolution of seemingly intractable disputes between local agencies, developers and concerned and affected residents pertaining to land use and entitlement issues.

Truxaw holds an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

Renk's practice focuses on land use and environmental law. Prior to attending law school, Renk worked as District Director for U.S. Representative Ellen Tauscher, and she also worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer as a Staff Assistant, spearheading the senator's judicial nomination process and resolving constituent disputes with federal agencies.

Renk holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Ferrucci holds a B.A., cum laude, from Yale University, a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. He also spent six years at a San Francisco-based planning firm.

Atkinson, Truxaw, Renk and Ferrucci join Luce Forward from Steefel, Levitt & Weiss.

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