Latest Events

  • APR 15

    Goldfarb & Lipman Attorneys Presenting at the 2019 Housing California Annual Conference

    2019 Housing California Annual Conference
    Sacramento Convention Center
    April 15 – 17, 2019


    Successful Planning, Financing, and Closing: The Nuts and Bolts of an Affordable Housing Deal


    Pre-Conference Institute
    Monday, April 15, 2019
    Presenters: Isabel Brown, Eric Phillips, Elizabeth Klueck


    Affordable housing development and financing is complex, requiring navigation of the local jurisdiction planning process and then juggling the documentation of financing. This Institute will look at all stages of development, from the entitlement process through to financing and closing. Attendees will learn practical strategies to navigate the entitlement process, including how to leverage state laws to support project approval; understanding of loan documents including negotiating strategies; title issues typical to housing projects; and how to close the deal.


    Funding Housing with New Markets Tax Credits


    Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    Panelists: Rafael Yaquian, Luis Rodriguez


    Yes, you can use the federal New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) Program to fund affordable housing, supportive housing, commercial developments and other community facilities! This workshop will explain how to use NMTC funds in your next development and provide case studies of NMTC-funded projects with housing components.


    Scaling Up Supportive Housing: Implementing Streamlining Legislation and What’s Next


    Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Panelist: Barbara Kautz


    AB 2162 (Chiu/Daly) allows developers to receive by-right expedited approval of affordable housing developments that include supportive housing, with the goal of transforming the siting of supportive housing statewide. This workshop will offer details on the legislation and how cities and counties will implement. Presenters will engage the audience in discussion around challenges with implementation and next steps in scaling up supportive housing production.

  • APR 09

    Panel Discussion: Negotiating Construction Contracts: Avoiding Common Pitfalls

    Presented by Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing in Partnership with Goldfarb & Lipman LLP


    Date: April 9, 2019
    Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Location: LA Chamber of Commerce, Boardroom
    Address: 350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
    Parking: Garage offers $10 parking


    Learn how to advocate for your position in negotiating professional service contracts at a new workshop that will cover the highly complex (and often misunderstood) world of construction contracts. While a great deal of time is often devoted to negotiating loan documents and partnership agreements, little—if any—energy is spent on negotiating the construction contract. This can lead to unfortunate and shocking results if something goes wrong during construction—as it often does.


    This workshop will cover the most significant issues in construction contracts, including liquidated damages, construction scheduling issues, payment issues, public funding requirements, and insurance. Most importantly, this workshop will address the interplay between construction work (i.e., what is going on at the project site) and the implications this has on the overall project (i.e., potential impacts on financing, tax credits, and insurance requirements). Speakers will highlight some hidden risk allocation provisions and other clauses that appear harmless, but, in fact, fundamentally alter the owner’s expectations.



    • Moderator: William DiCamillo, Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
    • Justin Dove, Area Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
    • Isabel Brown, Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
    • Kim McKay, Executive Vice President, BRIDGE Housing Corporation



  • FEB 22

    Disney's Grand New Neighbor Breaks Ground


    After years of planning, on February 11, 2019, The Grand had its groundbreaking in downtown Los Angeles. Goldfarb & Lipman is proud to be part of the team, which included: CRA/LA, Related California, Eli Broad, Frank Gehry, and countless others who helped bring this monumental development into fruition. The Grand will reinvigorate the cityscape of Los Angeles. We cannot wait until the grand opening, which is slated for 2021.


    Click here to see an ABC video about the project.


    Click here for more information from Related California.

  • OCT 18

    Lynn Hutchins Presents "Affordable Housing Infrastructure Financing" at County Counsels' Association of California's Fall Conference

    October 18-19, 2018
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
    Sacramento, California


    Lynn Hutchins’ presentation is part of the Association’s Public Works and Contracts Fall 2018 Study Section meeting.

  • OCT 05


    2018 APA California Chapter Conference

    Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
    1380 Harbor Island Drive
    San Diego, CA 92101


    Monday, October 8, 2018

    1:15pm – 2:45pm


    “One Year After California’s Housing Package…How is the World a Different Place?”


    California passed a landmark housing package in 2017 including 15 game-changing laws with new funding and preservation authorities, new streamlining and zoning changes, and increased enforcement of state law. One year later, what is working? What is still percolating? California’s housing director, Ben Metcalf, explains the important opportunities for planning professionals in this post-package world to help provide one of the most basic human needs … a home.


    Speakers:  Eric Phillips and Ben Metcalf, Director of HCD.


    3:15pm – 4:45pm


    Preparing Housing Elements Under New State Laws: Lessons Learned from Applying AB 1397 and AB 879”


    Adopted as part of the Legislature’s 2017 Housing Package, AB 1379 and AB 879 require cities and counties to provide additional analysis when adopting a housing element and limit the designation of certain sites as suitable for lower-income housing, especially non-vacant sites. This panel will discuss the substantial changes regarding housing element analysis to help prepare planners for the next round of housing element updates that kicks off in 2021 by examining a case study of a recently-prepared housing element. The City of Encinitas is one of the first jurisdictions in California to prepare a housing element under AB 1379 and AB 879. Representatives who worked on the housing element will discuss the challenges and opportunities the new requirements presented during the planning process, and HCD staff will share their perspective on how the new laws influenced their review and assessment of the City’s analysis. The presentation will focus on recent changes in state housing element laws with respect to specific changes in statutory language and its effect on implementing housing elements going forward.


    Speakers:  Barbara Kautz, Eric Phillips, Brenda Wisneski, and Paul McDougall


    Tuesday, October 9, 2018

    3:15pm – 4:45pm


    Zen, the Housing Accountability Act, and the Art of Applying Objective Standards”


    As the legislature and the courts turn their attention to limiting local agency discretion, planners may be left wondering what their options are when reviewing housing development applications. The Housing Accountability Act and SB 35 limit review to the application of objective standards, but this answer only raises more questions. This panel will focus on statutory interpretation and case law that provides guidance on what constitutes an ‘objective’ standard to help planners understand what tools are available to evaluate housing projects. Ultimately, a well-crafted set of objective standards can benefit cities and applicants by providing certainty throughout the development process, and incorporating such standards into a specific plan unlocks a range of CEQA streamlining options for future projects.  Accordingly, the panel will also discuss El Cerrito’s recently-approved Specific Plan, which uses form-based codes and objective standards to regulate development while stimulating growth through local streamlining mechanisms. The presentation will focus on recent changes in the Housing Accountability Act and the addition of SB 35 along with case law with respect to the application of ‘objective’ standards. 2017 amendments have increased legal risks to cities and counties associated with denying or conditioning housing development projects, and the panel will focus on legal information to help planners comply with the new requirements.


    Speakers:  Barbara Kautz, Dolores Dalton, and Eric Phillips plus co-panelist from the City of El Cerrito.

  • SEP 27

    Goldfarb & Lipman Presents "Successful Project Planning, Financing, and Closing: The Nuts and Bolts of Advancing a Deal" at the SCANPH Pre-Conference Seminar, September 27

    SCANPH Pre-conference Seminars and Bus Tour
    September 27, 2018
    JW Marriott, LA Live
    900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
    1:00 – 5:30 p.m.


    “Successful Project Planning, Financing, and Closing: The Nuts and Bolts of Advancing a Deal”


    Learn to navigate the entitlement process, including how to leverage state laws to support project approval (specifically SB 35, density bonus, CEQA streamlining, and the Housing Accountability Act). This interactive session will also cover loan documents, title issues, the closing process, and concerns related to local government that impact successful project planning and development, including relocation, Article 34, prevailing wages, and accessibility. This seminar is presented in partnership with SCANPH member Goldfarb & Lipman, LLP. Presenting attorneys: Isabel Brown, Elizabeth Klueck, and Eric Phillips.

  • SEP 25


    SCANPH Annual Conference
    September 28, 2018
    JW Marriott, LA Live
    900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
    10:45am – 12:15pm


    “Legal Strategies to Combat NIMBYism in Siting”


    There is a strong legal framework to protect against discrimination in the siting of affordable and supportive housing and emergency shelters in California. This workshop will teach you the utility of these laws early on in the planning and development process so that lawsuits can be avoided and housing can be built faster. Under current law, all jurisdictions across the state must do their fair share to house people in the jurisdiction who are homeless. The law also ensures that occupants of shelter or housing are protected against discrimination by focusing the required analysis on the impact of the proposed use, rather than the occupants. And yet, resident opposition against specific projects and specific populations continue to act as barriers to worthy projects.

  • AUG 23

    Goldfarb & Lipman Presents NPH Brown Bag Training - What Lies Beneath: Top 10 Lurking Dangers in Construction Contracts on August 23, 2018

    NPH Brown Bag Training


    NPH Conference Room
    369 Pine Street, Suite 310
    San Francisco, CA 94104


    What Lies Beneath: Top 10 Lurking Dangers in Construction Contracts


    In the sprint to closing a construction loan for an affordable housing project, the construction contract is frequently overlooked and often misunderstood. While loan documents, partnership agreements, and other documents command attention and negotiation, the construction contract, in contrast, is often treated as a mere afterthought. After all, the AIA-standard forms are mostly boiler-plate stuff that someone must have thought made sense and all we need to think about is the contract sum and the schedule, right? Unfortunately, this conventional wisdom is anything but wise as the standard AIA construction contract is loaded with provisions that could potentially lead to shocking results. This Brown Bag will discuss the 10 most significant provisions, including some hidden risk allocation provisions and other clauses that appear harmless to the untrained eye, but, in fact, fundamentally alter the owner’s expectations.


    Speakers:  William DiCamillo and Isabel Brown