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David H. Blackwell

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David H. Blackwell is a partner in the firm's San Francisco office. David practices real estate law with an emphasis on land use entitlements and litigation, and his experience includes representing landowners, developers, businesses, and governmental entities before administrative agencies and state and federal courts.

David's practice involves all areas of land use law, including state and local planning and zoning law, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Subdivision Map Act, initiatives and referenda, development agreements, affordable housing and the state density bonus law, traditional and sustainable energy projects, wetlands regulation, eminent domain and inverse condemnation, and the Williamson Act.

David is co-author of Ballot Box Navigator: A Practical and Tactical Guide to Land Use Initiatives and Referenda in California (Solano Press Books, 2003).


  • State Bar of California: Member of Real Property Section and former Vice-Chair, Executive Committee
  • Urban Land Institute, San Francisco: Member of Executive Board; Co-Chair of Programs Committee; Member of local Residential Product Council
  • California Building Industry Association
  • Building Industry Association of the Bay Area


  • Named among the Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California by Super Lawyers (2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers (2005, 2010 - 2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell A-V® rating
  • Recognized in Top Rated Lawyers-AV® Preeminent™ Guide to Land Use and Zoning (2013)
  • Recognized in Top Rated Lawyers-AV® Preeminent™ Guide to Energy, Environmental and Land Use Law (2013)
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David received his LL.M. in European Law, with merit, from London School of Economics and Political Science in 1991. He received his J.D. from University of Utah in 1990. He received his B.A. in English, with honors, from University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1986.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California