Areas of Practice

Land Use
Real Estate
Due Diligence

Erica L. Brinitzer-Graff

Erica L. Brinitzer-Graff

Erica works closely with clients on a diverse range of complex land use and real estate matters, including real property entitlements, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, subdivision mapping, zoning law matters, administrative approvals, development agreements,1031 exchanges, and right of way acquisitions.


Represented development client in prosecuting tentative subdivision map through conditions of approval to final map;

Prepared and litigated petition for peremptory writ of mandate directing local agency to vacate and set aside project approvals and mitigated negative declaration due to abuses of discretion and procedural noncompliance with CEQA;

Negotiated protection of client’s geothermal water rights;

Prepared and negotiated development agreements to vest clients’ project approvals and development rights;

Researched and prepared numerous legal memoranda regarding CEQA compliance;

Prepared and negotiated private funding agreement between developers for construction of County required area of benefit improvements;

Represented client in enforcement of court supervised settlement agreement to protect client’s easement and development rights;

Counseled development requirement seeking to obtain environmental approval, rezone, conditional use permit, design review, development plan, lot line merger and boundary adjustment, and development agreement for extensive redevelopment and expansion of existing hotel and spa;

Performed extensive due diligence review for client seeking commercial real property development approvals.


University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 2013)

University of San Diego (B.A. 2009)

Bar Admissions

California, 2013