Alan Linch

Alan D. Linch


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Land Use
Land Use
San Francisco

Alan is a member of Hanson Bridgett's Real Estate and Environment Practice and specializes in land use and environmental matters throughout California. He advises on local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory impacts on real estate development, including matters involving the entitlement process, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, and climate change.

Alan also counsels clients on commercial real estate matters involving leasing, financing, and transactional due diligence.

Alan previously worked in the United States Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, where he focused on natural resources defense, federal land management, water law, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance. He also served in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund (CERCLA) enforcement and compliance office in Washington, DC.


“California Housing Crisis Persists Despite Legislative Breakthroughs,” Real Property Law Reporter (January 2022)

"2021 Legislative Update: Housing Advocates Score Key Wins," Land Use Law Alert (October 2021)

"Housing Law Shows its Teeth: Another Win for Objective Standards," Land Use Law Alert (September 2021)

"The End of the Line for Exclusionary Zoning: Berkeley Set to Make its Move," Land Use Law Alert (February 2021)

"NEPA in the Ninth Circuit: A Rare Look at Impacts to Redwood Forests and 'Downstream' Carbon Emissions," Land Use Law Alert (December 2020)

"Opening the Golden Door: The Fourth District Shines a Light on CEQA Compliant Greenhouse Gas Mitigation," Land Use Law Alert (June 2020)

"CEQA Reform in the COVID Era? The California Senate Housing Production Package Moves Forward," Land Use Law Alert (June 2020)

"Updates to CEQA Technical Advisories on Disaster Response and Housing," Land Use Alert (January 2020)

"Disproportionate Business License Tax Updated – The Gig Economy," California Land Surveyors Association Magazine (November 2019)

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California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2021)

Professional Affiliations

Mill Valley Planning Commission, Chair


J.D., Tulane University Law School (2004)

B.S., Vanderbilt University (2000)

Admissions And Courts


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

San Francisco

(415) 995-5158 Direct Phone
(415) 541-9366 Fax

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