Latest Events

  • SEP 16

    Goldfarb & Lipman Attorneys Present at the 40th Annual NPH Affordable Housing Conference

    40th Annual NPH Affordable Housing Conference

    September 20, 8:00am – 6:00pm

    San Francisco Marriott Marquis



    Session 2 (1:45 – 3:45pm)
    Salon 1-2


    Panel: Dave Kroot, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP, Ali Gaylord, MidPen Housing; Faith Kirkpatrick, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development


    Educator Housing has become a hot topic with teachers as the prime example of the missing middle income and as part of the discussion about teacher retention problems made extreme by lack of affordable housing. School districts also have land that could be developed. Balancing the needs of school districts, public policy and funding requirements to create a successful housing development is fraught. Adding Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bonds to the mix has particular challenges. Bringing together the perspectives of local government, the nonprofit developer, and an experienced attorney, this panel will have a lively discussion about the obstacles, challenges, and progress to date on creating educator housing. The panelists will address fair housing issues and who is served by educator housing.



    Session 2 (1:45 – 3:15pm)
    Nob Hill A-B


    Panel: Amy DeVaudruil, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP; Kyle Attenhofer, MidPen Housing; Sean Barnes, Enterprise


    So your Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) project was Placed in Service, now what? Don’t be caught off guard! This panel of asset manager, attorney, and investor will present case studies focusing on projects that maneuvered through difficult fiscal scenarios working backwards to unravel what was done to prepare, what could have been done, and how a resolution was brokered. This panel will take a deep dive into the technical side of LIHTC to give the audience analytical benchmarks from inception through Y15, how the capital account can be impacted, and development of early warning systems to ensure no project becomes an unexpected liability and maintain financial sustainability. Participants will also learn who should be involved in monitoring and decision making at each stage of a project’s lifecycle and how each plays a part in avoiding fiscal calamity.



    Session 3 (3:30 – 5:00pm)
    Salon 5-6


    Panel: Erica Williams Orcharton, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP; “Emeline “Mimi” Alvarez, California Department of Housing and Community Development; Kevin Leichner, Eden Housing


    The Portfolio Restructuring statute authorizes the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to interpret and implement through guidelines the process for restructuring existing HCD portfolio loans. The Loan Portfolio Restructuring (LPR) Guidelines were originally adopted in 2014, and HCD has recently updated the guidelines for technical corrections and is in the process of incorporating the new AB2562 legislation. Panelists will discuss what works, problems to sidestep, obstacles to prepare for, and the application and transaction process with the goal of creating collaboration among HCD, attorneys, and stakeholders for a smooth closing.



  • 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.